U2 fund gives €1m boost to Limerick schools

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK schools have received a boost, with news that they will share €1m to help develop their music offerings.

LIMERICK schools have received a boost, with news that they will share €1m to help develop their music offerings.

The City VEC has been granted the money under a major scheme to develop and co-ordinate a range of affordable and accessible programmes.

Named the Limerick City Music Education Partnership (LCMEP), the scheme is targeted at tackling disadvantage and ensuring there is more easy access to musical education for more than 10,000 children and youngsters.

The fund, backed by U2, will see the initiation of new choirs and ensembles, preschool programmes for children and adults, access programmes as well as community youth band initiatives.

Chairman of the City VEC, Cllr Denis McCarthy said: “This is very welcome news. It will be used to help people who would not be able to avail of education otherwise.”

Music Generation Limerick City will administer the fund. This is Ireland’s national education programme, and has been funded by U2

City VEC chief executive Paul Patton said: “This initiative will enrich and regenerate the lives of children and their communities across the city”.

Rosaleen Molloy, national Director, Music Generation, congratulated the steering committee on its successful application and said that “she looked forward to working in partnership with Music Generation Limerick City”.