Generations of musical talent from Seán Ó Riada to Ann Cleare have learned their trade at University College Cork - and now future cohorts of musicians will benefit as its Department of Music has been awarded the largest gift in its 113 year history.
The estate of Sidney V. Regan has bequeathed €2M to the Department of Music at UCC, and the announcement coincides with the unveiling of UCC’s new Sound Studio, the most significant investment in the Department of Music in recent years.
Mr Regan, a British master builder, moved to Cork in the 1960s where he and his wife Hilda became heavily involved in the music scene. Mr Regan was a member of the Commodore Male Voice Choir in Cobh, and founder of the Cobh Gramophone Society.
It was during this time that the Regans befriended former Professor of the Music Department at UCC, Aloys Fleischmann.