DIT Ballymun Music Programme

The DIT Ballymun Music Programme (originally the Ballymun Wind Band Project) grew out of a ‘Breaking the Cycle’ Initiative, funded by the Department of Education and Science and DIT in St Joseph’s Primary Schools in Ballymun.  The project was conceived to help combat socio-economic disadvantage and also provide an opportunity for children to learn through the arts.Beginning with recorder in 1st class, the Programme now boasts two wind bands, and offers the possibility of taking music through to Leaving Certificate.  There are now six schools involved:

  • St Joseph’s Junior National School
  • St Joseph’s Senior National School
  • Gael Scoil Baile Munna
  • Holy Spirit Girls National School
  • Our Lady of Victories Boys National School
  • Trinity Comprehensive School      

 The Programme has been enthusiastically received in all of these schools.  Also, in the wider community of parents and extended families, the bands’ concerts and other public appearances are well supported, showing the benefits of playing music are widely appreciated.  Music is now firmly embedded in the fabric of these communities.

The DIT Ballymun Music Programme has been the subject of two films:  A Fanfare for Ballymun (2004, produced by DIT Media Production Unit), and Ballymun Lullaby (2011) by Frank Berry.  The Programme has grasped the imagination of the children, parents and the wider community in a very positive way.