This project was Sr Bernadette Sweeney's vision that all children should have the opportunity to experience the gift of access to music.
Since 2005 Sister Bernadette Sweeney has facilitated the unique project which is ongoing in her school, St Agnes’ Primary School, Crumlin, a designated DEIS 1 primary school on Armagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12.
A donation of €20,000 from the Religious Sisters of Charity greatly aided the project in it’s infancy. An AIB Better Ireland Award enabled the school to buy class sets of string instruments. All 400 children in the school including those with special needs from Junior Infants to 6th Class learn violin, while some also play violin, viola, cello and double bass in the School Orchestra. There is no charge for instruments or lessons.
The AIB Better Ireland Award gives the project a lift off by enabling the school to buy class sets of stringed instruments.
Class sets of quarter (1/4) and half (1/2) size violins are delivered along with ten violas, six cellos and two double basses!!
Joanna Crooks and Nicole Hudson were the initial team of teachers.