Hugh Keenan helps to drum up excitement about the recent launch of Kingston Academy’s new premises, which was officially opened by An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore. Hugh’s drumming skills were temporarily muted as the Tanaiste congratulated the music and art school on its latest development, which also marked its third anniversary – something for Hugh to make plenty of noise about.

Kingstown Academy recently celebrated its third anniversary at the launch of its new premises, located on Castle Street in Dalkey. The music school’s director, Audrey McKenna, welcomed An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, to the school.

Before he officially opened the school, the Tanaiste congratulated and praised Audrey and her team, and wished them well. An Tanaiste said that music, the arts and culture is “our soul, and very important in difficult times”.

Amongst those in attendance was Neil Keenan, president, DLR Chamber of Commerce, along with Hal Ledford; Councilor Marie Baker, FG; comedian Kevin Gildea, and numerous pupils and their families, who enjoyed the delightful music. The school offers a wide range of musical activities, along with the addition of various art courses.