Donal McEnroe is mostly self-taught in Art, Photography, and Computer Graphics; but he has also attended film making courses at Film Base, bronze casting and sculpture classes in NCAD and other venues. His original artworks have been exhibited with Monaghan Arts Group, Society of Graphic Artists in Ireland, and Octacon.
Donal has also exhibited photos at a number of venues including: Monaghan Camera Club, Dublin Camera Club, and the Photographic Society of Ireland. He has also had two solo (documentary) photo exhibitions in Monaghan Co Museum and one in Clones County Library.
Donal’s Photographs have been published in countless books, magazines, newspapers, and on TV. He is a founding member of Monaghan Camera Club, and has received many local and national photographic awards, including a Licentiate with the Irish Photographic Federation. With his documentary projects coming to an end in December, Donal has plans to self publish a selection of his photos in 2016.
Ballybay man Stephen Duffy has always had a keen interest in quizzes. So much so that he has been quiz master at many different charity quizzes over the past number of years. All of this immersion in trivia fuelled Stephen’s passion and thirst for knowledge. He decided to go one step further and set about publishing a self-funded family based quiz book ‘Quizzing around the Christmas Tree ‘. The book contains over 1000 questions on all sorts of subjects was launched earlier this month and has been hopping off the shelves ever since. Stephen’s drive to produce the book was also as a result of many parents saying how good it would be to have more interaction with their children ’of all ages’ that does not involve screens and technology. Stephen will be telling some of his story on 25th November and will also be testing the network audience’s knowledge on all things artsy. Promises to be lots of good old fashioned FUN!
Tragic Bride of 1916’ Play excerpt
‘Tragic Bride of 1916’ by Carrickmacross native Bernie Connolly.
Written originally for the 90th anniversary of 1916, this play was performed in Inniskeen and Carrickmacross and was very warmly received by those who went to see it. Now, 10 years on and on the cusp of the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, ‘Tragic Bride of 1916’ is back re-vamped and with a cast comprised of new talent mixed in with some of the original cast. The playwright and director, Bernie Connolly, will give attendees a glimpse into this theatrical gem showing the first scene. Be warned, once you see this you are going to want to go and see the play in its entirety. A full schedule of performances will be on in the new year (Feb/March 2016) throughout Monaghan and some surrounding counties (dates/venues to be confirmed).
Seamie Deeney hails from the Pound Hill in Monaghan Town. He plays the guitar a bit, and sings a bit, and the odd time writes a song. Seamie previously played with the successful traditional / folk band ” Reel to Reel”. Seamie has an eclectic interest in music ranging from traditional, folk, blues to cajun, rock and classical. He is interested in the relationship between the lyric and the melody and the resultant communication percept. Seamie cites Leadbelly, Robbie Robertson, John Prine, Bruce Springsteen, Dick Gaughan, Mickey Mc Connell, and Steve Earle as his main influences. He welcomes the opportunity to share some of the music that has influenced him.