– Scholarships for 2018 –

Scholarships worth €350 are offered this year to the following prizewinners at 2017 All-Ireland Fleadh in Ennis, Co.Clare:

  · 1st & 2nd in Harp 12-15 and 15-18

  · 1st & 2nd in Uilleann Pipes 15-18 only

  · 1st & 2nd in Flute 15-18 only

  · 1st & 2nd in Button accordeon 15-18 only

  · 1st only in Fiddle 15-18

  · 1st only in concertina 15-18

  · 1st only in banjo 15-18

Half-scholarship to the best young musician at Mullahoran Trad Fest (March 2nd to 4th).

– Composition Scholarships –

Full scholarship to Meitheal 2018 was awarded to Leah Murphy, composer of the best tune in the trad idiom last year.

Half-scholarships to Meitheal 2018 were awarded to the runners up in the composer section, Grace Minnock and Naoise Kettle.

The above were awarded to students at Meitheal 2017. See Composition page.

N.B. We will continue with the composition scholarships this year, so get working on your tunes and have them ready in July. Remember a full scholarship to Meitheal 2019 is worth €700!


In 2017, Limerick Arts Office also supported two applicants from that County who duly attended and enjoyed the experience. It is expected that the scheme will continue this year.

As in 2017, Cork ETB School of Music will support some of its own students to attend Meitheal by means of partial scholarships in 2018.

Bursaries to summer schools such as Meitheal is a progressive initiative which may well be adopted more frequently in time to come by other County Arts offices who wish to promote excellence in trad performance in their areas. Interested candidates should contact their local Co. Council Arts Office and make a pitch for a bursary.