January Showcase 2016


12605471_834139180045158_864218555851438347_o Eimear Quinn

 Dublin born Eimear Quinn grew up in a family where singing (and choral music in particular) was hugely important. In 1995, she joined the Celtic chamber choir ANÚNA. She sang as one of their principal soloists for a year-and-a-half in cities all over Europe and recorded two albums with the group. It was while singing with Anúna in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin that songwriter Brendan Graham invited her to sing his composition ‘THE VOICE’ as Ireland’s entry to the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest. Eimear won the contest in Oslo later that year. 2006 was the 10th anniversary of Eimear’s Eurovision win. To celebrate this she released the album ‘Gatherings’, a collection of music she had recorded over the previous decade. In December of 2006, Eimear was honored to appear at ‘Ireland’s Finest in Concert’ a gala celebration of the 25th anniversary of the National Concert Hall, along-side Irish artists such as Sharon Shannon, the Chieftains, Paul Brady, Sir James Galway and Brian Kennedy. This was broadcast on RTE television and has been released as a DVD. WEBSITE : www.eimearquinn.com

12553099_835088086616934_5651386776396658072_n  Brian Smyth

Brian studied medicine in UCD and since retiring as a doctor has turned his hand at creating interesting bog-oak sculptures. His other interests include Turf cutting Archaeology, Geology, and music (piano and Fiddle).

12524060_834528843339525_8204379782973366179_n Barbs Gr


Barbara is a photographer living and working in Monaghan. Prior to becoming a photographer she spent many years working in sales, administration and marketing in both her native Poland and in Ireland. Four years ago, Barbara decided to change her career path and learn a new set of skills. Barbara undertook an online children’s photography class and took to the course like a duck to water. She also joined the Monaghan Photographic Society. Currently she works as a tutor for the Children’s Photography Academy. Some of her images have been selected for National calendars and she has won a number of competitions, taken parts in exhibitions and photographic projects.

11140139_835490196576723_2715796195833090766_n Mark McNally

Born and raised on a farm, Mark is now studying film in Queens University Belfast. In 2014, he acted as Focus Puller for YIFM’s short “Lowlands” which was shot in a week in Kilkenny. Since then he’s written and directed several short films, including Nothing Happens Somewhere (2015) and Boot (2015 – Featuring the incredible local talents of Barry McSkeane and Pat Deery). He also directed music videos for both Rubenne’s “Keep Movin’” and Litehouse’s “Black Cats”, with more planned. Other work includes Game of Thrones (2015) and Martin de Barra’s Forget Me Nots (2013). His first play, No Saints Left Alive, is currently in pre-production and due for a 2016 release in Queens University.