Cork cellist wins scholarship to one of the US's most prestigious arts schools
CELLIST Sinead O'Halloran, 18, from Blackrock, Cork, winner of Top Security's Fr Frank Maher Music Awards for sixth year post-primary students, has now won a two-year scholarship to attend the world-famous Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas. Joe Doyle, general manager of Top Security Cork, presented Sinead with a €2,000 bursary to go towards her travelling and living expenses.
The school is one of the US's most prestigious arts institutions, and alumni have won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as Tony, Emmy and Academy Awards.
SUMMER SCHOOL CELEBRATES JFK'S VISIT
MARKING the 50th anniversary of JFK's visit to Ireland, the Parnell Summer School, from August 11-16, will explore the place of Kennedy and Parnell in history and will pay tribute to these two remarkable men in the beautiful setting of Avondale, Parnell's ancestral home. Further information at www.parnellsociety.com.
FUND GIVES &EURO;1.77M TO PEACE PROJECTS
THE International Fund for Ireland has confirmed financial assistance of €1.77m for a range of peace-building and reconciliation projects in Northern Ireland and the six southern border counties.
The financial commitment includes €903,511 in the fund's Peace Impact Programme for community groups in Belfast, Derry, Lurgan, Coleraine and Dundalk.
AUTHOR MALONE TO LAUNCH LATEST NOVEL
Former soldier turned award-winning author Martin Malone launches his latest novel, Valley of the Peacock Angel (published by New Island), in Kildare Co Library, Claregate Street, Kildare, this Thursday, July 18, at 7pm. Guest speaker on the evening is Senator John Whelan.
O2 HOSTS 'LORD OF THE RINGS' CONCERT
THE RTE Concert Orchestra will perform The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on Sunday, October 27, at the O2, Dublin. Tickets from €40 are on sale now.
CONFERENCE EXPLORES FAMINE FAMILIES
THE third annual International Famine Conference, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at NUI Maynooth, takes place at Strokestown Park House, Co Roscommon, on July 19-20.
'The Famine Irish: Emigration & New Lives' will explore the lives of many who left during the Famine.
'JOE DOLAN'S CAR' U-TURNS TO OLYMPIA
THE play The Night Joe Dolan's Car Broke Down! is back at the Olympia Theatre from September 24-28. Tickets are available from €20 at Ticketmaster.ie.