Supporting The Arts

The talents of Dublin City University students were recognised at a presentation ceremony in the U, on DCU’s Glasnevin campus this week when nine students were awarded with an arts bursary to help them pursue excellence in their chosen fields of music, writing, videography, photography, visual arts, dance, and filmmaking.

The bursaries, established in 2009, are jointly funded by DCU’s Office of Student Life and DCU Educational Trust. They aim to promote excellence in artistic and cultural activities and encourage students to excel in their craft.

Bursaries are awarded following a competitive application and interview process through which students outline their achievements, hopes for the future and how the bursary will help to achieve their goals.

Speaking at the event, Mary Shine Thompson, a member of DCU Educational Trust’s Council of Trustees commented:

“It’s an honour for me to be with you today to present these nine talented students with their arts bursaries, as this is an event that I hold close to my heart. As you will be aware, DCU places high emphasis on the arts and creativity. This is evident throughout our three campuses especially this week, with numerous exciting events taking place as part of DCU’s Anam festival. Indeed, this presentation is one of those important events. I wish these students every success in their chosen fields, and look forward to following their achievements.”


Following a presentation of certificates by Mary Shine Thompson and Úna Redmond, Office of Student Life Manager, attendees were treated to a musical performance by awardee Seán O’Connor who sang a song he wrote last year entitled ‘There is beauty.’

Bursary recipient Eoin Luc Ó’Ceallaigh described what the support means to him stating:

“It’s so fantastic to receive this Arts Bursary. With the additional money I was able to buy a new camera which essentially allows me to make better quality films. The difference between it and my old camera is incomparable. I’m currently using it for my thesis, but will also use it to make documentaries that I hope to enter into film festivals too. The Arts Bursary has really been a huge help.”


A full list of Arts Bursary students below:

  • Sean O’Connor – Music
  • Niamh Elliott-Sheridan – Writer
  • David Dunning – Music
  • Jonas Puidokas – Videography / Photography
  • Matthew McConnell – Videography / Photography
  • Niamh Ni Iceadha – Visual Arts
  • Ciara Casey – Music / Dance
  • Eoin Luc O’Ceallaigh – Filmmaking
  • Ben McQuaid – Visual Arts