Wex­ford first as Ciara lands

Wexford People - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

A TAL­ENTED stu­dent from County Wex­ford School of Mu­sic has be­come the first per­son from Wex­ford to re­ceive a pres­ti­gious Quer­cus Cre­ative and Per­form­ing Arts Schol­ar­ship to Univer­sity Col­lege Cork.

Ciara Cul­li­nane, who lives in Slaney Woods, Park, re­cently com­pleted her Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate in Loreto Sec­ondary School and is look­ing for­ward to study­ing Medicine in UCC.

Quer­cus Cre­ative and Per­form­ing Arts Schol­ar­ships are de­signed to allow stu­dents pur­sue an aca­demic course while also de­vel­op­ing their cre­ative in­ter­est and artis­tic tal­ents – they only take on three or four each year, so it is very com­pet­i­tive.

Stu­dents have to demon­strate an ex­cep­tional level of ex­cel­lence in their cho­sen art form – in Ciara’s case singing.

Her mu­sic teacher Aileen Dono­hoe said that dur­ing her time at County Wex­ford School of Mu­sic, Ciara has been an ex­cep­tional stu­dent, ex­celling in all her singing ex­ams to Grade 8 and win­ning many solo singing com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing Ark­low and Kil­coole Mu­sic Fes­ti­vals and The Aims Choral Fes­ti­val.

She is also a mem­ber of the highly-suc­cess­ful group 7th Fret who were champions of this year’s Wex­ford Has Tal­ent and a per­forms with Wex­ford Light Opera So­ci­ety.

Staff and stu­dents of County Wex­ford School of Mu­sic and in par­tic­u­lar her teacher, Aileen, said they wanted to ex­tend their warm­est con­grat­u­la­tions to Ciara and her fam­ily.

Ciara, the daugh­ter of Ray and Mary Cul­li­nane, went to the Mercy School in John’s Road where she made her first singing de­but with Mrs Dun­phy in Ju­nior In­fants.

She then went on to the Loreto where she won the Sis­ter Mary Wal­she Memo­rial Cup for mu­sic ear­lier this year. Ciara has been ac­tively in­volved in many mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions since pri­mary school.

Her first love of the­atre came when she be­gan with Carmel Corish Wal­lace School of Per­form­ing Arts at seven years old achiev­ing var­i­ous LAMDA ex­am­i­na­tions.

Ciara was also a mem­ber of the Wex­ford School of Bal­let and Per­form­ing Arts for eight years, un­der­tak­ing both bal­let and mod­ern dance ex­am­i­na­tions.

She is clas­si­cally- and mu­si­cal the­atre-trained and has spent the last seven years vo­cal train­ing un­der Aileen at the County Wex­ford School of Mu­sic achiev­ing seven dis­tinc­tions and Grade 8 in clas­si­cal singing with the As­so­ci­ated

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