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Mayo County Council Amateur Drama & Music Recording Assistance Awards Announced

Amateur Drama Award Recipients announced!

 Clann Machua Drama Group have been awarded the Mayo County Council Amateur Drama Award for 2014.  The award of € 1,000 was assessed by an external, independent panel on the following criteria: innovation; development of excellence; quality and creativity which improve the Amateur Drama sector in an area. All Amateur Drama groups based in the county are eligible to apply for the award.

Clann Machua Drama Group have had an active year in 2014 when they staged The Country Dressmaker by Geroge Fitzmaurice in February in the Town Hall Kiltimagh.  They toured with this play to the home of the Country Dressmaker to Duagh, near Listowel in Co. Kerry.  The Group also hosted a regional information seminar and workshop in Kiltimagh in September, which was supported by the Drama league of Ireland.  In November the group hosted a One Act Festival in Kiltimagh in November. 

Mayo Arts Office would like to take this opportunity to wish Clann Machua Drama Group the very best of luck in all future endeavours.

For more information please contact The Arts Office, Mayo County Council, Áras an Chontae, Castlebar (tel: 094 9024444, ext. 7558 or e-mail:


Recipients of Music Recording Assistance Award 2014 Announced


Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is delighted to announce the recipients of this year’ Music Recording Assistance Awards.  The response to the call for applications has shown once again the breadth and the quality of music making in the county. The field included a fantastic cross section of genres, and the high calibre of applicants made the selection difficult work for the assessment panel.


Mayo County Council Arts Office has awarded two Music Recording Assistance Awards, and this year’s recipients are Derek McLaughlin and The Murphy Sisters


Derek McLoughlin is a singer songwriter based in Westport Co. Mayo, who has been writing songs for the last 15 years. His music is strongly steeped in the folk and roots tradition, and a lot of his songs focus on events and stories of local significance. With a strong background in blues music, his latest selection of songs has tried to fuse blues, folk, and roots with a touch of Celtic soul. Derek is originally from Claremorris and along with playing music runs his own instrument making business called McLoughlin Instruments.


The Murphy Sisters hail from just outside Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Steeped in the heritage of Irish music, their style is a fusion of folk, country and traditional.  Songwriting plays an important role in the group's work and they have written and composed some fantastic songs which have been well received at various gigs countrywide. This award is a further endorsement of the group's progression and will be a assist in recording their first album.  The Murphy Sisters will kick off 2015 with a tour of France starting in January but will also be gigging in Ireland, see their Facebook page for dates and venues.


The Music Recording Assistance Award was established to support the recording of original music by musicians living in the county and recipients receive up to €800 towards the costs of an original music recording.  The award is open to all forms of Music and applications are assessed by an independent and impartial panel of music industry professionals. 


For more information, contact Mayo County Council Arts Office, tel: 094 9024444 exts. 7558 or e-mail:




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