Originally from Navan, Co. Meath and the eldest of nine children, Gloria Sherry (nee Smyth) is renowned for her version of the song ‘One Day at a Time’ which reached No.1 in the Irish charts in the late 1970s and remained in the charts for 90 weeks, making it to date Ireland’s biggest hit. Gloria started her stage career at the age of 10 when she danced and played accordion with her father’s showband. After leaving school in the late 1960s she joined the Maurice Lynch Showband as a singer. However Gloria is best known for her solo career and has become a legend of Irish country music. She currently tours with other showband greats and has most recently toured with the Country Gospel Show alongside such country stars as Sandy Kelly and Red Hurley. Gloria has lived with her family in Monaghan for many years now and is happy to call it her home.
Marcus Magee, from Kill, Cootehill, Co Cavan has been playing music for many years in the pub scene in Counties Cavan and Monaghan and further afield. Most recently with the band named, The Bouseys. He has since taken a break over the last year and a half from playing live to try to do something different and write more original music. This also coincided with the birth of his and his wife Julie’s first child. Julie also plays and sings in the band, The Bouseys. Marcus’s own material is different than the upbeat, happy cover songs that he normally performs in the pubs. He naturally writes songs about the slightly darker aspects of life and enjoys that change in performing these types of songs.
His wife Julie accompanies some of the songs with her harmonies.
Cormeen Wood Turning
Willie Steenson has been enjoying wood turning for 20 years. A Monaghan man all his life, Willie had a kitchen manufacturing business for 40 years in the town. His love of working with wood is very evident and is a huge part of his life. He enjoys demonstrating his skills at the Tydavnet show and other local shows in the county and has become a regular feature at the Monaghan Farmers’ Market where his expertly crafted wood turning products are available at his stall.
Willie is always there to answer any questions or queries people may have. He also trys to accommodate any special request for gifts or customised orders. Willie also provides courses in wood turning for the ETB and has enjoyed sharing his skills with both Monaghan and Clones Men’s Sheds.
Clones Photography Group
Clones Photography Group was formed in early 2015 and is affiliated to the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) They meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Court House in Clones. The groups’ meetings are informal and welcoming in nature and include photography workshops, expert guest speakers, exhibitions, club outings, photoshop classes and monthly photography competitions. Having fun whilst learning the art of photography is their goal as the emphasis is always on producing photographs rather than an over emphasis on equipment. To date club members have won over 40 international awards with over 400 images selected for display in international photography exhibitions