About the Bursary

The Eimear Noonan Music Bursary Award was established by the Noonan family of Caher, Co. Clare in memory of their daughter and sister Eimear, an avid and inspirational young musician, who died in France in November 2017.


To date the Bursary Award has been funded from the proceeds of two magical concerts, entitled Carpe Diem, held annually in the month of November, close to Eimear's anniversary. The Carpe Diem event was originally conceived by Katharina Baker and Fiona Buckley of Coole Music to honour Eimear's memory and celebrate her participation in the School of Music, particularly in her role as leader of the Youth Orchestra.

The Carpe Diem concerts in 2018 and 2019 celebrated music in all its colours, spanning the classical, orchestral, trad, folk and rock genres. Performing on the nights were Coole Music Youth Orchestras, UCC Orchestra, Gort Community School Choirs and ensembles, along with a number of Eimear's close friends in music. The concerts were a wonderful collaboration between many talented performers, with all proceeds going to supporting music education for young people in Counties Galway and Clare.

The 2019 winners of the Bursary were Grace Campbell from Co. Galway and Crea O'Sullivan from Co. Clare. Two additional bursaries for Excellence in Music were awarded to Eoghan Power and Shonagh Farrell. The 2020 bursary award winners will be announced in November 2020.

The Noonan family reserves the right to bestow other deserving bursaries, as they arise.


Eimear Noonan 1996-2017

Eimear was born in County Clare in 1996, an only daughter to Mary and Flan and sister to her three brothers, Michael, Declan and Cathal. From a very young age Eimear showed immense musical promise and always thoroughly enjoyed singing, playing piano and violin.


Under the tutelage of Sr Mary Brosnan in Gort, Eimear received two national High Achiever awards from The Royal Irish Academy of Music.  She also joined the Coole Music Youth Orchestra and had the honour of leading the Orchestra under the baton of Katharina Baker at The IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall in 2012.


Eimear began her language studies in UCC in 2014 and fell in love with Cork. She joined numerous sessions while there.  Together with James Mc Glynn, Eimear was also instrumental in reviving UCC Orchestra and had the distinction to chair the Orchestra in her final year of studies. It was her intention to pursue a Masters in Music Performance on her return from France.


Tragically, Eimear died accidentally from a fall, in Annonay, France in November 2017. 


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dhílis. 


  • To support Third Level students in their first year of studies in Music;

  • To enhance the prospects of music students from County Clare and County Galway in 2019 and 2020;

  • From 2020, to consider broadening the scope of music studies support across the West of Ireland;

  • To provide bursaries for music students showing exceptional talent, nominated and supported by Tutors, Music Teachers, Schools and Colleges of Music;

  • To support musical performances by young people in their community;

  • To support UCC Orchestral Society.

On ne voit bien que avec le coeur, l'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. 

Questions?  Contact us at: eimearnoonanmusicbursaryaward@gmail.com

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Carpe Diem 2020



Carpe Diem 2020 will take the form of an online challenge called:



The Challenge will run for two weeks from November 1st-15th.

The Challenge is open to all performers. Simply record and upload a short performance on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. The performer then nominates a number of others to take up the challenge.  Please visit our Idonate for donations. 


Keep an eye out on social media for the launch of this very exciting event. The proceeds of Carpe Diem 2020 will go to the Eimear Noonan Music Bursary and to Coole Music and Arts to support music education and performance opportunities for young people in the community.


We, Eimear's family, are hugely indebted to you all for your continuing support. 

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