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Paddy Healy: Physicist and Academic


Lecturer And Researcher in Physics (Acoustics) (1966-2010) at DIT Kevin St (Now Retired)

Academic Research Interest: Musical Instrument Acoustics

Author “Resonant Vibrations of The Irish Folk Harp”-MSc Major Thesis (Dublin University-Trinity College)  Thesis of Paddy Healy cannot be accessed by clicking below, the link must be PASTED INTO Search Engine



The Bunting Harp Collection: A Digital Commission

Wednesday, 24 July 2019, 4.00pm

Music Network (MN) and The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) are offering an opportunity for a professional sound or visual artist to create an installation work, using as its inspiration the historically significant harp tunes collected in 1792 by Edward Bunting.  https://wp.me/pKzXa-1l8

Artists are invited to submit proposals outlining their creative response to a range of multimedia digital materials relating to the collection held by MN, ITMA, and Special Collections & Archives, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Materials are comprised of digitised 18th century publication and manuscript sources, and 21st century audio-visual harp studio performances.

This is a unique opportunity for the recipient to create and present new work through the exploration, discovery and creative re-use of archival materials, and to bring this valuable collection to the attention of the wider public.


Paddy Healy     Musical Instrument Acoustics

Recommended Citation

Healy, P. (1993). Resonant vibrations of the Irish Folk Harp. Masters Thesis. University of Dublin.

doi :10.21427/7w5y-hq38



Resonant Vibrations of the Irish Folk Harp
Author: Patrick Healy
Publication: Other Resources

Joint Research Supervisor with Prof Ita Hogan-Beausang, Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT, of

“Microtonal Systems and Guitar Composition”  M Phil Research Thesis of Mike Neilsen, Professional Guitarist, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama



Thesis of Mike Neilsen can be accessed by simply clicking on the link below



Dr Mike Neilsen continued the study above to PhD level and now lectures in guitar at Conservatory of Music and Drama, Tecnological University of Dublin (formerly DIT)

Paddy Healy is Former member of Governing Body and of Academic Council DIT (Now Technological University of Dublin).

He has been a member of the Council of Convocation of the National University of Ireland.

He has served for a number of years on The Higher Education and Research Sub-Committee of Education International, the international representative body for teachers and lecturers.

He has represented  TUI on the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE).

Paddy Healy was a member of the international Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) on education matters for 6 years.

He is  Convenor of The Campaign for Academic Freedom which is defending academic freedom  in Universities and Institutes of Technology against attempts to restrict or control free expression of opinion and free choice of scholarship, including research area, by academics. Rampant managerialism and commodification of learning have posed a threat to this crucial democratic principle. He organised and chaired the Gathering for Academic Freedom which took place in the Gresham Hotel on January 22, 2010. The Gathering was attended by 200 academics from virtually all third level institutions in the state.


paddy.healy@eircom.net      086-4183732

Born in Clonmel Co Tipperary  1945,

Attended Presentation Convent Primary School (Junior and Senior Infants)

Attended St Peter and Paul’s CBS Primary School

Won County Council Scholarship to Secondary School

Attended  Clonmel CBS HIgh  School

Won County Council Scholarship to University on leaving Certificate performance

Attended University College Dublin 1962-1966

(Advised Students for Democratic Action 1967)

Graduated in Physics From UCD 1966 ,

Lectured in Physics(acoustics) DIT until retirement in 2010

Married to Dr Anne O’Donnell (Teacher and Lecturer in Mathematics and Computing), ; Originally from Clogher, Barnesmore, Donegal Town

Tá suim mhór ag Paddy i dteanga agus i litríocht na Gaeilge- morán ama caite aige sa Rinn, i  gChúl Aodha, agus lena bhean Áine i nGleann Cholm Chille is ar Oileán Thoraí i gCondae Dún na NGall

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