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Over €30,000 in prizes for 2017 RDS Craft Awards



Over €30,000 in prizes for 2017 RDS Craft Awards

RDS Craft Awards Open for Online Entries on March 20 – Deadline: June 14

Showcasing and rewarding excellence in Irish craft since 1968, the RDS Craft Awards is a two strand open competition with an independent panel of craft experts assessing the work of emerging and established craftspeople separately.


The top prize winners in each strand will receive the RDS Awards of Excellence which come with a cash prize of €5,000. Ten category prize winners in both emerging and established maker strands will receive €500 sponsored by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. There are also many other prizes on offer including a €2,000 award specifically for graduates and a free stand for an emerging maker at the 2017 National Crafts & Design Fair worth €2,500.


With categories ranging from woodturning and jewellery, to furniture, ceramics and textiles, the Awards are an important celebration of indigenous design and endeavour, and follow an RDS tradition of promoting and supporting the development of Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.


Winning and selected entries will be shown at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition which will be exhibited prior to and during the 2017 Dublin Horse Show August 9-13. Award winners will be exhibited at the National Crafts & Design Fair, RDS, in December, 2017.


For more information and details on prizes and how to enter please visit www.rds.ie/craft


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Scoil Samhraidh WIllie Clancy 2017: Pre-Registration for Uilleann Piping Classes now OPEN


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The 45th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 1st July to Sunday 8th July, 2017.

Click on the link below to pre-register for uilleann piping classes.

Pre-Register for uilleann pipe classes here

Information for 2017 is now available at: http://www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com/information.html

Note: Registration for all other instruments takes place in the Community Hall Miltown Malbay from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 1st July 2017.

Emmett Gill

Scholarships 2017



Na Píobairí Uilleann will award five piping scholarships for 2017.

Successful applicants can attend piping classes at any of the following :

  • Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy – Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
  • South Sligo Summer School – Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo,
  • Scoil Acla – Cashel, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
  • Joe Mooney Summer School – Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim.
  • Catskills Irish Arts Week – East Durham , N.Y.
  • Ceol na Coille – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Application must by supported by recordings of solo piping by the applicant.

See application form for terms and conditions.

Closing date for NPU Summer School Scholarships is Friday 28th April 2017

To download the NPU Scholarship Application form - Scholarship Application Form 2017

Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy will again award Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin, a Family Scholarship in honour of Muiris Ó Rócháín.


Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin is open to any family with two or more family members wishing to attend classes at the Summer School. Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin will entitle the family to use of a three bedroom house during Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and free access to classes for up to four family members either adults or children.

The committee of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have again asked Na Píobairí Uilleann to review the applications and award the scholarship.

To download the application form Click Here and email to emmett@pipers.ie or post to

Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin
Na Píobairí Uilleann
15 Henrietta St.
Dublin 1

Closing date for applications is 28th April 2017 and the Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin scholarship will be awarded in May 2017.

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PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders


PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme seeks proposals from organisations and groups based in the UK and Republic of Ireland


PRS for Music Foundation is receiving proposals from UK and Ireland based organisations wanting to co-commission or tour new music from all genres for the Beyond Borders programme.


Beyond Borders was established in 2010 to support high quality co-commissions and tours, stimulating collaboration between composers, performance groups and music organisations. The programme awards up to £15,000 to co-commissioning and touring projects including any associated recording costs.


This will be the third year that the Arts Council of Ireland joins PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales and Arts Council of Northern Ireland as one of the programme partners.


To apply and for more information please Visit: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Partnerships/Flagship-Programmes/Beyond-Borders .

Applications must be made by organisations which are commissioning or promoting new music (e.g. classical, traditional, jazz, contemporary) with at least one other partner based in the UK or Ireland. The deadline for applications is 23 February 2017.