Shane Keating and Breffni Molloy have been awarded the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Scholarships 2012.
I have being playing Irish traditional music for 15 years. I started playing tin whistle at the age of 5 and later progressed to the uilleann pipes and flute. I attended lessons at the Cork VEC and numerous summer festivals and workshops around the country. I have competed often in the Fleadh Cheoil, winning 14 All- Ireland titles, 9 of them in the solo category. I have traveled abroad performing concerts with several groups. Currently, I am teaching music and playing with Ballincollig Comhaltas.
I am a first year Music and Arts student here in UCC and am also a member of the UCC Trad Society. I have been playing Irish traditional music since the age of 9, beginning with the fiddle, and since then I have been very passionate about it. I won my first all-Ireland medal on the fiddle at the age of 10 and have since taken up the harp and the piano. I perform on a regular basis in my locality and have also begun to teach Irish music to children in the area, in the hopes of passing on my love of the tradition to others.