student Nuala McGowan, who is already well known to local
audiences for her performances with Fusion Theatre, has received
a major career boost with the award of the 2008 Thomas Devlin
Nuala, who recently took to the stage of the
Island Arts Centre as Madame Thenardier in Fusion's production
of Les Miserables, is one of eight young people studying
performing arts who received a financial award from the Thomas
The fund was set, up by family and friends
following the murder of Thomas, who was 15 when he was stabbed
to death near his north Belfast home in August 2005.
Nuala, 18, is a former student of St Dominic's
High School and is now studying for an acting degree at
Mountview Academy of Arts in London. Unfortunately she was
unable to attend the awards ceremony at the Europa Hotel at the
weekend so her twin sister Niamh, also a budding actress who
recently took on the role of Fantine in Fusion's Les Miserables,
accepted the award on her behalf.
Penny Holloway, Thomas's mother, said: "We
are delighted that the Fund is able to offer this financial
assistance to these talented young people. We hope that as a
result they will be able to achieve their aspirations and we
will be following their futures with interest.
"We are grateful to the individuals,
companies and trade unions who have donated so generously to the
Fund since it was established in 2006.
"Their contribution has made these awards