July 2017 Showcase

Monica Liddle
A native of Glaslough and past pupil of St. Louis in Monaghan, Monica now lives with her husband Michael and children, Ali and Cameron, in Emyvale.
Monica describes herself as a decorative painter, specialising in stencilling, gilding, marbling and murals.
She studied graphic design in Athlone RTC, before moving to Dublin where she worked for a number of years with a sign-writing/pub fitting company, Sign Design Ltd. The work included hand painted signs, gilded lettering on wood and glass, sandblasted mirrors and screened glass designs.
She returned to Glaslough and after completing a start your own business course in Dundalk RTC, she did just that. At this time Castle Leslie had started its transformation from stately home to exclusive hotel. Monica worked on the initial renovations, many of which still remain, and continues to work there on current projects.
Since then, working with interior designers and on her own, Monica has added her touch to many private houses, pubs, hotels and churches in Monaghan and further afield. She has even made it to the credits of the two feature films, Shrooms and Puffballs, made in Monaghan in 2006.
Monica’s latest work can be viewed in The Meeting House in Broomfield, the Tin Church at Laragh Heritage​, the Crocus Centre and the Errigal Truagh Special Needs centre.

CMX Comhaltas
The Carrickmacross branch of Comhaltas was founded in 1972 and draws
its membership from all over the ‘Farney’ region of South Monaghan.
The main activity is running weekly classes, holding monthly sessions
and staging an annual festival, the Féile Patrick Byrne.

The Carrick branch combines with Tullycorbet CCÉ for fleadh
competitions as Ceoltóirí Drumlin. This amalgamation has achieved
great success at various fleadhanna and has also performed in
Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
The branch is twinned with the school of music from Carhaix in
Brittany, France. In 2016 the Carrick musicians and dancers performed
in Carhaix and the Breton school are due in Carrick next year.
For their Arts Network performance, the group’s sean nós and set
dancers will take centre stage. Their programme will emphasise local
dance traditions including the ‘Monaghan Jump’ sean nós dance step.



Hair MakeUp and Designs !!! My name is Anita and I am currently living in Emyvale. I am a qualified Hairdresser and Make Up Artist for many years now. My experience in the hair and beauty world and my love of fashion has led me to my most recent passion in making headpieces .. I enjoy making bespoke personal pieces for my clients and making one off pieces for Rental. Adding that special touch to complete someones look gives me great joy. I love following all the current trends yet I’ve a keen eye for all that is classic .. I believe this allows me to serve my clients with all their hair beauty & fashion accessory needs.. My headpieces can be rented from the Queen Bee Magherfelt and Monaghan and for Hair and Make Up I can be found in Fifth Avenue by Belinda Hamill.



An alternative rock group hailing from all areas of monaghan. They set up in early 2016 but have been on a break since early 2017. During this break they have wrote multiple songs which will all be played live for the first time during the showcase this July. They are currently working on releasing multiple demos and a single is in the works set to be released towards the end of summer.
For their stripped back set, Rachel Mc Kenna will be playing piano and singing, Sean Mac Elwain will be playing guitar and Roland Beets will be playing bass. The band have played throughout monaghan, cavan, and Dublin but this will be their first acoustic set thanks to the help of local producer Carl Bundy


New band on the scene R.N started back in October. A duo made up of the new Niamh Murray and Ruairí Forde. This is not Niamh’s first-time performing with the Monaghan Arts Network, she previously showcased as a solo singer in the August showcase two years ago and has been involved with many events organised by the network which include the Christmas and charity showcase. Niamh was also one of the artist that contributed to the Monaghan Arts Network CD “Splitting the Stones’. R.N made their first appearance performing at the Darkness into Light charity fundraiser in front of an audience of 2500 people. Niamh regularly sings at events such as weddings and funerals and also a passion for music and creativity. She is currently heading into her second year of university studying Media Studies and business in Maynooth University. Ruairí a guitarist, singer and songwriter has loved music from a young age and has previously preformed at charity events such as Cycle Against Suicide. He has written many songs and a number of them will be included in the showcase. Ruairí has successfully secured a place studying Creative Music Production in IADT in Dublin commencing in September.