Tanaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and TD for the local constituency of DLR Eamon Gilmore, officiated at the official opening of the new Kingston Academy of Music in Dalkey this
afternoon. The story of success of the Kingston Academy in these recessionary times is an example of Irish resilience, determination and positive attitude. Ms Audrey McKenna, Director and owner of the Academy has demonstrated these characteristics in growing her business, creating employment and bringing joy and a sense of achievement to hundreds of children and adults. When asked how she felt about the new School in Dalkey she said:
“I believe that we all have a responsibility both in business and in a private capacity to utilize any Personal Reserves and approach these challenging times with optimism and enthusiasm. This is what we have had to do in the Kingston Academy of Music. Having started from humble beginnings three years ago we are now, through hard work and dedication, opening our new premises on Castle Street, Dalkey, three years on. We are all delighted.”
Speaking at today’s launch, Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD, a long time supporter of the Academy, said that he was very honored to officially open the new premises and that: “What Audrey has done in such a short space of time is really wonderful. Music, Arts and Culture are our soul and they have sustained us through difficult times and will sustain us for sometime to come. It is a privilege to be here today and I believe we will all look back with great pride as Audrey and the Academy go from strength to strength.”
The Kingston Academy of Music employ 15 full time music teachers and support staff as well as fifteen further reserve teachers and cater for over 200 families of multiple musical and visual arts disciplines.