Ann Buckley

Ann Buckley is an Irish musicologist, born in Dublin.

Buckley studied at University College Cork (B.Mus., 1971; M.A. 1972), Doctoraal (University of Amsterdam, 1976) and a Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, 1991). She has held academic positions in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Romania, including visiting professorships at the University of Paris IV–Sorbonne (2001–3) and at the European Union International Intensive Programme in Irish Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Lille, 2000–3). She was Research Scholar at Corpus Christi College Cambridge (1983–9) and subsequently a Research Fellow (1989–92) and Research Associate (1992–5) at Darwin College, Cambridge. Between 2003 and 2008 she was an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Research Fellow at Maynooth University. She is now a Research Associate at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College, Dublin.[1]


  • "What was the Tiompán? A Problem in Ethnohistorical Organology. Evidence in Irish Literature", in: Jahrbuch für Musikalische Volks- und Völkerkunde, ix (1978), p. 53–88.
  • "Timpán/Tiompán", in: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 1980).
  • "A Note on the History and Archaeology of Jew's harps in Ireland", in: North Munster Antiquarian Journal, xxv (1983), pp. 29–35.
  • "Jew's Harps in Irish Archaeology", in: Second Conference of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology, ed. Cajsa S. Lund, (Stockholm, 1986), pp. 49–71.
  • "A Ceramic Signal Horn from Medieval Dublin", in: Archaeologia Musicalis i (1987), pp. 9–10.
  • "A Viking Bow from 11th-Century Dublin", in Archaeologia Musicalis i (1987), pp. 10–11.
  • "Musical Instruments from Medieval Dublin: A Preliminary Survey", in: The Archaeology of Early Music Cultures: Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Study Group on Music Archaeology (Bonn, 1988), pp. 145–162.
  • "Musical Instruments in Ireland from the 9th to the 14th Centuries: A Review of the Organological Evidence", in: Irish Musical Studies i (Blackrock: Irish Academic Press, 1990), pp. 13–57.
  • Sound Tools from the Waterford Excavations; typescript (1991).
  • "Music-related Imagery on Early Christian Insular Sculpture: Identification, Context, Function", in: Imago Musicae / International Yearbook of Musical Iconography viii (1991), pp. 135–199.
  • "Harps and Lyres on Early Medieval Monuments in Britain and Ireland", in: Harp vii (3/1992), pp. 8–9, 15–21.
  • "An Archaeological Survey of Musical Instruments from Medieval Ireland", in: Festschrift Tadeusz Malinowski (Supsk-Poza, 1993), pp. 65–72.
  • "'A lesson for the people': Reflections on Image and Habitus in Medieval Insular Iconographny", in: RIdIM/RCMI Newsletter xx/1 (Spring 1995), p. 3-9.
  • "'And his voice swelled like a terrible thunderstorm ...': Music as Symbolic Sound in Irish Society", in: Irish Musical Studies iii (1995), pp. 11–74.
  • "Music and Manners: Readings of Medieval Irish Literature", in: Bullán: An Irish Studies Journal iii/1 (Spring 1997), pp. 33–49.
  • "Representations of Musicians in John Derricke's 'The Image of Irelande' (1581)", in: Music, Words, and Images: Essays in Honour of Koraljka Kos, edited by Vjera Katalinić and Zdravko Blažeković (Zagreb: Croatian Musicological Society, 1999), pp. 77–91.
  • "Music and Musicians in Medieval Irish Society, in: Early Music xxviii, (no. 2, May 2000), pp. 165–190.
  • "Celtic Chant", in: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 2000), pp. 341–349.
  • "Representations of Musicians in Medieval Christian Iconography of Ireland and Scotland as Local Cultural Expression", in: Art and Music in the Early Medieval Period: Essays in Honour of Franca Triachieri Camiz, edited by Katherine A. McIver (Aldershot, 2003), pp. 217–231.
  • "Music in Prehistoric and Medieval Ireland", in: A New History of Ireland, volume 1 (Oxford, 2005), pp. 744–813.
  • (ed.): Music, Liturgy, and the Veneration of Saints of the Medieval Irish Church in a European Context (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017), ISBN 978-2-503-53470-1.

In progressEdit

  • 'Nobilitate vigens Furseus': The Medieval Office of St Fursey, Norwich (in press).


  1. ^ Elaine Kelly: "Buckley, Ann", in: The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, edited by Harry White and Barra Boydell (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013), pp. 132–134.