06 Oct 2022

High praise for Paula Phelan who leaves a 'huge legacy' in Carlow as she takes on new role

Paula Phelan, Programme Director of Carlow Music Generation, has been seconded to another job in Dublin

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Carlow Arts Office has paid tribute to Paula Phelan who has left a "huge legacy" in Carlow for her work as head of Carlow Music Generation. 

In a statement on Thursday on social media, Carlow Arts Office said: "Today is a sad day for Carlow as we see the departure of the phenomenal Paula Phelan Programme Director of Carlow Music Generation as she is seconded to another job in Dublin.

"Carlow Music Generation is now the largest and most successful music generation in the country with weekly participation in performance music education across county Carlow reaching 5500 children and young people regularly accessing music.

"The ethos is that every child regardless of ability or affordability is given access to performance music education.

"Five years ago Paula Phelan began in Carlow and it is fair to say has utterly transformed the landscape."

They added: "With a phenomenal working ethic, passion and commitment to music education and to the children and young people of Carlow Paula led a team of excellent musicians working across every corner of the county.

"In formal and non formal educational settings.

"With every instrument possible and an ethos and vision of every child not just a few but every child be given the same opportunity to engage learn have fun and grow through their own unique music journey. Paula is responsible for leaving a huge legacy for Carlow.

"The arts office of Carlow County Council along with Kilkenny Carlow ETB and local music providers worked hard 7 years ago to secure national and local funding for Carlow and set out and designed a framework and artistic vision for music education in Carlow...we were successful in securing that and Paula Phelan was then appointed by the lead partner Kilkenny Carlow ETB.

"From written on paper in that application the vision became a reality. Paula exceeded the original vision and went over and above and beyond.

"As an artistic work colleague, a friend and inspirer we will REALLY miss you Paula. Carlow will miss you but what you have established will continue to sustain and flourish we have no doubt at all as your vision was infectious and the whole team are super commited Carlow will continue to provide excellence in performance music education for the children and young people through Music Generation Carlow.

"Thank you and the very best of luck from the Carlow County Council Arts Office. I am sure everyone would agree and wish you the very very best of luck in your new ventures."

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