A bequest of €2 million has been left to University College Cork's Department of Music in what is the largest gift the department has received in its 113 year history.

Sidney V Regan, who died in 2017, bequeathed almost all of his estate to the university.

A British Master builder, Mr Regan moved with his wife Hilda to Cork in the 1960s and became very involved in the local music scene.

A member of the Commodore Male Voice Choir in Cobh, he was also a member of the Cobh Gramophone Society.

The couple were close friends of the late composer Aloys Fleischmann, who was also Professor of Music at UCC, and Mr Regan bequeathed the gift "to his friend's beloved music department".

Mr Regan also left almost €200,000 to four local charities -  the COPE Foundation, Marymount Hospice, the Cork Deaf Association, and the National Council for the Blind.

The bequest has been welcomed by Professor John O'Halloran, Interim President of UCC, who said it will enable UCC to continue to build "on the great traditional of Seán Ó Riada, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Aloys Fleischmann as well as more recent graduates including Ann Cleare, Julie Feeney and Jack O'Rourke".

UCC said the bequest will be used to fund undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, improved resourcing for performers and fund outside expertise to support its activities.

The announcement coincides with the official online unveiling of the department's new sound studio, which is to take place tomorrow.

The Pauline Oliveros Sound Studio has been named after the renowned American composer who had a close working relationship with the Music Department and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by UCC in 2014, two years before her death.