Tipperary Students Recognised at Leinster School of Music & Drama Excellence Awards

Niall Treacy Selected as Quarter Finalist from 15,000 Students


Niall Treacy from Cashel; Julie Holland from Clonmel; and sisters Ruth and Maeve Hassett from Nenagh Co. Tipperary have all been recognised for their outstanding performances at the 2012 Leinster School of Music and Drama (LSMD) Excellence Awards which were recently held at Griffith College Dublin.


Niall reached the quarter finals of the competition, beating off competition from 15,000 of his peers. He was selected for his outstanding results in his Grade Ten Speech and Drama exam and performed a piece from ‘The Merchant of Venice at the awards ceremony. Niall attends lessons with Eleanor O’Dwyer in Cashel.


Ruth was nominated for her results in her Grade Five Speech and Drama exam and performed the piece ‘Sapphire Battersea’ at the awards ceremony. Her sister Maeve performed a piece entitled ‘Blanche’ and was selected for her Grade Three Speech and Drama exam results. Both students attend lessons with Geraldine McNulty in Nenagh.


Julie was nominated for her outstanding performance in her Grade One Piano exam and played ‘Gavotte’ at the awards ceremony. She attends lessons with Geraldine Molumby in Clonmel.


Launched in 2004 to mark the school’s centenary year, the LSMD Excellence Awards is open to the 15,000 students throughout Ireland who took the school’s exams in 2012. The top 250 students who participated in the LSMD exams are chosen to compete in the Excellence Awards and finalists are chosen from this group to perform at the Excellence Awards Concert which takes place at Griffith College annually.


There is an Excellence Award for both ‘Music’ and ‘Speech & Drama’ with the winners in each category receiving a coveted trophy and cheque for €300.00.


Commenting on the awards, Karen Casey, manager of the Leinster School of Music and Drama at Griffith College, said; “This year’s Excellence Awards at Griffith College showcased the very best in talent across the areas of music and speech and drama.


“We are delighted to see these students and teachers recognised for their outstanding commitment to these disciplines and would like to wish them the very best of luck for the future in their chosen fields,” she concluded.


For more information on the Leinster School of Music and Drama at Griffith College, or to find out how to submit an entry for next year, please log on to www.gcd.ie/music-drama.

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