Music Generation to open hubs in Clare

Music Generation to open hubs in Clare


From September, children and young people throughout the county will have opportunities to access music tuition in three new ‘instrument hubs’, thanks to Music Generation Clare.

The ‘hubs’ – which will be based in Kilkee, Killaloe and Ennistymon – will open weekly, offering group lessons with skilled professionals for national and secondary school children in guitar, percussion, violin, keys, and more.

The launch of the three new centres follows the success of Music Generation Clare’s Ennis Instrumental Hub. The locations of the three new hubs have been strategically selected to ensure close geographic access to affordable tuition for as many more children in the county as possible.

The tutors working at each of the Music Generation hubs – all highly experienced practitioners and performers – will share their skills with the young participants, develop creativity, and build towards end-of-term performances and recording opportunities. Music Generation Clare will also make a range of musical instruments available for hire at very reasonable rates.

  • Group classes will be available for children and young people from second class to sixth year
  • Sessions are priced at €6 per week payable in instalments throughout the year
  • Tuition will be offered in Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keys, Percussion, Concertina, Violin and Banjo

Tuition dates:

Ennistymon: Mondays, commencing in September 2018, after school, Ennistymon Vocation School

Kilkee: Mondays, after school, St Joseph’s Community College, Kilkee

Killaloe: Wednesdays, after school, St Anne’s Community College, Killaloe

How to register:

Music Generation Clare’s goal is to develop performance music provision county-wide and to maximise local and community involvement in its programmes. The organisation works in close partnership with many local ensembles and providers to create new opportunities for children and young people to engage in music in inspiring ways.

Music Generation Clare is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. Locally, Music Generation Clare is supported by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Clare County Council and Leader.


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.