Many Irish children never get a ‘sniff’ of music education

‘Many Irish children never get a ‘sniff’ of music education’. This was among the many issues discussed at Music Generation’s inaugural National Seminar held at St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra on Tuesday September 14th, attended by over 150 delegates throughout the country. The Seminar launched the call for applications from local Music Education Partnerships to apply for funding to help children and young people access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area. A total fund €1.8million is available in Round 2.

In welcoming delegates to the Seminar, Dr. Pauric Travers President of St. Patrick’s College, spoke of the importance of access to music education. In his address, Dr. Tony Ó Dálaigh Chairman of Music Generation, thanked U2 and The Ireland Funds for their philanthropic donation of €7million which he acknowledged had ‘significantly mobilised and energised the music education movement in Ireland’. Speaking on behalf of the donors, Caitriona Fottrell, Vice President and Director Ireland of The Ireland Funds, praised Music Generation for its achievements, emphasised the importance of music education in the lives of children and young people and acknowledged the hugely positive national response to the initiative.  Further details