Ciaran is from Monaghan Town and has been playing music and singing from an early age. A multi-instrumentalist, Ciaran is proficient on bodhran, tinwhistle, low whistle and stringed instruments such as guitar, bazouki and banjo. Ciarán is an accomplished singer and can be heard giving renditions in english or his favoured “as gaeilge”. In more recent times Ciarán has been concentrating on his own compositions and has plans to record and release in the near future. In tonight’s showcase, Ciarán will be singing songs “as gaeilge”, “as bearla”, some of his own and some not is own!
Máire Treanor had been teaching and designing Clones Lace since the late 1980s, being introduced to it by Mamo McDonald, a well known personality in Clones. Having learned the simpler rose and shamrock squares from Nan Caulfield, who lived in Glaslough St Monaghan, she was always more interested in the old floral work, which had died out. She studied an old piece of this floral work, joined by the Clones knot, which Mamo lent her. Mamo and Máire formed a worker’s co –operative in the late 1980s, with 15 outworkers, including the Cruddens and Tessie Leonard from South Fermanagh, who had been making hankies and table ware in fine Irish Crochet, all their lives. In 2015 the International Clones Lace Summer School celebrated its 25th year. Máire has written a book on the story and patterns of Clones Lace, released a dvd on the subject and travels to the States every year to teach Clones Lace and Irish Crochet. Máire has acquired a growing collection of antique and modern Irish Crochet Lace, which has become popular worldwide.
Aoife Ní Roideáin
Aoife Ní Roideáin is a young singer who hails from Broomfield, Donaghmoyne. A fluent Irish speaker Aoife is equally comfortable singing in Irish as well as English. A multi instrumentalist, Aoife plays fiddle, tin whistle, low whistle, guitar and keyboard and plays fiddle with the Irish language rock band Dysania. Aoife was thrilled to perform with the band at the renowned Sugar Club, in Dublin, in January of this year when the band was nominated in no less than five categories for the prestigious “Gradam Nós” awards and excited that the band were voted the third best live act at the awards ceremony. Although she just turns 18 at the end of this month, Aoife is already a veteran of fleadhanna, having competed in County, Ulster and all-Ireland competitions as a singer, tin whistle player, fiddle player and on occasionlilter. No stranger to touring Aoife has performed at the Féile Alton Irish Festival, in Alton Hampshire with the Irish folk group “Fuaim”, she has also guested with the impressive folk-rock outfit “Hand Like a Foot”. Aoife was honoured to perform at the International Shinty/Hurling Festival held in Scotland in November with the Guth na nGael Initiative.
Lorna has published three children’s books. She went on to publish Roxanne and Omya in 2013 at the age of 16. Lorna also illustrates her own books. The books are an ongoing series for 6-8 year olds, sold for €6 each. These can be purchased in Keegan’s in Carrickmacross or Eason’s in Monaghan, Cavan and Mullingar. They are also available in Carrickmacross, Monaghan and Clones libraries. On 3rd of March, Lorna won an award in the senior category of the enterprise awards (Cavan and Monaghan) and has also received acknowledgements from Noel Curran and Ryan Tubridy of RTE. Lorna plans to continue writing more of her children’s series and is currently in the planning stages of writing a novel or two for teenagers. Lorna intends to study graphic design in college.