Beinn Mhàbu Announces Legacy Investment With Joe Shannon and Family

Originally published by Beinn Mhàbu on May 29, 2023.

On the heels of Beinn Mhàbu’s post-secondary programming premiere this fall, Joe Shannon and family are investing one million dollars into support for the new cultural and educational initiative.

Divided into several areas, the funds will focus on student and program supports such as guest lecturers, field trips, classroom equipment and recruitment efforts. The funds will also establish an Artist-in-Residence program, bringing internationally recognized artists to Mabou to work on their craft within this culturally rich community. The largest portion will go toward student scholarships with an endowment fund being created.

“The Shannon family’s investment in Beinn Mhàbu will make a significant difference for our students, the overall program experience, and ultimately the local community. We are very thankful to the Shannon Family for their investment,” says Beinn Mhàbu and Colaisde na Gàidhlig President, Rodney MacDonald.

Students applying for the 2023-2024 year ahead are eligible for programming assistance with up to $8500 now available per student. An application is available via now.

In partnership with Cape Breton University, this fresh, new program delivers an innovative, broad-based, foundation year that provides credits toward a degree at CBU. Offered through the language of English, students gain a deep understanding of Gaelic culture by focusing on key subject areas, from the ancient past to the present day. For more information on the program and the opportunities available, visit