November 2017 Showcase

Niamh O’Connor

Niamh O’Connor is a visual artist from North County Dublin living and working in Co. Monaghan. She has exhibited across both the North and South of Ireland and beyond. Of note are her works for her 2015 solo “Ballast Full of Hope” Market House, Monaghan, and group shows: “Lie of the Land” Marketplace Theatre and Arts Center, Armagh, “Don’t step on the Cracks” Solas Gallery Leitrim and “100” exhibition Luan Gallery 2016, where her multi-disciplinary works showcased her true ability. Additionally her work has been included in many art led events, Incognito, The Big Egg Hunt, Pigs on Parade, Sackville Street 1916, and the Artist Shuffle in Salam Oregon and LA. Her work has also featured as part of an environmentally inspired event by entitled “Second Time Around” at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia USA and for a number of years as part of the annual Arts Fair at the International Encaustics Conference in Provincetown, Cape Cod from which she received the 2015 non-USA/International scholarship award. Sept/Oct 2017 has seen Niamh show her latest body of work “hidden….Out Loud” in a solo exhibition at the Solas Art Gallery in Leitrim and this show had travelled home to Monaghan and is currently on show for the month of November at the Market House, Monaghan Town Centre, with assistance from the Arts Council of Ireland.

The Farney

The Farney Singers are a community based four part mixed choir founded in 2010 with Carmel Watts as it’s Musical Director. This relatively new choir has over forty members with ages ranging from 20 years to those enjoying their active retirement.

As a community choir based in Carrickmacross their loyal audiences have helped to contribute substantially to the community’s local charities.

This Showcase will give the singers a chance to let loose their choral talents. The choir will perform the very best of modern, traditional and popular songs. A night of music that promises to uplift and entertain the audience with songs from “Les Miserables”, IL Divo, The Beatles and many more is on the cards.

Ruta Medeliene

Ruta Medeliene was born and educated in Kaunas, Lithuania. After attending Art College for 3 years she graduated in Event and Festival Design. After leaving college Ruta worked on all aspects of many cultural projects – from costume design to planning and executing full events.
She has always enjoyed designing and creating specialized jewellery as a hobby, to this very day. After she arrived in Ireland in 2002 she worked in the Hospitality Industry but from 2013 she have concentrated on her jewellery production. Prior to 2013 she had little time to follow her life-long hobby but now she has sourced all the pieces needed to make her intricate jewellery.
Presently, Ruta spends all her time designing and making jewellery and is currently looking to expanding her skills.

NJ McClean

NJ McClean is a songwriter from Co Armagh,

His songs are described as melodic stories and always with meaning. On stage he will capture your attention and you can’t help getting involved with his written word.

Starting late in life with his songwriting he has now recorded two studio albums “Candy Apple Red” and his new recording “Magic Moon”.

Whilst he does not describe himself as a singer, his voice has a dark husky quality with perfect diction.



Missed Monaghan Arts Network September Showcase then catch up Snippets from the September Showcase which took place in the Market House Monaghan on the 30th of September. What a night it was if you missed out here is a chance to see the fabulous Artists who appeared on the night.