South Dublin Teens shine at Frank Maher Classical Music Awards

by Rachel Darcy

Sixth year students Iedida Condria (17) and Kevin O’Loughlin (17) from Sandford Park School and David Blake (17) from Gonzaga College in Ranelagh were among the six finalists at the 2020 Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards.

With a €5,000 top prize up for grabs, it is Ireland’s largest competition of its kind for secondary schools. The Award was won by violinist Julieanne Forrest from St. Peter’s College in Dunboyne. However Iedida, Kevin and David were each presented with a €300 bursary as finalists.

Due to Covid-19, there was no audience, and instead the young musicians performed individually and socially distanced in front of the judges. The performances were filmed and will be available post-event for family and friends to view.

The Awards were created in 2001 by Top Security chairman Emmet O’Rafferty to honour the memory of his late teacher, Fr Frank Maher, who taught music at Castleknock College in Dublin.

Emmet said “Congratulations to Iedida, Kevin and David on their achievement in making the finals of this very prestigious competition. It’s a privilege to have been able to give these young musicians the support and recognition they deserve, which has never been more needed than now.

“They now join the ranks of extremely talented young musicians who have taken part in this competition and we wish them all the very best for the future”.

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