RDS Gold Medal

Over the years, Martin Doyle has submitted flutes to three crafts competitions and has received awards on each occasion.

  • 1985Crafts Council of Ireland Medal.
    (Entered an eight key flute made from African Blackwood.)
  • 1993 – The prestigious Royal Dublin Society Gold Medal Award for excellence (overall winner).
    (Entered an eight key flute made from African Blackwood.)
  • 2011 – First prize in the 'Musical Instruments' category of the Royal Dublin Society National Crafts Awards.
    (Entered a nine key flute made from cocus wood – see image below.)

On receiving the 2011 award, Martin had the following to say:

"Receiving this award is part of an ongoing process to keep our work progressive and interesting. It adds a charm to the whole process to leave the workshop and meet our friends from other places. It also creates a buzz and some excitement among our co-workers because it is quite cute to win a prize and we're thrilled! We are very grateful to the RDS for holding this competition and for giving us the opportunity to have such fun and joy!"

Cocus Nine Key Flute

Above: the Martin Doyle nine key cocus wood flute that won the Musical Instruments category of the 2011 Royal Dublin Society National Craft Awards.

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