February 2017

February Showcase 2017

This month at the Monaghan Arts Network Showcase event in the Market House Monaghan on Wednesday 22nd of February at 7.30pm we have:


George Knight – Author/Historian

g-knightGeorge’s early life was spent working at sea in the Merchant Navy and subsequently with Irish Ferries.  On retirement, he qualified as a National Tour Guide and worked for the Office of Public Works as a guide at Mellifont Abbey, Newgrange and Loughcrew.  George is currently chairman of County Monaghan Heritage Forum, a member of Clogher Historical Society and a member of the Advisory Panel for Monaghan County Museum.  He has also contributed a number of articles to various historical journals.

Dermot Smyth –Photographer

 dermotOriginally from Dublin, Dermot has been in Monaghan for 30 years.  Although he worked in the Ambulance service for many years, he has been interested in photography from a young age. Since taking early retirement with a health issue, Dermot started to take his photography more seriously.  Dermot completed two years study in Newry College.  His current work is mostly landscapes, with Rossmore Park a particular inspiration.  He has recently been taking more portraits , especially of people I have met who are in recovery from addiction. Here I am aiming to share something of their journey in images.  Dermot is looking forward to share his work and his thoughts on photography at the Monaghan Arts Network.

Dermot’s work can be seen online here: http://dermotjsmythphotography.com/

Enda Brennan – Poetry/Recitations

endaEnda Brennan has been writing poetry since childhood.  He has a great interest in some of the old poets and comic writers.  The recession brought him back to poetry. He has also been involved with the Tyholland Drama Group in a number of plays.  He has a great interest in the old comic poetry and since joining Monaghan Poets and Song Writers’ Group (Moposogs) last year, he has been writing lots of his own.

Leading Tone

leading-toneLeading Tone is an ensemble led by Ben Lamb O’Sullivan with various influences across blues, folk, and jazz.  Featuring well-known local musicians including Dillon Lamb and Daniel Doherty, the upcoming showcase will feature some new music as well as tracks from an upcoming release and a classic or two.