DMEP gets back to music tuition across Donegal for 2022

UPDATE, Tuesday, 18th January, 2022 – Music tuition is back in schools and centres across Donegal. Big thanks to more than thirty DMEP tutors who are teaching in the evenings and at weekends. Covid protocols remain in place for all DMEP tuition and activities.

For children with an interest in music and singing, there are a limited number of places still available. Check below the pic for a list. A 30 minute class is €17. For some instruments there’s a small group rate of €10, with two or three in the group. 

New students – If you’d like to learn to play or to sing, click here

Mulroy Academy of Music – If you’d like to join the new Mulroy Academy of Music at Mulroy College in Milford, click here.

Places available for guitar, piano and violin. Details on the DMEP Facebook page on Thursday 6.1.22. Sign up!

Coming up, PCC Soundwaves at Mulroy College – make music, make friends! 

There are plans for a Soundwaves day at Mulroy College in Milford on either Saturday 26th March or, more likely, Saturday 2nd April. It’s a day to bring young musicians and singers together to make music. Expert or beginner, all instruments. €20. The Soundwaves day in PCC An Fál Carrach in early December was a big success – see the DMEP Facebook page for a video of an original song created on the day. More about Mulroy Soundwaves shortly. Wall2Wall Music (Derry) will be delivering once again.

Below – Seamus Devenny from Wall2Wall Music keeps the beat as Anu on piano awaits the cue from other band members. The song is an original, ‘After the Storm’ (working title), from, remember the name, Ten Human Beings. All happening at PCC Soundwaves in PCC An Fál Carrach on Saturday (11th Dec).


Contact the DMEP – email or phone 07491 76293. Please wait while the call transfers (we’re still working from home)

TUITION – Here’s some of what we’ve got still available, in no particular order

LETTERKENNY, Errigal College

Voice, Claire Moloney Monday 4.30, 8.30

Double bass, Conor Murray (of The Murray Twins), Monday 5.30, 6.00, 6.30

Trumpet/trombone, Ian Behan, Thursday 6.00, 8.30

Ukulele, keyboards, Tracy Friel, 5.00, 5.30

Sax/flute/clarinet, Jim McDermott, Monday 4.30, 5.00, 8.00

Piano/keyboards, Karen Henry (Henry Girls), Wednesday 4.30, 8.30

Flute/clarinet, Nigel Crossan, Monday 8.00, Thursday 3.45 (St Fiachra’s), 7.30

Cello, Victor Yélamo, Wednesday 8.00, Thursday 8.00

Guitar, Cian O’Donnell, Thursday 8.30

Voice, Riana Lynch, Wednesday, 8.30

MULROY, Mulroy College, Milford

Violin/fiddle, Irene Donnelly, Thursday, 5.30, 6.00

Guitar, Cian O’Donnell, Wednesday (group places) 5.20, 6.00

Piano, Jim Maley, 7.00


Great stuff happening! Enquire about voice, guitar/bass, drums and piano

Voice, Tine Verbeke, 8.00

Drums, Colm Ferriter, from 4pm FREE! (for the moment anyway 🙂


Guitar, Rhys McBride, Tuesday, 5.00, 5.30, 7.00

DONEGAL TOWN, FET Centre (Drumcliff, over bridge)

Trumpet/trombone, Ian Behan, Wednesday 6.30, 7.00

Violin, Irene Donnelly, Monday 4.00, 4.30, 7.30

Violin, Orsolya Szabo-Yélamo, Tuesday, 7.00

BALLYSHANNON, Adult Education Centre

Clarinet/sax/flute, Don Swain, Monday 2.30, 3.00. Also Tuesday evening

BUNCRANA, Crana College

Keyboards, Annette McNelis, 6.45, 7.15

Voice, Claire Moloney, Monday, 5.30, 6.00


Violin/drums, Seamus Devenny, 7.30

MOVILLE, Community College

Violin/drums, Seamus Devenny, 4.45, 7.45


Guitar/ukulele, Egon Callery, Tuesday 6.30, 7pm

Guitar, piano, woodwind, Brian McDevitt, Wednesday 8.30. Also Fridays


One-to-one lessons (mostly what we do) cost €17 for 30 minutes. We follow the school year and have 30 weeks of lessons. You pay in advance quarterly. We have some group lessons, such as with guitar, at €12/€10 for half an hour, depending on whether it’s two or three in the group.

Outstanding fees? Pay here 🙂

You’ll need the info we sent you when you registered – your family ID (starts with CD2), your six-digit PIN and the last four digits of the mobile number you gave us. Any difficulties, email


For the DMEP’s latest developments, please check out our Facebook page DMEP-Donegal Music Education Partnership, and also the Facebook account of our music development manager, Martin McGinley – dmep.


We have ten performing groups and they’re always glad to see new members. The good news is that ‘in person’ rehearsals are starting again. So you can join the likes of the Donegal Youth Orchestra (if you’re under 25 and at least Grade III standard), the Donegal Chamber Orchestra or Donegal Junior Strings; the Donegal Youth Choir (ages 12 – 18 approx), the Letterkenny and Dungloe Junior Choirs (very keen on new faces), or the adult choir Errigal Singers, who rehearse every Monday evening in Letterkenny; our jazz-inflected outfits the Errigal Groove Orchestra (looking for electric guitarist, bass player, brass at the minute) or Saxtet; and Mind Your Quavers, our adult back-to-music group. More details below.

The Errigal Singers and conductor Maghnus Monaghan performing at Donegal Castle.

Yes, you could be starring in a DMEP performing group! The cost for 2021 – 2022 is just €100.

Here’s the line-up in no particular order (ages approximate, these are the fondly-remembered rehearsal times and places before Covid) –

Donegal Junior Strings, conductor Victor Yélamo – beginners, 6 – 12 yrs. Rehearsals weekly, Saturday afternoons, 4pm – 5pm  RCC Letterkenny

Donegal Youth Orchestra, conductor Vincent Kennedy – most instruments, grade 3 and up, 12 – 20 yrs. Rehearsals every second Fri, RCC, Letterkenny

Donegal Chamber Orchestra, conductor Victor Yélamo – strings, prob Grade 4/5 and up, mix of students and adults. Saturday afternoons, 1.30pm – 4pm, RCC Letterkenny

Dungloe Junior Choir, conductor Sara Laughlin – anyone aged 6 – 12 years interested in singing and making new friends. Every second Sunday afternoon, Rosses Community School

Donegal Youth Choir, conductor Sara Laughlin, accompanist Evan McGarrigle – ages 11 to 20. Every second Sunday afternoon, Vestry, St Conal’s Hospital grounds, High Road, Letterkenny. 4pm – 6.30pm.

Errigal Singers, conductor tbc, adult choir. Every Monday evening, 7pm – 8pm, Errigal College, Letterkenny. Welcome for all new members and especially needing male singers!

Errigal Groove/ Saxtet – jazz, rhythm and blues. Brass, wind, guitars, drums, vocals – join up! 12 – 18. Saxtet is made for sax players 🙂 Tutor Brian McDevitt leading the way. Every second Saturday, RCC, Letterkenny.

Letterkenny Junior Choir – if you’re aged 6 to 12 and like singing, come along! Every Thursday, 3.30pm – 4.30pm, RCC, Letterkenny. Conductor – Douglas Carnes

Mind Your Quavers – for adults who’d like to get back playing. Mix of instruments, including violin, cello, flute, trumpet and more. All welcome. Leaders – Irene Donnelly, Seamus McGuire. Every second Thursday, Errigal College, 7pm – 9pm.

Get in touch via or phone us on 07491 76293.

Check out what we do on Facebook or see our playlist on YouTube for loads of music 🙂

Note – we request data to allow us to run our programme. Our data protection policy is here.


The DMEP is the music arm of the Donegal Education and Training Board, which is doing marvellous work in education and training across the county. The DMEP is supported by the Department of Education.

Martin McGinley is the DMEP’s Music Development Manager, John McIvor is the administrator and Orsolya Szabo-Yélamo is the full-time violin resource tutor. In terms of the DMEP’s web presence, there’s valuable support from hosting expert Jakub Józefowicz of LetsHost, based in Oranmore, County Galway.

Here’s our calendar –


Victor Yélamo, conductor of Donegal Junior Strings, talks to the audience at the DMEP student concert in the Regional Cultural Centre, LK. 11.5.19


Mary Armitage, second left, pictured backstage at the National Concert Hall on Saturday night 9th February 2019 after receiving the prestigious Agnes O’Kane Award from the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. With her are, from left, Rosa Flannery (Music Generation Laois), who presented the award; Ruth Crimmins (grand-daughter of the late Agnes O’Kane); and Philip O’Kane (Agnes’s husband). 

We teach mostly classical, with some jazz and contemporary/rock. We cater for all ages and abilities. Details here.

Accordionist extraordinaire Damien Mullane, centre, pictured with the group at his workshop in Regional Cultural Centre LK on Saturday 19.1.19. The group includes three generations of Greenes on right – Joe senior and junior, and Killian at front. Thanks to Music Network and RCC



Click here to enrol for music tuition or our groups









John Doyle (closest to camera) working with some cracking Donegal guitar players and upcoming talent 🙂