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A native of Mannin, 17 year old James Ruddy studies music with Sr. Karol O’Connell in Kylemore Abbey. James has completed all his grade examinations and his Senior Certificate with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and holds three Gold Medal Awards for Junior, Middle and Advanced repertoires. James and his brother Myles featured in Making the Grade, a documentary about the grade system in Ireland, recently shown nationwide. James also plays button accordion and holds several Connaught titles. He is currently studding for his diploma in music with Victoria College London.
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