New music bursary award established in memory of inspirational Eimear Noonan

The Eimear Noonan Music Bursary Award has been established by the Noonan family of Caher, Co. Clare in memory of their daughter and sister Eimear, who died in a tragic accident in France in November 2017.

Eimear (21 ) had just begun her teaching career a few weeks previously in Ecole Font Chevalier in the town of Annonay. She was an avid and talented musician playing in a number of different genres and was one of the driving forces behind UCC Orchestra during her years of language study there.

The Bursary Award is funded from the proceeds of a memorial concert held in Gort on her first anniversary in November 2018.

Performing on the night were Eimear’s musical associates spanning the classical and traditional music genres, including Coole Music Youth Orchestra, UCC Orchestra, GCS Choir and ensemble and a group of Eimear’s close trad music friends.

Additional funds were gratefully received from the Scariff RFC Robbie Madden Fundraiser and private donors. A second memorial concert to continue supporting music education, will take place in Gort on Saturday November 16, 2019.

The award of €1,000 euros each, to one student from Clare and Galway is open to first year students of music, pursuing a course at third level in the current academic year 2019-2020. Closing date is Monday, October 14, 2019.

All details on eligibility etc. can be found on



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