Special Awards




THE SIEBAL SHARKEY AWARD

THE SIEBEAL SHARKEY BURSARIES OF UP TO £1,000 will be awarded at this year’s Féis at the discretion of the Féis Committee, subject to the following conditions.

1.The competitors must be aged 17 years or over on or before the 1st January immediately preceding the Féis. Proof of age will be necessary.
2. The competitors must be principally resident in County Derry, Tyrone or Donegal.
3. The competitors will be nominated by the Adjudicators or the Committee in one of the following sections - Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Speech and Drama - as one who has outstanding potential and who would benefit from advanced tuition in their chosen speciality. In the Instrumental Music section he/she must be a competitor in a repertoire competition and two other solo competitions. In the Vocal Music section he/she must be a competitor in the Danny Casey Cup (Operatic Solo), the Father McGettigan Cup (Irish Song) and the Dana Cup (Repertoire). In the Speech and Drama section he/she must be a competitor in three of the following competitions the Repertoire, Character Study, Studied Prose and Sight Reading.
4. All candidates nominated will be asked to make an application to the Féis Committee providing details of how the Bursary will be best used to further their career in the discipline they have chosen. Evidence of payment of expenses may be needed by the Féis Committee before reimbursements.
5. The decision of the Féis Committee in the award of the Bursaries will be final.
6. Previous recipients of the Siebeal Sharkey Bursary will not be eligible again.
7. Bursary cheques will only be issued in the name of the tutor or school stipulated by the candidate. Cheques cannot be issued in the name of a candidate.



APPLICATION FOR OTHER SPECIAL AWARDS
A number of special awards are presented by the Féis Secretary each year for schools or individuals who excel during Féis week. Application Forms for all Special Awards can be collected at the Féis Office. Forms must be returned with a provisional listing of placings by the Thursday evening of the week. Final listing is to be updated by the Friday of the Feis.The Feis Committee cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the application forms. It is the responsibility of the schools or individuals to correctly enter all information.

SENIOR DANCER BURSARY
A Bursary of £200 will be awarded at this year’s Féis to a senior dancer competing in the senior competitions over 16 years. The award will be allocated on a Points system according to the Samuel Burke Award:

1. 1st Prize counts for 10 marks for solo competitions and 7 points for team competitions.
2. 2nd Prize counts for 5 marks for solo competitions and 3 points for team competitions.
3. 3rd Prize counts for 3 marks for solo competitions and 2 points for team competitions.
•All candidates must have competed in the Solo competitions to be eligible. All solo competitions with the exception of the Slip Jig will be awarded points
•All bursaries must be used for tuition or to support major competitions. Evidence of expenses incurred may be asked for by the committee before reimbursement.
•Bursary cheques will only be issued in the name of the tutor or school stipulated by the competitor. Cheques cannot be issued in the name of the competitor except in unusual circumstances.
•Previous recipients of the bursary will not be eligible again.
•The decision of the Féis committee in the award of the bursary will be final.

THE SAMUEL BURKE AWARD

For the competitor over 16 years who obtains the highest number of marks as per scale in Solos, Duets, Trios, Quartets, and ensembles in Vocal and/or Instrumental Classes.
1. 1st prize counts 10 marks for Solos, 7 for Duets etc.
2. 2nd prize counts 5 marks for Solos, 3 for Duets etc.
3. 3rd prize counts 3 marks for Solos, 2 for Duets etc.


THE EDWARD HENRY O'DOHERTY SHIELD
For the competitor under 16 years in all sections of the Féis. Scale of marks as for the Samuel Burke Award above. To qualify, a competitor must score points in at least 3 sections.

THE BISHOP'S SHIELD-Open to all schools
Points will be awarded as follows and only for competitors who have been entered through schools: Action Song, Group Mime, Large Group Drama, Orchestra. (1st: 30; 2nd: 25; 3rd: 20). History Project, Choirs (music and verse), Folk Dancing, Choreography (20; 15; 10). Small Group Drama, Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles (15; 10; 5).

THE SUSAN BROWN CUP
For the school attaining highest marks as per scale of the Bishop's Shield and in the alternative Primary/Post-Primary category level to that of the winner of the Shield.

THE WILLIE CAMPBELL SHIELD
For the Instrumental School attaining the highest marks as per the scale of the Samuel Burke Award.

THE FR. ADRIAN PORTER CUP
For the Vocal School attaining the highest marks as per the scale of the Samuel Burke Award.

THE EILEEN COYLE CUP
Open to Competitors under 16yrs competing in the vocal section of the feis, including competitions 723 & 724 -traditional singing. Marks as per Samuel Burke award, plus 1 mark for any competiton entered but not placed.


OTHER AWARDS AND BURSARIES
See details in the syllabus sections. The Féis Committee may also, at its discretion, award some smaller bursaries to competitors who excel in their own sections.