“Scoláireacht Éamoinn Ghráinne” or The Éamonn Ghráinne Scholarship was presented to Conor Ó Gallchóir from An Bhealtaine, Gort a’ Choirce at a special award ceremony in An tSean Bheairic, a cultural community and language center in Falcarragh.
This award is presented every year, for the past seven years, to an outstanding singer from the community who then uses the funds awarded to organise classes and events to help give the gift of sean-nós singing to the next generation.
At a special ceremony during the week in An tSeanBheairic in Falcarragh, Bell Mac Ruairí, the manager of Sean Bheairice, Seanán Mac Aoidh, and the Language Planning Officer of Clogheen Head, Mícheál McAoidh, presented Conor Ó Ghráinne with the Éamoinn Ghráinne Scholarship.
As part of the scholarship, Conor Ó Gallchóir will be responsible for helping to promote sean-nós singing in the area.
Conor will help to provide a program of workshops and support classes for young people in the area who are coming up as young singers themselves.
This award was made in memory of the late Eamonn Ghráinne Mac Ruairí from Tory, who spent much of his life living in Falcarragh.
Conor Ó Gallchóir was delighted when he received the news that he would be awarded the scholarship.
“Éamonn Ghráinne Mac Ruairí left behind a rich heritage of singing, storytelling and music and it was a great honor for me to help preserve and strengthen that heritage in this area,” he said.