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The Father Frank Maher Classical Music Awards were established in 2001 and are sponsored by the Top Security Group to honour the late teacher at Castleknock College from 1959-1998.

The Awards aim is to promote musical life, assist cultural exchange and promote young and talented musicians. The Winner's bursary is the largest classical music awards in ireland and has been a jewel in Ireland's classical cultural crown for over 15 years. From the outset, exceptional and highly talented young musicians have performed each year to invited audiences in a bid to win this award. Past winners have used their bursary to attend many of the world's most prominent music Achademies such as Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de Danse Paris, Kronberg Academy Germany, Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, Texas, RAM London to name but a few.     

The internationally renowned Galway-based RTÉ Contempo Quartet helped to ‘up the tempo’ at the launch of Top Security’s Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for 2016, at which it was announced that Top Security has increased the top prize from €3,000 to €5,000 this year. 

Quartet members Bogdan Sofei, Ingrid Nicola, Andreea Banciu and Adrian Mantu were accompanied by sixth year music students Aviva-Brianna Kearney (17) from Sutton Park School, Dublin and Cathal Killeen-Molloy (17) from Rockbrook Park School, Rathfarnham.

The Competition is open to sixth year students attending any Post Primary School nationwide. From the applications received an independent Board of Adjudicators will decide and select the Finalists to attend and perform in front of an invited audience. Closing date for applications is Thursday 13th October 2016.

Date and Venue
The Competition will be held at 7:45pm on Friday 11th November 2016, at The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No 6, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

A Bursary of €5,000 (Five Thousand Euro) will be awarded to the Winner.  A Bursary of €250 (Two Hundred and Fifty Euros) will be awarded to each of the other Finalists.  



Eoin Fleming, Winner 2015
Eoin Fleming winner 2015

Eoin Fleming from St MacDar's Community College, won the 2015 Father Frank Maher Classical Music Award of €3,000.  Eoin will use the bursary to study with John O'Conor at Shenandoah University, Virginia, U.S.A.  

Christopher Ellis, Winner 2014
Christopher Ellis winner 2015Christopher Ellis from Sutton Park College won the 2014, Father Frank Maher Classical Music Award of €3,000.  Christopher was successful in being accepted in to the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de Danse Paris and commenced his studies there with Prof Marc Coppey in early September 2015.

2013 Winner Mairead Hickey
Maraid Hickey 2013 WinnerViolinist Mairead Hickey (18) from Mount Mercy College, Cork won the 2013 Father Frank Maher Classical Music Award. Mairead used her €2,000 bursary to attend Kronberg Academy in Germany.



2012 Winner Sinead O'Halloran
Sinead O'Halloran
Cellist Sinead O'Halloran (18) from Cork a student at Regina Mundi College in Douglas, won the Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship 2012. The award went nationwide for the first time and seven young finalists, five from Dublin and two from Cork, competed to win the scholarship bursary of €2,000 to further their musical careers. Sinead will take up a place with Andres Diaz in the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas in 2013 and will use the Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Bursary for costs associated with travel there and her accommodation.

2009 Winner Marie Carroll

Marie Carroll Winner 2009Post Primary Student, Marie Carroll from Loreto College, St Stephen's Green, Dublin showcased her talent in one of Ireland's largest Clastical Music Scholarships and won the Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship 2009.  Now in its 9th year the scholarship's aim is to promote musical excellence within young and talented musicians. 

Maire is an up-and-coming pianist who began her piano studies, aged four, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  Top Security sponsor a bursary of €2,000 for the scholarship winner to use for  attendance at a recognised place of tuition, a course of study (in Ireland or abroad), or on a purchase deemed necessary to assist in the development of the student's talent. 

2008 Winner Kevin O’Hara
Kevin O'Hara, from St. Mac Dara's Community College in Templeogue won the award for his beautiful French Horn performance of Mozart's 'Horn Concerto No. 3' followed by Fossa's 'En Foret'. The prestigious judging panel included Gabrielle McCann, Head of Music, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin and Gerard Gillen, Professor Emeritus in Music at the National University of Ireland.


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