Molly de Búrca is a flautist and conductor from Cork. As a recent Music Education graduate from Trinity College Dublin and TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, Molly studies flute with Ciarán O’Connell. She currently plays with Sinfonua orchestra, Orchestra Ireland, TU Dublin Wind Ensemble, TU Dublin Chamber Orchestra, and Dublin Concert Band as well as being a member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
Growing up in Cork, Molly studied flute with Maria Mulcahy. She has played as principal flute with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra, Cork Concert
Orchestra, Sinfonua, and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble. Molly has played for President Higgins on several occasions, including Prince Charles, Prince of Wales’ visit to Áras an Uachtaráin. She is a Feis Ceoil prizewinner and has played as soloist in the National Concert Hall on multiple occasions.
In 2019, Molly won the TU Dublin Concerto competition. In 2020, she was awarded the Jones
Engineering Conservatory award, as well as achieving second place in the TU Dublin Senior Recital
Competition. This year, Molly has also featured as soloist with Trinity Orchestra in their virtual
performance of ‘Carmen Fantaisie’ for flute and orchestra. Molly is very much looking forward to
performing at the 2021 Boyle Arts Festival.
As a conductor, Molly was selected for the National Concert Hall’s Female Conductor Programme
which included masterclasses and lessons with David Brophy, Alice Farnham and Sian Edwards and a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra. Molly has conducted the Trinity Orchestra, Trinity Musical Theatre’s productions, the Dublin Concert Band, the Cork Opera House Concert
Orchestra and the Cork Concert Orchestra.
Eiméar Harper is a Wicklow-born soprano nearing the end of her studies on the Bachelor of Music degree in Pedagogy at TU Dublin Conservatoire, studying under renowned Irish soprano, Mairead Buicke. This September, Eiméar will continue her studies at TU Dublin Conservatoire, where she will begin a Master’s in Vocal Performance. Eiméar has participated in masterclasses with eminent Irish singers, Patricia Bardon and Gavin Ring.
An avid performer, Eiméar has a wealth of experience performing across a wide range of genres.
From a young age, she developed a love for the stage, and at the age of nine was awarded a vocal
bursary from Arklow Music Festival. Her early involvement with musical theatre also proved a
formative influence in her passion for singing. After receiving a scholarship to attend the A.I.M.S.
Youth Summer School, Eiméar refined her performance skills and subsequently went on to play the roles of The Mistress (Evita) and Doralee Rhodes (9 to 5) in later years.
With a background in choral music, Eiméar has cultivated a love for chamber music, regularly
performing in duos, trios and choral ensembles. As a soloist, Eiméar regularly competes across
national music festivals and has been a prize winner in Arklow Music Festival, TU Dublin
Conservatoire and Dublin Feis Ceoil. This year, she was awarded first prize in the Milne Cup at Feis Ceoil, as well as second prize in the Senior Musical Theatre cup. In light of her successes, Eiméar was featured in the 2021 Feis Ceoil Gala.
Eiméar is delighted to be performing at the 2021 Boyle Arts Festival.
Laura Earley visits 3 premises in Boyle that retain the mosaic shop fronts from her book, Roscommon’s Mosaic Tradition
Laura Earley is an Artist and Art Educator from Co. Roscommon who currently lives in Co. Dublin.
Recently Laura was funded by Roscommon County Council to create and design a photo-book based on the traditions of mosaics in Roscommon. ‘Roscommon’s Mosaic Tradition: Geometric and Artistic Mosaics in the North-West of Ireland’, supported by the Creative Ireland Programme
Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Design and a Masters in Art and Design Education both from the National College of Art and Design (N.C.A.D).
Her art practice explores many different art forms such as textiles, photography and sculpture. In the past, Laura has exhibited her work in galleries such as Mart Studios, the N.C.A.D Gallery and The Lighthouse Cinema.