• 7th January 2016
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Welcome to the YADAs Website, a Creative Educational Initiative, inspiring youth in Second Level Education to pursue their dreams through an innovative Programme and Award.


The initiative, which to date has been ran on a Bi-Annual basis, is a not-for-profit, built on the principles of Encouragement, Development & Support. It offers students the opportunity to explore their creative ability and business acumen across a range of sectors within the music industry where they get to work with some of the industries finest.

AVA Barrett

YADA Award For Best Song PerformedAVA Award

TV Presenters,  Stephen Byrne & Diana Bunici with Songwriters, Ava Barrett & Don Mescall

Ava Barrett is a young singer/songwriter who attends Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. Ava was the recipient of the YADA Award for Best Song Performed for her song 1964.

The YADAs which focus only on original work, first heard Ava at her School Showcase where she performed two of her own songs, 1964 and Disposable. The song 1964 gained her the nomination for the Award and she was successful to win on the night.

Ava’s song ‘1964’ will be released to coincide with the launch of the 2016/17 YADA Programme in September.


St Brigid’s, Secondary School

Killarney, Co. Kerry

YADA Award for Best EMTSt Brigids 2014 Awards

St. Brigid’s won the Award for Best EMT (Event Management Team) and with a strong team where very professional in the execution of their duties. They organised one of the most seamless and enthusiastic showcases encountered on the programme and displayed a very high level of enthusiasm and professionalism throughout.


Sarah Mullaly

St Kevins Community College

Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

YADA Award for Best Student Potential 

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Sarah Clip Pic 2

Sarah Mullaly, won the Award for Best Student Potential, which was awarded this year for Photography. Sarah showed remarkable attention to detail headed up the Photography & Videography Dept. at St Kevins for their YADA Showcase. Sarah has gone on to pursue photography as one of her favourite hobbies and acknowledges beneficial winning the award was for in opening doors.


QUESTION: What is it and how does it work?

ANSWER: In the 2016 Programme menu, there are the links What Is It? and How Does It Work? or click the them here.

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