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Thomas Devlin Fund bursaries open doors to dream careers in music, drama and dance

Jim Devlin and Penny Holloway with Conor Jones from Castlewellan who has received a bursary

EIGHT young people are one step closer to following their dreams of a career in music, drama or art having received funding from the Thomas Devlin Fund.

The bursaries help towards the costs of attending courses, and associated travel which might otherwise make it difficult for people aged 15-19 to participate.

The fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, was set up in memory of Thomas Devlin, a teenager who was killed in an unprovoked attack on his way home from buying sweets in 2006. His parents Penny Holloway and Jim Devlin have ensured a legacy for Thomas having helped support many young people through his fund in the years since.

The amount of grants awarded in this round comes to almost £10,000 and will enable the young people to pursue summer activities as diverse as a starring role in an Andrew Lloyd Webber production in London, classical guitar masterclasses in France and dance training delivered by the professional dancers behind Riverdance.

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