No lessons during midterm break

Please note that St Angela’s Academy closes tomorrow, Friday 9th February, for the spring midterm break. While some primary schools may be open for part of next week, all secondary schools will be closed and the music school aligns with the secondary school calendar. We will reopen on Monday 19th February. The pre-Easter examination session will commence shortly after that, so students should make the most of their week off to get themselves prepared! We hope all students, parents and staff enjoy the break.


Christmas holidays and dates to note in January

As we wind down the term for the Christmas break, we are already thinking ahead to 2018! Please note that, due to scheduled in-service days, the Ursuline Secondary School will be closed on the first two Mondays back in January, Monday 8th January and Monday 15th January. However, St Angela’s Academy of Music will be open on both days for music lessons. So every student must confirm with their teacher that they will be in attendance or else make suitable alternative arrangements.

We wish all students, parents and staff a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

Free Concert in the Franciscan Friary, Clonmel

We would like to draw your attention to a concert taking place at 7pm this Thursday 14th December in the Franciscan Friary in Clonmel. One of our own music teachers, Marina Buckley, will be participating in the concert. Below is a message from the Franciscan Province of Ireland regarding the event. We encourage you to attend if you can – it guarantees to be a memorable night of music!


From September to December the Franciscan Province of Ireland will run a series of free concerts at our Friaries around the country as a thank you to all the people who have supported the work and ministry of the Franciscans both locally and at national level.  We are inviting Franciscan-hearted people to join us in creating a hope-filled world where “we bring joy where there is sadness, hope where there is despair, faith where there is doubt”.

The concerts will highlight the need to care and nurture all of creation.

We have commissioned a new composition of the Canticle of Creation written by St. Francis of Assisi.  The Canticle is a hymn of praise that inspired Pope Francis in his second encyclical ‘Laudato si’ which he wrote on June 18, 2015.

The composer is Vincent Kennedy from Dublin and the work will be performed by  Marina Cassidy ( Soprano and Harpist)  from Killarney and by Vincent Kennedy playing Trumpet.


Canticle of Creation Concert in Clonmel

Pre-Christmas examination session

It’s hard to believe that the pre-Christmas examination session is already upon us. The first term of the year has been flying by and students have been using that time to prepare for exams with both the RIAM and the LSMD. These will run next week from Monday 27th November and we wish all candidates the very best of luck!

School closed during midterm break

Just a quick note to say that St Angela’s Academy will close tomorrow, Friday 27th October, for midterm and will reopen on Monday 6th November. We hope all our students have an enjoyable – and productive! – midterm break.

Cecilian Choir to perform at National Famine Commemoration

This Saturday, 30th September, the 2017 National Famine Commemoration will be taking place at the Famine Warhouse 1848 in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary. The event will include a wreath-laying ceremony, an address by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and a variety of musical performances. The Ursuline Secondary School’s Cecilian Choir will be participating on the day and we congratulate them on this great honour.

More information about the event can be found in this article on the Tipperary Star website.

Achievements in 2016-2017

St Angela’s Academy of Music reopens tomorrow, Monday 4th September, for the new academic year 2017-2018. As we look forward to another busy year, it is fitting to look back over the past year and acknowledge the admirable achievements of our music students.

Two trophies were awarded in May 2017. Every year, the Hyland Perpetual Cup is given to the 6th Year Ursuline student who has achieved most musically during her time in secondary school. Cliodhna Heenan was the recipient this year, with Eva Buckley highly recommended. The Dwan Silver Salver is given to the student who achieves the highest mark in any instrument at Grade 8, Senior Cert or Gold Medal level. This honour went to the well-deserving Caitriona Timmins.

In addition to these trophies, many of our students were recognised externally in the RIAM High Achievers Awards and the LSMD Excellence Awards. These were:

RIAM High Achievers Awards 2016-2017
Constance Quinlan
Ruth Everard
Katie Taylor (twice)
Esha Hourigan Clancy
Megan Long
Nicola Scott
Vivienne O’Keeffe
Louise Broe

LSMD Excellence Awards 2016-2017
Aoife Kavanagh
Laura Jane Hickey

We congratulate all of these students on their fantastic achievements over the past year. And now, on to 2017-2018!

Violin Workshop with past pupil Máiréad Nesbitt

We would just like to draw your attention to an exciting event happening on Saturday 9th September at Bookworm Bookshop on Parnell Street, just off the top of Liberty Square in Thurles. Máiréad Nesbitt, fiddler with the group Celtic Woman, will be there from 3pm to 5pm that day, hosting a violin workshop in which she will launch and demonstrate her new range of violins. Máiréad is a past pupil of St Angela’s Academy and her ties to our school are still strong with her mother, Kathleen Nesbitt, running our traditional music department.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from a world-renowned musician and should not be missed! All violinists from beginners to advanced players are very welcome.

Be sure to check Bookworm’s Facebook page for any further updates!

Máiréad Nesbitt's Violin Workshop

New Junior Choir at St Angela’s Academy

Arising from an interest in voice training from primary school parents, we are thrilled to announce that we are forming a Junior Choir at St Angela’s Academy of Music.  It is designed for young students (boys and girls) who are interested in singing and will be open to students from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class.

  • The Junior Choir will aim to encourage and develop young voices in a fun and enjoyable environment and will be a good preparation for individual voice training at secondary school level.
  • It will provide young singers with an opportunity to learn vocal technique, develop their ear and cultivate their sight-reading skills.
  • It will cover a wide variety of songs that are within a range suitable for young voices.
  • Students will do songs in unison and harmony.

Ms Marina Buckley, a teacher of voice and harp here at the Academy, will be responsible for this class. She has vast experience in vocal training and brings great enthusiasm to her classes.

For this venture to be viable a minimum of 20 students is required. The class will take place on a Monday evening from 3:30pm to 4:15pm and the fee for this class is €90 per annum. If you wish your child to take part, please complete the application form in the Enrolment section under the Tuition menu on this website. Forms should be handed into the music school office by September 1st in order to secure a place.

We are delighted to be able to offer this new class and expect it to be a popular choice for the coming 2017/2018 school year!

New percussion teacher at St Angela’s

St Angela’s Academy of Music would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest addition to our teaching staff. Mr Owen Sutton will be joining the music department this September 2017 to teach percussion.

Mr Sutton studied percussion at the Newpark School of Jazz, Dublin, and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at University College Cork. He has taught percussion for many years and also performs frequently around the country as a member of a 10-piece outfit, playing at weddings, corporate events and other functions.

Students who are interested in taking percussion lessons with Mr Sutton this coming academic year should contact the music school office before August 1st by phone (0504 20654) or via email (

We are delighted to be able to offer tuition in this vibrant area of musical education and look forward to a highly rhythmic 2017/2018!