Arts grant a boost for School of Rock

The School of Rock received a €2,500 grant

Now in its third year, the Longford School of Rock is back again. And this time with a grant of €2,500 from County Longford Arts Office for the purchase of much needed music equipment.

“It’s a great vote of confidence in the work we are doing,” said School of Rock's Chair and Music Director Owen Catteral, adding that the money will go towards equipment such as speakers, drum kits and microphones.

Developed in partnership with the Longford Schools Completion Programme, School of Rock is comprised of local musicians who volunteer their time and expertise to help the next generation gain the skills of playing an instrument or singing, performing together, learning band management skills, capacity-building and networking.

It will conclude with the creation of a live music concert this summer.

“School of Rock is for young people who are passionate about music and it allows them to engage with like-minded kids instead of just playing in the bedroom,” Owen continued. “Longford has really talented music tutors that bring young musicians through the grades but one-on-one music tuition does not create enough opportunities for students to experience what it is like to play with other musicians or play to a live audience.

“School of Rock allows them to do this, while enhancing their social and networking skills, as well as improving their confidence. Last year, members of the popular youth band Reprisal attended School of Rock and have gone from strength to strength,” Owen stated, before thanking the Principal of Templemichael College, Sorcha Nic Dhonnacha and Co Longford Arts Officer, Fergus Kennedy, for their support.

The fourth season of School of Rock will begin on Saturday, April 16 at 2pm at the Outtake Community Media Studio, Templemichael Business Park, Ballinalee Road, Longford.

Attendance costs €10 per week or €70 for the season, and is open to all secondary school students in Co Longford. Presently they teach acoustic, electric and bass guitar, drums, piano, and vocals. Beginners always welcome.

For more information on School of Rock, contact Shane Crossan on 087 4144082 or message School of Rock through its Facebook page at