Recipients of Mayo Arts Service Awards and Bursaries 2019 Announced

Posted in Connect on November 20, 2019.

Mayo County Council Arts Service is delighted to announce the recipients of Awards and Bursaries for 2019; Music Recording Assistance Award, Amateur Drama Award and Tyrone Guthrie Regional Bursaries.

Screenwriter Cian McGarrigle is the recipient of the Film Mayo Tyrone Guthrie bursary while, Visual Artist Úna Morris and writer Gemma Marren are the recipients of the Tyrone Guthrie regional bursaries. The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is a residential workplace for artists, dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity and is the largest residency of its type for artists in the country.

Cian McGarrigle is a screenwriter from Castlebar, Co. Mayo. He studied Film & Television in Cluain Mhuire, GMIT and also at the National Film School, Dublin. Cian’s recent credits include the award-winning short Rip to the Rescue and weekly sketches on the Radio 1 satire show Callan’s Kicks.

Dublin-born Úna Morris has lived with her family in Killala, north Mayo since 2000. In 2018, she completed a 4-year part-time BA programme in Contemporary Art Practices at GMIT Mayo Campus, where her degree show was Circa Art Magazine ‘Degree Show Writer’s Choice’ for the college.

Gemma Marren is an Irish writer, born and raised in England. She was one of 12 winners of the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair 2015, was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writers Showcase 2016, and has been long and shortlisted for the Over the Edge and Fish short story prizes

Eadain Ni Mhaicin is this year’s recipient of the Music Recording Assistance Award.  The Music Recording Assistance Award was established to support the recording of original music by musicians living in the county and the recipients receive up to €1000 towards the costs of an original music recording.

Hailing from Balla in County Mayo, Eadain Ni Mhaicin is a multi-instrumentalist with numerous All-Ireland titles to her credit on a range of instruments from fiddle to harp. She has just received First Class Honours in her Masters degree in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick.

Clann Machua, the amateur drama group from Kilitmagh has been awarded the Amateur Drama Award for 2019. Clann Machua was formed in 2010 and has become very active in the local community. The group has a Youth Theatre to ensure the tradition of drama is passed to the next generation.

Mayo Arts Service would like to wish the very best to all recipients. These awards and bursaries reflect some of the opportunities for professional artistic development that Mayo Arts Service provides to arts practitioners in Mayo. The Arts Service recognises the rich contribution which artist make to the cultural life of the county. The range of applications for this award highlights the wide range, quality and diversity of established and emerging arts practitioners and groups in Mayo.


 This support is strategically funded by Mayo County Council in partnership with the Arts Council

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