Cathedral Deans

  • Dermot Dunne

  • William Morton

Conference Speakers

  • David Bremner

  • Michael Burrows

  • Nicholas Carolan

  • Margaret Daly-Denton

  • Kerry Houston

  • Michael Jackson

  • Alan McCormack

  • Mark Redmond

Cathedral Music Directors

  • Ian Keatley

  • Stuart Nicholson

Dean, Christ Church Cathedral

Dean, St Patrick's Cathedral

​Christ Church Cathedral

Bishop of Cashel, Ossory and Ferns

Irish Traditional Music Archives

Trinity College Dublin

Dublin Institute of Technology, Conservatory of Music and Drama

Archbishop of Dublin

Goodenough College, London

Performer on the uilleann pipes

​Christ Church Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral

The Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson

The Most Revd Dr Michael Geoffrey St Aubyn Jackson, has been Archbishop of Dublin, Bishop of Glendalough and Primate of Ireland since 2011.

He was ordained a deacon in 1986 and a priest in 1987. His first pastoral appointment was as a curate at Zion Parish, Dublin, and he also lectured at Trinity College, Dublin and the Church of Ireland Theological College (now Institute). His next appointment was as College Chaplain at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1989 to 1997. He returned to Ireland and served as the Incumbent of St Fin Barre's Union and Dean of Cork, from 1997 to 2002. He was elected Bishop of Clogher in November 2001 and consecrated at St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh on 6 March 2002. On 2 February 2011, he was elected Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough.

Archbishop Jackson has held many positions in the Church of Ireland. He plays an active role in the wider Anglican Communion, especially in the areas of ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue. He also serves as Co-chairman of the Anglican-Lutheran Porvoo Communion.

The Right Reverend Michael Burrows

Michael Burrows has been bishop of Cashel Ferns and Ossory since 2006 - a diocese with six cathedrals!  His previous years as dean of Cork and chaplain to Trinity College Dublin gave him rich experience of ministering in the context of choral foundations devoted to liturgical and musical excellence. He was highly involved in the work of liturgical revision in the Church of Ireland around the turn of the century, and served on the revision committees of both the Book of Common Prayer and the Church Hymnal. His interests beyond Ireland include being Anglican co - Chair of the Anglican Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council, and in the past he represented the Church of Ireland in consultations and initiatives shared with several of the Porvoo Communion churches. His background is largely in medieval history; he is an amateur organist although shamefully out of practice nowadays!


The Very Reverend Dermot Dunne

The Very Reverend Dermot Dunne is Dean of Christ Church and the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough. Dermot is a native of Mallow Co. Cork; he was ordained deacon in 1983 and Priest in 1984. He is a graduate in philosophy and theology of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and is a Masters graduate of Dublin City University. Dermot served as Dean’s Vicar at Christ Church where he served his title for two and a half years before being appointed incumbent of the Crosspatrick and Carnew group of parishes in the diocese of Ferns.  Dermot was appointed to the deanery at Christ Church in May 2008 having served the diocese of Ferns for seven years.



The Very Reverend Dr William Morton

The Very Reverend Dr William Morton has been Dean & Ordinary of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, since September 2016. A native of Co Armagh, he was a journalist before training for ordination, and has served in Limavady, Letterkenny and Gartan in Co Donegal, and also as Dean of Saint Columb’s Cathedral, Derry for 19 years prior to his election to Saint Patrick’s. Dean Morton, who, as a student benefitted from a three-year Scholarship for organ in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh is a devotee of classical music, particularly the relationship between church music and liturgy, and recently completed a Master’s degree in Music on “The Hymns of Cecil Frances Alexander: An Exploration of Text and Music.”

It was during his years as Dean of Derry that the Cathedral organ was rebuilt by Wells-Kennedy Partnership, of Lisburn, and considerably enlarged, at a cost of over £550,000 following an attack of wanton vandalism by intruders who got inside the organ works and smashed the pipework. Dr Morton, subsequently, also helped establish regular and frequent recitals on the organ with such well known performers as David Briggs, Artist in Residence in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and Martin Neary, formerly Organist & Master of the Choristers in Westminster Abbey.



The Reverend Dr Alan McCormack

The Revd Dr Alan McCormack is the Dean of Goodenough College in London and a Priest of the Parish of Mayfair- St George, Hanover Square. He serves additionally as a Chaplain to the City of London, one of the world's great centres of international commerce and finance. Born in Northern Ireland and educated at Oxford and at Yale, he is a scripture specialist with a current interest in the relationships between public theology and the arts.


Mr Ian Keatley

Ian Keatley is Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral. He is responsible for the direction of the Cathedral’s music, both at the daily choral services and the many diocesan and national occasions which take place there. He directs the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral in its programme of concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours.

Before moving to Dublin in January 2012, Ian was Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School and was previously Deputy Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, Her Majesty’s Tower of London. From 2004 – 2006 he was Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey where he played at a number of royal and state occasions including the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II, broadcast live on BBC television, and state memorial services for former Prime Minister, Lord Callaghan and comedian Ronnie Barker.

Ian was Assistant Director of Music at Croydon Minster from 2000-2002. Whilst Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral from 2002 – 2004, Ian founded and directed the Cathedral Merbecke Choir which performed services, concerts and recitals for City of London livery companies. In 2004 he graduated from the Royal College of Music where he was a prize winner for organ performance. Before moving to London in 2000, Ian was a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral and studied singing with Ashley Stafford in Oxford.

Recently Ian has performed organ recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, St Alban’s Abbey and Truro Cathedral. In 2009, Ian performed an organ and bagpipe duet recital with Pipe Major Jim Motherwell (Personal Piper to HM The Queen) at Westminster Abbey - a first for the recital series at the Abbey!

Mr Stuart Nicholson

Stuart  Nicholson studied  at  the  Royal College  of  Music  in London  with  John Birch,  during  which time  he  was  awarded scholarships  at  the Temple  Church  and St  Paul’s  Cathedral; he  became  an Associate  of  the  Royal  College  of  Music  in  organ  performance with  honours  and  graduated  with  first  class  honours  in  July  1997. Following  posts  at  Saint  Mary’s  Cathedral,  Edinburgh,  Waltham Abbey  &  Birmingham  Cathedral,  Stuart  was  appointed  Organist & Master  of  Choristers  at  Saint  Patrick’s  Cathedral  in  March  2010. The  Cathedral  Choir  maintains  a  busy  schedule  which  includes  12 weekly  choral  services,  frequent  broadcasts,  concerts,  tours  & recordings  including  their  latest  CDs  ‘A  year  at  Saint  Patrick’s’ (Regent  Records)  which  was  released  last  September,  and  ‘How can  I  keep  from  singing’  released  in  April.


Dr David Bremner

David Bremner is the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist. Originally from West Cumbria, UK, he moved to Ireland in 1999 following an Organ Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford, having previously been a chorister at Durham Cathedral. He studied organ with David Sanger and Mark Duley, and piano with Mary Lennon. He has performed with many of Dublin’s leading ensembles, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Crash Ensemble. In 2013 he completed a Ph.D in Composition at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with Gráinne Mulvey, and he now lectures in Composition at DIT.

Particular interests are contemporary repertoire and liturgical improvisation. He has premiered over 20 new works for organ by Ireland-based composers. He is also fascinated by the combination of organ with other instruments: he has a long-standing collaboration with the uilleann piper Mark Redmond; their CD l’air du temps, recorded in the Cathedral, was released in 2014. He has also composed works for organ plus Javanese gamelan, and organ plus electronics.

David co-directs the music/text production company Béal; recent composition projects include a work for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and a large-scale song-cycle setting the poetry of Irish minimalist poet Billy Mills, written for soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and violist Andreea Banciu.


Dr Kerry Houston

Kerry Houston was a chorister at St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin where he studied organ with W.S. Greig. He took his music degrees at Trinity College Dublin and his degree in theology at the Pontifical University at Maynooth. He has held positions in the music departments at Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Maynooth University. He is Head of the Department of Academic Studies at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he is also Director of the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland. His publications focus on aspects of sacred music in Ireland and notably as joint subject editor for sacred music in the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland with Gerard Gillen. He is Director of Chapel Music at Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Margaret Daly-Denton

Margaret Daly-Denton has been involved in liturgy since 1975 when, as a young organist and music graduate, she went to study and work at Ireland’s newly founded Liturgy Institute. From then until 2000, she would serve extensively on ICEL (The International Committee on English in the Liturgy). Her edited collection, Alleluia! Amen! Music for the Liturgy (Dublin: Veritas, 1978) became a seminal resource for the post-Vatican II liturgical renewal. She composed several Masses and numerous Responsorial Psalms. Her settings of antiphons for the Divine Office are sung in monasteries throughout the English-speaking world. More recently, her M. Theol. dissertation examined eucharistic origins, while her doctoral work explored the biblical sources of Christian ritual song. For the last twenty years or so, she has taught New Testament, principally at Trinity College Dublin. She has written numerous scholarly articles on liturgy and biblical studies and is currently an ‘Amen Corner’ writer for the international ecumenical journal, Worship. She has authored three books: David in the Fourth Gospel: The Johannine Reception of the Psalms (Leiden: Brill, 2000), Psalm-Shaped Prayerfulness: A Guide to the Christian Reception of the Psalms (Dublin: Columba, 2010; Collegeville, Minn., Liturgical Press, 2011), and John, An Earth Bible Commentary: Supposing Him to Be the Gardener (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).



Dr Nicholas Carolan

A native of Drogheda, Co Louth, Nicholas Carolan was the founding Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin from 1987 to 2015, and general editor of its publications. Since his retirement, he has been Director Emeritus of the Archive.

He is an archivist, researcher and collector, and a writer and frequent lecturer on Irish traditional music. From 1977 to 1992 he was Secretary of the Folk Music Society of Ireland, and from 1985 to 1998 lectured on Irish traditional music in Trinity College Dublin.

He has had a parallel career as a radio and television broadcaster, and is best known as researcher and presenter of the archival television series Come West along the Road and Siar an Bóthar (1994–2015), the longest-running music series on Irish television.

Among his published work is an edition of A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes of 1724 (1986, 2nd ed. 2010), A Harvest Saved: Francis O'Neill and Irish Music in Chicago (1997), the article on Irish traditional music in the current New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and a variety of CDs and DVDs.



Mr Mark Redmond

Mark Redmond has gained vast experience as a performer on the uilleann pipes in wide range of genres. He has performed as soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra; RTE National Symphony Orchestra (including a performance as soloist on the occasion of the state visit of Queen Elisabeth II to Ireland, 2011); Camerata Ireland under the direction of pianist Barry Douglas, in the Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts, Washington; The Savannah Philharmonic, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Rennes, France. At the Eucharistic Congress in 2012, he performed during the closing ceremony at Croke Park in front of 80,000 people and a worldwide live television audience.

On regular occasions Mark collaborates with the organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Dr. David Bremner. In 2014 they released an album which combines the traditional lament repertoire with music of the French Classical Organ School and contemporary com

He also collaborates frequently with Riverdance, Celtic Woman, Celtic Legends, The Irish Memory Orchestra, The Irish Harp Orchestra and The National Folk Orchestra of Ireland.

Mark received a First Class Honours Degree from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2011 and completed an Honours Masters in Music there in 2012.

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