Joan Trimble Bursary Awards supporting five local young people


The Joan Trimble Bursary Awards continue to support local artistic talent, awarding grants to five young people. Established by her family and administered by the Fermanagh Trust, the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards were set up in memory of the Enniskillen born musician and composer. Recognising Joan’s lifelong commitment to County Fermanagh, these awards were established to aid and encourage the involvement of young people in all aspects of the creative and performing arts and Irish culture.

The recent bursary recipients include Shauneen Maguire, a dedicated harp and piano accordion player and a previous all-Ireland champion. The Joan Trimble Awards are helping Shauneen invest in harp lessons which will aid her in preparing for London College of Music Traditional Irish Music exams. It will also help her teaching capabilities, having over 100 students currently attending music lessons by herself, sharing her knowledge and revitalising traditional music.


Shauneen Maguire will use her award for harp lessons which will aid her in preparing for London College of Music Traditional Irish Music exams


Ambitious musician Isaac Milligan’s goal is to attend the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He will use his bursary to attend a programme of jazz piano lessons at the Piano Academy of Ireland. This personalised teaching will greatly develop Isaac’s skills and help him reach his goals.


Isaac Milligan will use his bursary for a programme of jazz piano lessons at the Piano Academy of Ireland


John Cathcart is currently studying musical theatre at The Royal Academy of Musical in London. He is seeking to develop his vocal training by attending a highly acclaimed private team of vocal specialists. This training, supported by the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards, will help John access a new range within his vocal ability and build his career.

Lorcán McManus is passionate about musical theatre, having been involved in a number of performances and is currently working towards Grade 4. He will use his Bursary Award to attend a Summer School Camp in Kildare where he will have the opportunity to attend classes and gain more performance experience.

Sofia Bradley will use her Bursary Award to attend a Riverdance Summer School, improving her dance skills. This opportunity to be immersed in the professional world of performance dance will allow Sofia to inspire younger dancers in her dance school who already see her as a role model.

Liz McVey, granddaughter of the late Joan Trimble and Chairperson of the Bursary Awards commented, “We are delighted to support these talented young people who are so deserving of these opportunities which will nurture their already impressive skills, build their confidence and hopefully play a part in their future careers. We hope to reach even more young people with these bursaries and very much wish that others from all sectors of the arts will be encouraged to apply. The Joan Trimble Bursary Awards are pleased to be able to encourage wider access to the arts in this way.”

There is no minimum grant, and bursaries up to a maximum of £1,000 per academic year are available to individuals.  In exceptional circumstances, a higher award may be considered. The next closing date for applications will be Friday 29th March 2024. For more information / to apply CLICK HERE



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