Philip Hammond won the Sligo Feis Ceoil Instrumental Bursary right at the beginning of his career.
"The History of Sligo Feis Ceoil"
1974 In the instrumental bursary competition Philip Hammond overcame all opposition including that of no less a performer than Eithne Tinney, now a Producer with R.T.E. Lyric F.M. Philip also won the Delaney Cup but another talented member of the Tinney household. Hugh Tinney won the Loretto Cup. Siobhan Terry won the Isobel Bryson Cup, The Oratorio and Sacred Solo while Emer Byrne,Thornhill won the Solo Sight Singing competition. The juvenile piano solo was won by Ann Guckian, followed by a youthful James Nelson. The solo for light opera class was won by Rhona McLoughlin as was the song with Guitar Class.