Dundalk School of Music (DSM) is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship to support upcoming musicians and vocalists, in honour of the late Liam Reilly-singer/songwriter, renowned frontman of Bagatelle, and proud Dundalk man.
The annual scholarship, kindly donated by Liam’s family, will cover a full year’s tuition for one aspiring musician chosen from students applying to or returning to DSM.
“Liam was a good friend of DSM and very much admired their work. He visited the School frequently and was generous in sharing his experience and expertise,” said Liam’s sister Evelyn. “He was grateful for the encouragement he received from his earliest music teachers when he was just starting out.
In recognition of Liam’s great interest in the School, and in the spirit of supporting the next generation of musicians, we are delighted to make this small gesture in his name.”
“It’s a huge honour for us to be associated with Liam Reilly, who was such a big name in the music business for so many years. With a long list of hit songs, he is an artist who really put Dundalk on the map internationally,” said Patricia Duffy, founder and director of DSM.
“He took a keen interest in our students here and would remark when he noticed someone with a spark of very special potential. We don’t know where the next great musician will come from, and this scholarship will help to encourage and inspire our students as they develop their talent.
”Now in its 14th year, Dundalk School of Music has been serving the people of Co. Louth as a vibrant, welcoming place for budding musicians of all ages, offering professional one-to-one tuition in a wide range of instruments across many genres.