April 2017 Showcase
Born in 1976, Ally Bunbury was brought up with her three sisters, and a menagerie of animals, in County Monaghan. Following a serendipitous encounter at a dinner party, Ally landed a dream internship with a PR agency on New York’s Fifth Avenue, which, in turn, led to a flourishing career in London and Dublin. Ally now runs her own PR company and continues to create dynamic media campaigns for her clients. She lives in County Carlow with her husband, the historian, Turtle Bunbury and their two daughters, Jemima and Bay. From their house, overlooking the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, Ally wrote her debut novel, The Inheritance.
Annie has been working as a jeweller for over twenty-five years. She studied Jewellery Design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She has worked as an apprentice to Bent Exner in Denmark.
She sees the metal she uses as a canvas to create lifelong treasures for the people you love, and she sees her jewellery as miniature art objects. While the pieces she make are very personal to her she is always happy that people interpret them and make them their own. She feels it is important for a piece to be fun to wear and a conversation piece for the wearer. Her work includes two ranges of jewellery. Seisiún which is designed around Traditional Irish Musical Instruments and Clochán
That was inspired by the stone walls, castles and dwellings of Ireland
Dwayne Mc Mahon
A self-confessed jumper enthusiast with a beard and bad eyesight, Dwayne McMahon has spent the last few years letting his emotions out through the form of roaring alongside an acoustic guitar.
After initially coming from a rock background he’s traded the amplifier for a footstool and adapted a more intimate tone. Accompanied by his pal Owen Clerkin on acoustic guitar expect to hear some original song writing as well as a few select covers.
Laura Mc Kenna
Laura is seventeen from Carrickmacross and is a fifth year student at St Louis Secondary School. She started flute lessons with Ms Lisa Cruise six years ago, and She completed her ABRSM Grade 8 last year. She is currently taking lessons at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. She is also studying piano with Lisa Cruise. She has been a member of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland for five years.