Ted and Mary O'Regan Arts Bursary

In late 2003 and early 2004 Waterford lost an inspiring and gentle couple - Ted and Mary O'Regan. Ted was the person to the forefront of many innovative and creative actions over the years, but Mary was his inspiration and confidante they were very much a team.

A group of people from the arts in Waterford have come together to launch an arts bursary in tribute to Ted and Mary. It aims to be an opportunity for a Waterford person to develop his or her creative talent. The criteria for this award are very open and flexible - people of all ages may apply.

Among the organisations who have contributed to the bursary are Waterford Youth Committee, Waterford City Council, Waterford County Council, Waterford City Enterprise Board, Red Kettle, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Spraoi, Theatre Royal, Waterford Dramatic Society and Waterford Youth Arts. Their combined support, together with individual contributions, has enabled the Bursary Committee to dispense a total of €85,000 to local artists since 2005.

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Award Winners to be announced  in the Summer


Megan Maher receiving a Ted & Mary O'Regan Bursary Award on behalf of Jim Nolan, Padraig O’Griofa, Michael Grant, Bertie Rogers and Anne Queally.

Brenda Carroll receiving a Ted & Mary O'Regan Bursary award on behalf of  

Conor Nolan, Micheal Grant, Bertie Rogers
and Anne Queally

The 2019 Ted & Mary O’Regan Arts Bursaries were presented at a ceremony in Garter Lane this week.


This year’ winners were Circus Artist - Megan Maher, Visual Artist - Brenda Carroll, Musician - Niamh Dalton, Singer - E O'Meara and harpist F O'Flynn


Circus Artist, Megan Maher’s award will assist her to take up a two-year course at the Circomedia Centre for Contemporary Circus in Bristol. On her return, Megan hopes to establish a circus school in her native Waterford. Brenda Carroll’s bursary will enable her to complete work on a mixed media exhibition, Cataphillia of a Human Mind. which charts the journey of a Stroke victim on the road to recovery from patient to working artist. Niamh Dalton is a multi-instrument musician with a background in Traditional Irish and Old Time North American Music. Her award will assist the purchase of a range of broadcast quality home recording equipment. Ten-year old E O’Meara’s ambition is to become an opera singer and her bursary will enable her to take singing lessons with noted Irish soprano, Roisín O’Grady. Eleven-year old, F O’Flynn, is a fellow student of Eppie’s at Gaelscoil Philip Barún in Tramore. His bursary will assist him with the continuation of a Musicianship Course at WIT.   

The Award Scheme is the brainchild of a group of friends and colleagues of the late Ted and Mary O’Regan and was created to honour the couple’s invaluable contribution to the artistic and cultural life of Waterford. Launched in 2005, the bursary is financed by local arts organisations and statutory bodies as well as by the O’ Regan family and by friends and admirers of the much loved couple.
Among the organisations who have contributed to the bursary are Waterford Youth Committee, Waterford City and County Council, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Spraoi, Theatre Royal and
Waterford Youth Arts. Bursary Committee Chairman, Bertie Rogers, said that the applications for this year’s awards provided compelling evidence of both the range and quality of artistic activity in Waterford city and county. He paid tribute to Bursary Assessor, Robert Browne and thanked the Bursary’s many benefactors, who have maintained their support for the project in the face of difficult financial circumstances.

E O'Meara receiving a Ted & Mary O'Regan Bursary award on behalf of
Padraig O’Griofa, Anne Queally, Jim Nolan and Bertie Rogers. Pictured with her mother Deirdre O'Meara

Niamh Dalton receiving a Ted & Mary O'Regan Bursary award  on behalf of Bertie Rogers 

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