Seven grants awarded from the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards





Seven talented young people have been awarded grants to support their pursuits in music and performing arts. The Joan Trimble Bursary Awards were set up in 2002 in memory of the Enniskillen-born musician and composer.  Established by her family, the Awards recognise Joan’s lifelong commitment to County Fermanagh and their purpose is to encourage the involvement of young people in music, creativity, the performing arts and Irish culture.

The recent successful recipients include Dáire John Dunne towards attending the Belfast Tradfest in July for five days of Irish Traditional Fiddle Masterclasses and Cahir O Maonaile, proficient in both fiddle and banjo, with a bursary towards participating at the Meitheal Irish Traditional Music Summer School.

April McGuigan, Joanna Moore and Victoria Moore classical choral singers have received awards to support their attendance at the Charles Wood Festival and Summer School. Fen Columb-Hallewell's grant will subsidise the costs of workshops, classes, and short courses, aiding in the development of their skills in stage and screen acting. Ava Isabella McArdle also received an award towards developing her musical talents. These recipients represent a diverse range of talents and ambitions in the arts, and the grants will help them further their skills and pursue their passions.

Liz McVey, granddaughter of the late Joan Trimble and Chairperson of the Bursary Awards commented “We are thrilled to congratulate the seven successful applicants on receiving grants to further their pursuits in music and performing arts. Each of these individuals demonstrates exceptional talent and dedication in their respective fields, and we are proud to support their endeavors. We believe these bursary awards will not only provide financial assistance but also serve as encouragement for them to continue honing their skills and achieving their goals in the arts."

Areas of support for individuals up to and including 25 years of age include: specialist education training sessions and courses; international cultural programmes; participation in master classes and summer schools. To qualify, applicants must be living in Fermanagh, or be / have been in full time education in County Fermanagh, or at university /in Higher Education but officially resident in Fermanagh.

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 awards will be opening again later in the year. For more information CLICK HERE



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