Multi-instrumentalist and researcher, Louise Mulcahy, has been named as one of the ten artists to receive the Markievicz Award from the Arts Council in the Republic this year.
Worth €25,000 to each recipient, the ten awards are open to female artists from all backgrounds and genres and aims to afford them the time and space to develop new work that reflects on the role of women in the period covered by the decade of centenaries 2012–2023 and beyond. The scheme was established to honour Constance Markievicz – herself an artist – as the first woman to be elected to Parliament and the first to be appointed to Cabinet.
This year’s ten recipients are drawn from the theatre, literature, the visual arts, film. music and dance. Louise is the only traditional artist to be honoured.
From a well-known musical family in Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick, Louise has performed and recorded extensively both in Ireland and internationally on the uilleann pipes, the flute and the whistle, with her father, Mick and sister, Michelle. Louise also performs as a solo artist – often playing the Alain Froment set of pipes on loan from Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) bequeathed to the organisation by the late Liam O’Flynn. Louise is also a leading researcher into the history of women in uilleann piping.
NPU Chief Executive Gay McKeon commented: “On behalf of NPU and indeed the piping community I’d like to pass on our very best wishes to Louise who has been a wonderful ambassador for piping and traditional music and a most worthy recipient of this significant award. I wish her the very best in her continued musical and research endeavours.”