Stars of Ballymun Lullaby to study at DIT

25 September 2012: Among the thousands of talented students starting in DIT this academic year are two graduates of the Ballymun Music Programme who starred in the critically acclaimed film Ballymun Lullaby. The film - http://www.ballymunlullabythefilm.com/ - has been shown in cinemas in Ireland, at international film festivals, and recently aired on RTE television.

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Darren Scully and Tara O'Brien

The two students are Darren Scully, now a 2nd year student on the DIT BA programme in Leisure Management, and Tara O’Brien who is in the first year of her BA in Music Performance at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Darren and Tara were both participants in the Ballymun Music Programme while attending school. This innovative programme was established more than fifteen years ago and offers the opportunity for participation in the arts for children in all schools in Ballymun and a pathway for progression to further studies. Managed by Ron Cooney in the DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office, the programme provides music tuition in its purpose-built, state-of-the-art Ballymun Music Room as well as in the local schools. Participants have performed in the National Concert Hall, with the RTE Symphony Orchestra; on the stage in the Helix; in the Axis Theatre; and in the O2, as well as participating in the filming of Ballymun Lullaby, which told the story of the programme and what it has achieved in the community.

Now, in addition to their starring roles on film and their new lives as college students, Tara and Darren are preparing to make presentations at two prestigious conferences taking place shortly. Tara will be a panellist at the Music Education Conference, “Voicing 2012: Quality, Inclusion and Participation in Music Education” which takes place in Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday 26th September. Darren has been invited to represent Ireland at the "Young Leader Summit and Conference" taking place from 18th-22nd October in Pittsburgh in the USA.

DIT colleagues in the DIT Access and Civic Engagement office are delighted to welcome Darren and Tara to DIT, having worked with them on their journey to higher education. Julie Bernard, Head of Access and Civic Engagement, said “We had the opportunity to get to know Tara and Darren through their participation in the Ballymun Music Programme and now we are delighted that they are with us again as students with the Access Service. We are very proud of them and look forward to working with them throughout their studies at DIT!”

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