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Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich had cause for celebration this week when Business Development Officer Fionnuala Cush won Apprentice of the Year at the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards 2019.

The aim of the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards is to recognise those who are working to promote culture, art and heritage in a variety of ways.  The award was presented at a ceremony in Cardiff on 1st April 2019.  Competitors were nominated for the competition from arts and cultural centres from the north, Scotland, England and Wales for the work that they have done during their respective apprenticeships over the past year. 

Fionnuala Cush came out on top as joint winner with Sophie Hukin of Sharp Futures in Manchester. Fionnuala began working at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in 2016 as a waitress in the café, Bia, and from there she accepted a role as an apprentice, and has since been employed in Cultúrlann as Business Development Officer.

Aisling Ní Labhraí, Director of Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich said: 

“Fionnuala is a very capable and clever young woman who is all driven in her work.  Her bright personality adds so much to everything here in the Cultúrlann.  We’re very lucky that we have her working with us and we’re also fortunate that the funding was available from Creative and Cultural Skills to develop her skills.  Fionnuala is a great example of the ability and the drive that people in this area have and shows the importance of investing in them.” 

Áine Robinson, Chairperson of Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich said:                              

“We’re absolutely delighted that Fionnuala won this award. She has achieved so much and she is a fantastic role model for young Irish speakers who are considering a career in the arts.”

Everyone in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich would like to wish our warmest congratulations to Fionnuala and wish her all the best in her future career.