January 2017

January Showcase 2017


Pat Mooney 

16105848_10100407477925625_1464043513875137961_nPat is a designer, illustrator, typographer, branding expert, and specialist in both print and web with over 30 years design experience, both in the creative arena and education. He has worked with all sectors from retail to services. Based in the Monaghan, Cavan area of Ireland.

Irish Expert in Graphic Design at the World Skills Competition in Seoul, Korea and in Montréal, Canada. Chief Advising Examiner for NAC (Graphic Design Section) for the Department of Education and Science and winner of “Irish Book Design Award”. Worked on many projects for Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia (Irish Food Board), and many others. Has lectured in all aspects of graphic design and visual communication.
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16174718_10100407478070335_688685544267542329_nDílis is an 8-piece traditional group from Tullycorbett and Aughnamullen Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Under the direction of teacher Francis McMahon, Dílis entered Siansa Gael Linn in 2015, and got through to the regional final. They have again gotten through to the regional finals this year which take place on the 13th February. They have won many medals at both group and solo competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and Scór na nÓg.

Dílis is: Stephen McMahon, Tomasina Mc Ginnity, Aodhan Brennan, Leah Marron, Colm Mc Mahon, Daniel Tomany, Cáit Brennan, and Finbarr Brennan

John McArdle

16142741_10100407478050375_203041036667430864_nJohn Mc Ardle won a best-actor award at the All-Ireland drama finals in Athlone before going on to act in theatre, film and television all of which he still does occasionally. He developed an interest in drama in education and went on to become the Director of The Young Abbey Theatre company in Dublin before settling down to writing, teaching, adjudicating drama festivals in Irish and English and performing with his twin brother Tommy their show on Patrick Kavanagh, Out of that Childhood Country. Was consultant to the Primary Schools Drama Curriculum, and artistic Director of Iontas theatre for five years. He won a Hennessy Literary award for short stories, a European Filmscript award for a film co-scripted with Tommy, had a book of short stories and books of children’s stories published, wrote film-scripts, drama, theatre, theatre in education, treatises on drama in education and “Glenroe” (for six years). Much of his work has been translated into Continental languages.

Bronagh McCabe

15978075_10100407477955565_7444766122542648173_nBronagh is a singer songwriter from Corcaghan with her Influences spanning from Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac to Paramore and KT Tunstall. Bronagh performs regularly at the infamous open mic in McKennas and has performed at many other gigs in monaghan town including the Iontas Sessions in Castleblayney and Pinky and Perkys café

All hosted by resident MC and comedian Lorcan McGrane, (BBC Ulster, Live at the Sunflower)
“The future of Ulster comedy is in very safe hands.”- Belfast Telegraph

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