Teens sought for music awards heats

Teens sought for music awards heats

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The Clare Youth Service Team at the Irish Youth Music Awards, 2015.

The Clare Youth Service are inviting teenagers across Co. Clare to get involved in this year’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs).

The local heat of the IYMAs will take place at the Clare Youth Service building, Carmody Street, Ennis on Saturday March 18th from 3-6pm.

The IYMAs is a national youth music education programme open to young people aged 13-19. Now entering its tenth year supporting the creativity of young people across Ireland, the project acts as a stepping stone in their journey as they progress to further education and employment opportunities.

Clare Youth Service have been regular participants in the programme over the last ten years. James Gormley from Inagh, was the representing act for Clare in 2015 and has now gone on to study at Cork School of Music. James also recently played with Mick Flannery at a sold out Switch event in Ennis.

Mike Gavin of Clare Youth Service said: “The IYMAs is a great opportunity for young people meet new friends, and to learn how to express themselves creatively. ‘The programme has been getting increasingly popular over the last number of years. Hundreds of young people attend the event, and the quality of acts on display is astounding. We really want to give young people the chance to get involved in events like this.”

The IYMAs programme will culminate with a youth music festival in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 22nd April 2017, but in preparation for the national event, the Ennis Music Project will be running a wide variety of music & digital media skills workshops, tutorials and events.

Interested parties are asked to contact Mike at ennismusicproject@clareyouthservice.org or call 065-6845350 in advance of March 6th.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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