Mairéad Duffy: New Music Generation Development Officer for Cavan and Monaghan

February 4, 2019

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019, – Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB), with Music Generation, is delighted to announce the appointment of experienced musician, composer and music educator Mairéad Duffy to the role of Music Generation Development Officer for Cavan and Monaghan. As part of the Music Generation programme, some €300,000 funding per annum will be allocated to the provision of performance music education for children and young people across both counties.

Mairéad’s appointment is a significant milestone in the development of Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan. It marks the beginning of a focused planning phase, which will build towards the roll-out of a full and comprehensive programme of vocal and instrumental tuition in the months to come. Despite being predominantly rural, the Cavan/Monaghan region has in recent years witnessed a significant increase in its population, with those between 0 and 18 years of age now accounting for some 30% of the overall population. In its planning, Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan will be proactive and ambitious in responding to the growing needs of young people across both counties, creating a diverse range of opportunities for them to access progressive, high-quality, subsidised tuition within their local areas.

Describing her vision for the programme, Mairéad said: ‘Becoming the Music Generation Development Officer in Cavan and Monaghan excites and challenges me. Having spent the past twenty-three years as Head of Music in St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, I look forward to bringing this experience to a wider range of children and young people, particularly in an area that already has a rich, unique and dynamic musical identity. I look forward to getting to know the current music-makers and educators of Cavan and Monaghan so that, working collaboratively, we will inspire and nurture the future generations of musicians, music educators, songwriters and composers in the region.’

An Honours Graduate of the University of Ulster, Mairéad is a sought-after vocal coach, leader and musical director. She has previously performed in prestigious venues including at Carnegie Hall and is a past chair of TOSINI – Teachers of Singing in Ireland. She is also a successful recording artist and released her debut album as a singer songwriter in 2016 with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Commenting on Mairéad’s appointment, Chief Executive of CMETB, John Kearney stated: In wishing Mairéad every success in her new position, CMETB and both Councils are thrilled that the reality of a professionally designed and delivered music education experience will be available to young people in both Cavan and Monaghan. Both counties already enjoy a rich heritage in terms of music and music education and we look forward to engaging with all those who have nurtured music in our counties to build a strong and vibrant music education programme.’

Cavan/Monaghan was among nine new areas of Ireland selected for participation in Music Generation’s second phase in September 2017, following an open national call for applications from new Music Education Partnerships (MEPs). The application for Cavan/Monaghan was led by CMETB, with funding and management support also committed by both Cavan and Monaghan County Councils. Operating on a 50/50 matched funding basis, Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan will receive €150,000 in philanthropic funding from U2 and The Ireland Funds each year for the next three years as part of its set-up phase. Cavan/Monaghan MEP will also generate a further €150,000 locally each year and into the future. Following the set-up phase, the Department of Education and Skills will sustainably co-fund the programme on a long-term, lasting basis.

Further information about Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan is expected to be announced over the coming months. For details about the programme visit


Media Contact

Mairéad Duffy, Music Generation Development Officer (Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan)

T: 047 30888 ext 227


Notes to Editors

Mairéad Duffy graduated from the University of Ulster with a B. Mus Hons and a PGCE in Music Education. During her university years in Belfast she was a member of the Belfast Harp Orchestra, who recorded and toured with The Chieftains. She was the featured vocalist in many of these performances, performing at Milwaukee Irish Fest and Carnegie Hall. She won the Nancy Calthorpe Memorial Prize for Irish Harp and Voice at Dublin Feis Ceoil. She has studied choral conducting with Dr Doreen Rao, and returned to Carnegie Hall in January 2016 with members of the Senior Choir of St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, to perform in Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers. Mairéad is a past chair of TOSINI- Teachers of Singing in Ireland, and is in great demand as a vocal coach/leader and musical director. Following a successful fundit campaign and support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland she released her debut album ‘Silver Tin House’ as a singer songwriter in 2016.

 About Music Generation

Music Generation is 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. ‘Phase 1’ of Music Generation established the programme in 11 areas of Ireland (Louth, Mayo, Sligo, Cork City, Laois, Wicklow, Carlow, Limerick City, Offaly/Westmeath, Clare and South Dublin) and in September 2017 a further nine areas were selected for participation as part of ‘Phase 2’ (Galway County, Waterford, Wexford, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Leitrim, Kilkenny, Cavan/Monaghan, Galway City and Roscommon). In addition, in December 2017 Government announced its commitment to support expansion of the programme nationwide by 2022. Currently the programme creates more than 48,500 opportunities each year for children and young people to engage in high-quality, subsidised performance music education across more than 150 different programmes in all musical genres and styles – from trad to jazz, rock, pop and hip-hop, samba drumming, brass band, choral and orchestral initiatives, composers clubs and much more. For more information visit


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