Joan Trimble Bursary Awards




Established by her family, the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards recognise Joan’s lifelong commitment to County Fermanagh and their purpose is to encourage the involvement of young people in creativity, the performing arts and Irish culture. 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.


Applications to the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards are considered three times per year. The next closing date is 16th November. For more information CLICK HERE


The latest recipient of a Joan Trimble Bursary Award is student Maeve McCann from Lisnarick . Maeve has received her bursary to gain further tuition on the Uilleann Pipes – weekly classes at Na Píobairí Uilleann in Dublin and a weekend piping academy in November at William Kennedy Piping Festival.

Now in her first year at Trinity College Dublin, Maeve is keen to further her talent of Uileann Pipes and is eager to take part in opportunities that will help that progression.

Maeve said “This is amazing news; I’m so pleased and thank you to the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards for their generous contribution. My motivation to be a piper and love of music has enabled me to progress so far to an intermediate standard and now I would heartily like to progress to a new level of competency with regular tuition.”

Na Píobairí Uilleann was founded in order to preserve Uilleann piping and attracts a high calibre of tutors. The club is renowned across Ireland and the world as a place of growth for Uilleann piping and Irish music.

The William Kennedy Piping Festival is truly unique in its inclusion of piping. Not only will Meave have the opportunity to attend Uilleann Piping classes but also see and hear pipes from across the world and learn vital skills in Uilleann Pipe maintenance.

Joanna McVey, daughter of the late Joan Trimble and Secretary of the Bursary Awards said “Maeve has shown real drive and ambition to further develop her skills and I’m confident her participation in these classes will no doubt help the progression of her talent. I’m delighted the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards is able to help Maeve and we wish her every success for the future.”




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