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


Rose Keating - Ted and May O'Regan Arts

Photo shows author Rose Keating winner of one of the awards in 2020 receiving the award from Mayor Damien Geoghegan. In the back row playwright Jim Nolan and Bertie Rogers (from the Bursary Committee) and also Sile Penkert Director of Garter Lane Arts Centre.

Martina Collender - Ted and Mary O Regan

Photo shows playwright Martina Collender receiving one of the awards in 2020 from Mayor Damien Geoghegan. Also in photo Michael Grant and Padraig O'Griofa from the Waterford Variety Theatre Group who funded one of the awards (to actor and writer Keith Dunphy) and also in photo is Anne Queally from the Bursary Committee

The 2020 Ted & Mary O’Regan Arts Bursaries were presented at a ceremony in Garter Lane last July.
This years winners were Journalist - Rose Keating, Playwright - Martina Collender and Photographer - Kieran Power.

Rose Keating's award will be using her bursary to help pay her fees for Prose Fictional Writing Course at the University of East Anglia which she was invited to join. The course is the oldest and prestigious of its kind, with alumni and teachers such as Angela Carter, Ian McEwan, John Byrne and Ann Enright. Next up local playwright and creative writer - Martina Collender will be using her award to assist with the cost of publishing her two plays Crotty the Highway Man (2015) and Petticoat Loose (2017), which launched as part of the Imagine Arts Festival 2020 back in October. Kieran Power from Kilmeaden is a graduate of the Photography and Digital Media Course at WCFE. Now at a Pharmaceutical Science student at WIT, he is an emerging photographer whose award will be used to support a production of a 76 page photo book to be published later this year.

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.

Kieran Power - Ted and Mary O'Regan Arts

Photo shows Pauline Kennedy (O'Regan), Ollie Breslin and Jim Nolan (Bursary Committee), Niall Power who accepted the award on behalf of his son Kieran Power and Mayor of Waterford Cllr. Damien Geoghegan.