UL musicians scoop ‘Oscars of Irish trad’

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

PROFESSOR Míchéal Ó Suilleabháin, director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, has won the ‘Musicians Award’ at the recent Gradam Ceoil TG4 2011 awards ceremony held in Wexford Opera House.

PROFESSOR Míchéal Ó Suilleabháin, director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, has won the ‘Musicians Award’ at the recent Gradam Ceoil TG4 2011 awards ceremony held in Wexford Opera House.

The awards, dubbed the “Oscars of traditional Irish music and song”, will be broadcast on TG4 this coming Easter Sunday, featuring the top names in trad music.

Also honoured at the recent awards ceremony was Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, who currently tutors both flute and singing in UL, winning the award for ‘Singer of the Year’.

Ó Suilleabháin was presented his award by composer Peadar Ó Riada with his award and also performed on the night, being joined on stage by a group of musicians and dancers including some from UL and Pádraic Keane, Ben Lennon and Séamus Quinn.

A renowned composer and pianist, Ó Suilleabháin founded the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 1994 upon his appointment as the first Chair of Music in UL and has helped grow the academy to the point where it has seen over 2000 students from over 40 countries graduate from 13 degree programmes.

The Gradam Ceoil TG4 2011 will be broadcast this Sunday at 9.30pm.