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MusiC Generation Ireland


Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education in their locality. That is, vocal and instrumental tuition, encompassing all musical genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles, delivered by skilled professional musicians.

Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.


Read more about how the Music Generation journey began, or watch a video about their story so far.

Music Generation believes in the musical potential and innate artistry of every child and young person – that it is every child and young person’s right to have the choice of access and the chance to participate as a musical citizen, and that music doesn’t just change lives, it transforms lives.

Music Generation currently offers programmes in 13 areas of the country: Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Donegal, Laois, Limerick City, Louth, Mayo, Offaly / Westmeath, Sligo, South Dublin and Wicklow. Locally, the programmes are managed by Music Education Partnerships, under the leadership of Coordinators.

Find out more about Music Generation’s local Music Education Partnerships.

Young traditional Irish musicians jet off to perform in Sitges, Barcelona this October!

20 young musicians from Music Generation Carlow and Laois will travel to Sitges, Barcelona this October bank holiday weekend to perform at the Creative Connexions Festival 2016.

Ten traditional Irish musicians from each region will take part in this exciting international performance opportunity, including members of Reelig from Music Generation Carlow and the Music Generation Laois Trad Group. Together they will treat Irish and international audiences to a series of vibrant sets and tunes, as well as taking part in workshops and attending performances where they’ll have an opportunity to make valuable cross-cultural connections.

The traditional groups from Laois and Carlow have previously performed at local and national events including Electric Picnic, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and Music @ Mount Leinster. They will showcase their skills playing instruments including harp, flute, pipes, bodhrán, fiddle and more at the Creative Connexions gig rig, the Youth Kaleidescope Stage and other venues.

From Carlow the performers are Katie Brennan, Colm Broderick, Meadbh Broderick, Jack Gladney, Oisín Byrne, Conor McDermott, Shane Nolan, Thomas O’Donoghue, Eoin Quirke and Senan Shorthall.

The Music Generation Laois Trad Group will feature Sarah Bennett, Jessica Bennett, Róisín Cunningham, Isobel Donnery, Molly Donnery, Tara Fahey, Caoimhe Fitzpatrick, Fiadh Fitzpatrick, Caragh La Cumber and Kate McDonald.

Taking place over four days, from 27 – 30 October 2016, the Creative Connexions Festival is a celebration of Irish and Catalan traditional music, literature, poetry and art. Now in its fourth year, the festival will bring together 300+ world-class performers, artists and musicians from Ireland and Catalonia for a dynamic programme of concerts, workshops, exhibitions, outdoor spectacles and many free events.

The young musicians from Carlow and Laois will be programmed alongside renowned professionals including dancer Colin Dunne and musicians Daire Bracken, Ellen Cranitch, Desi Wilkinson and Brian Fleming.

To read more about the Creative Connexions Festival, Sitges, and to view the full 2016 programme visit  and

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For further information about this and other Music Generation programmes and projects in Carlow and Laois contact –

Music Generation Laois
t: +353 57 8664176