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  • Suspension of Events until 31st May
  • Irish Heritage and Royal Dublin Society celebrate
  • Fundraising Golf Day on 12th June
  • 2020 Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Cancelled


Suspension of Events for April and May

The Board of Irish Heritage decided on 19th March to suspend its current calendar of events until the 31st May in line with advice and guidance from HM Government and its scientific and medical advisers.

The events affected include the “Showcase Ireland 2” concert on the 22nd April and the Outreach and Community programme recitals scheduled for the Irish Cultural Centre on 21st April and 5th May.

The status of the two events scheduled for June, the Bursary recipients’ recital on 10th June and the Charity Fundraising Golf Day on the 12th June, will be kept under review over coming weeks.  An announcement will be made about them in due course.

Commenting on the suspension of events Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, ““We are in unprecedented times and facing uncertainty as the Coronavirus pandemic evolves. Irish Heritage has to act in the best interests of our performers and our audiences in line with guidance from the Government and its advisers which is why we’re suspending events until 31st May.

“We are aware of the role our events play in the social lives of the community in general and our ‘Friends’ programme members in particular.  We are concerned that people, both young and old, do not feel isolated or lonely during these unusual times.  If there is anything we can do to help people, we ask that they contact us in the first instance at We will respond as quickly as possible.

“To quote An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, in his excellent St Patrick’s Day speech on Tuesday evening, “In years to come… let them say of us… when things were at their worst… we were at our best.”

Irish Heritage and Royal Dublin Society celebrate five years of collaboration

Irish Heritage and the Royal Dublin Society celebrated five years of successful collaboration with a concert in the Princess Alexandra Hall in St James’s, London on Wednesday 4th March.

Since 2015 the two organisations have worked together to nurture and support young Irish musicians and singers by giving them performance opportunities in London.

Wednesday evening’s audience were entertained by three RDS bursary recipients, Máire Carroll, Amy Gillen and Kevin Jansson; Máire and Amy are also Irish Heritage bursary recipients.

Máire, who was the first recipient of the Irish Heritage music bursary for performance, was the recipient of the RDS Collins Memorial Prize in 2018 and the 2012 RDS Music Bursary.

Amy has won numerous prizes including the Sir James Galway Rising Star award at the 2017 Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland and the 2019 RDS Jago Award at the Feis Ceoil in Dublin. She received the Irish Heritage music bursary for performance in 2018.

Kevin who is another multi-prize winner for both piano and violin, returned to London this time as the recipient of the 2019 RDS Music Bursary. The nineteen-year-old Cork man is currently studying piano at the prestigious Juilliard Conservatoire in New York.

The audience enjoyed superb performances of music by composers including Chopin, Debussy, Doppler, Gershwin, Glass, Mouquet, Ó’Riada and an original composition by Máire Carroll.

Among the guests at the concert was the new President of the RDS, Professor Owen Lewis who described the evening as “a truly memorable occasion”.

Pictured (left to right) are: Professor Owen Lewis, President RDS; Kevin Jansson, 2019 RDS Music Bursary recipient, and Patrick Lennon, Chairman, Irish Heritage.
Pictured (left to right): Dara O ‘Leary, RDS; Máire Carroll; Kevin Jansson; Amy Gillen; Kumi Matsuo and Audrey McKenna, Irish Heritage.

Irish Heritage Fundraising Golf Day on 12th June

This year’s Irish Heritage fundraising Golf Day is scheduled to take place at Batchworth Park GC on Friday 12th June.

Situated just two miles from Junction 18 on the M25, the course is set within 210 acres of undulating parkland. From its elevated position there are fantastic views across the rolling Hertfordshire countryside.

The popular golf day generates essential funding for Irish Heritage’s education programmes including the music bursary for performance which has nurtured such talents as Carolyn Holt, Máire Carroll, Adam Heron and Amy Gillen.

The main sponsor of this year’s day is Falcon Green.  For further information about the event please contact Tom Scanlon at

2020 Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Cancelled
Irish Heritage received the following message from our friends in Lismore, County Waterford on 21st March.
“It is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival."

“As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, and restrictions on gatherings remain for the foreseeable future, our primary concern is to keep our community of visitors, supporters, artists, staff and volunteers safe. Not only are we disappointed not to be welcoming you to our beautiful Blackwater Valley, but we are enormously apprehensive for the future of our artists and the local community who have been preparing for this Festival over the last year and the resulting impact that this cancellation will have on their lives and businesses."
“BVOF is very much a community collaboration and the generous support to-date from our audience, Friends, sponsors and donors has enabled us not only to deliver much loved opera, recital and concert performances but also to work with thousands of young people through our education programme and initiatives with local schools."
“As we look to a brighter future, we are committed to making sure that the Festival will continue to thrive. If circumstances allow, we will hope to present a small programme of exciting recitals and concerts along the Blackwater Valley later in 2020.”
Irish Heritage will be collaborating with the Festival over coming months to contribute to the survival and success of future festivals.

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