The daa congratulates our young musicians
Two young Fingal musicians from Malahide and Swords have been recognised for their musical prowess, talent and dexterity, by being crowned Young Musician of the Year 2019 for their respective towns.
The Malahide Young Musician of the Year is open to all young people who live, go to school in, or attend music lessons in the Malahide, Portmarnock and Kinsealy areas.
Participants compete in various categories including Brass, Pianoforte, String, Vocal, Woodwind and other instruments.
The winners of each category then compete for the overall title, which is awarded with a €200 bursary and the daa Perpetual Cup.
Matthew Nolan, who lives in Malahide and attends Belvedere College in Dublin City Centre was the winner of this year's Malahide competition, competing in the Senior Piano category.
The Swords Young Musician celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, and the competition is open to young people who live in the Swords Electoral Area.
This year's event took place in the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords, where the winners from seventeen music categories competed for the coveted title.
Oldtown resident Lauren Smyth, a fifth-year student in the Dominican College on Griffith Avenue, was crowned Swords Young Musician of the Year 2019, performing in the Under 18 Violin category.
Dublin Airport has been a long-standing sponsor of both events since their inception, and continued to support the competitions this year.
The Malahide competition is one of the longest standing sponsorship relationships Dublin Airport has with a community event in Fingal since the beginning of the competition in 1981.
Speaking about the airport's long association with both competitions, Dublin Airport's Community Liaison Manager Maura Cassidy said: 'We are very proud of our long-standing and ongoing contribution to our local communities and these two wonderful events in particular.'
She added: ' 'It was a pleasure to experience first-hand how talented our neighbouring musicians are. I want to congratulate all those who took part, especially the winners Matthew and Lauren.'
'We are eager to engage with as many organisations and community projects as possible, and I urge all groups working to strengthen our local areas to visit our website and find more information on the Community Fund', Ms Cassidy concluded.