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U2: A Spectacular Dublin Event

Aug 24, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Christian Sinclair

Christian Sinclair developed CAPA’s new Dublin Seminar entitled Sounds of Resistance: Music and Politics in Ireland and will be co-teaching it in summer 2018. Recently he attended U2’s Joshua Tree concert in Dublin and has offered to share his experience on the CAPA World Blog.


Last night, Saturday, July 22, along with another 80,000 fans, I attended U2’s Joshua Tree concert at Croke Park here in Dublin. The fans, hailing from all around the world, were loud, enthusiastic, supportive, and emotional. Just like they should have been. The energy was incredible and the longer the evening went on, the more frenzied the crowd became. Next to me on one side were two Irish guys in their late 40s who had seen the band at Croke Park in 1987. On the other side was a young Nigerian who had flown in from Lagos to hear them play. They (we!) came from all over. The city was transformed for days before the concert with thousands milling about in U2 t-shirts, street artists painting Bono portraits, ticket hawkers, impromptu stalls selling U2 paraphernalia, and news agents selling special U2-hyped magazine editions.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Music

Music Culture in Dublin

Jun 28, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_MadelineMessina_Dublin_Headshot.pngMadeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Madeline discusses the deep-rooted history of music in Irish culture, and how it has changed throughout the years.


Music has a close relationship with Dublin. It’s difficult to walk down a busy street in the city without hearing music. Whether it’s the buskers on Mary or Grafton street during the day or Irish trad pouring out of the pubs at night, the pulse of the music mirrors Dublin’s heartbeat.  It’s easy to see that Dubliners are very passionate about music. Plenty of the troubadours sat in the streets don’t have cups out to accept money, they do it for the love of it. Traditional musicians in pubs sit in booths playing their instruments over the tables while the sound reverberates through the crowd; they are on the same level as everyone else. It is very symbolic, in a way, because musicians aren’t idolized here, music is free to be enjoyed by the every-man.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Art Abroad, Music

Traditional Music in Ireland

Mar 15, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Sarah Kaplan Profile Square.jpgSarah Kaplan is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A screen studies major with a concentration in film/media production at Clark University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's video, Sarah shows us some performers playing traditional Irish music around Dublin. 


Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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