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Shane Deane Head Chef Celtic Ross Hotel – where a warm West Cork welcome awaits!
Celtic Ross Head Chef Shane tells us of C.R.A.F.T. (Celtic Ross Artisan Food Truck)
The ‘Celtic Ross Artisan Food Truck’ – C.R.A.F.T – West Cork – is a permanent fixture on the terrace of the Celtic Ross Hotel. Serving vibrant West Cork street food CRAFT offers you the opportunity to sample their passion for local produce and enjoy a cup or two of Stone Valley’s celebrated coffee, brewed using beans freshly roasted in nearby Clonakilty. The team at the family-owned Celtic Ross are avid supporters of all things local and up to 35 local food and beverage producers are showcased on the menus of CRAFT West Cork and in the hotel itself.
Tue in to RedFM’s Breakfast show this week for the chance to ‘Taste the Real West Cork’ by winning a two-night stay for two at the Celtic Ross Hotel Rosscarbery including dinner on an evening of your choice the Kingfisher Bar and Bistro, recently awarded with an AA rosette in culinary excellence.
Cork Singer-Songwriter Rebecca Houlihan
“Voices” from Cork singer songwriter Rebecca Houlihan
Rebecca has been singing all her life but it was while in Australia performing in a number of bands that her career began.
Through networking online Rebecca became acquainted with Kevin Sunray where he reached out with instrumental tracks and Rebecca then came up with the perfect accompaniment to one of his tracks which then became known as voices.Which tells the story of a women crying out in pain to a man that can’t hear her anymore because he is listening to other voices.
There is also a music video to go with the song which was shot with the assistance of Jarek Sowinski of JS productions outside Fountainstown beach.
Check out the video for voices and more of Rebecca’s music at: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaHoulihanMusician/
Danielle McLaughlin of Fiction at the Friary
The 17th Cork World Book Fest runs from Tues 20th – Sun 25th
Hosted by award winning writers Danielle McLaughlin and Madeleine D’Arcy, Fiction at the Friary is a free monthly event in the Friary Bar (currently online). On the 25th they host an event called “The Secret Life of Book Bloggers” at 3 o’clock as part of the Cork World Book Fest. The festival, which turns 17 this year, runs from Tuesday 20th to Sunday 25th April and incorporates UNECSCO World Book Day on April 23rd. This year will see writers from Australia, Latin America, Ireland and Northern Ireland read from their work in events taking place online. The programme also includes events with partners UCC and, for the first time, Nano Nagle Place and Fiction at the Friary in bringing writers and readers together.
The Fest is a participative, inclusive event, connecting readers with established and emerging Irish and international authors. It also caters for all age groups with Teen Day coming back on Wednesday 21st April, which includes authors Louise O’Neill and Shane Hegarty as well as the launch of the popular Graphic Novel Project. There will also be discussions on children’s books from around the world, and on the role of literature in climate change. Languages featured during the fest include Spanish, Galician, Catalan, Basque, Latvian, German, Chinese, Indonesian, Irish and Hebrew.
Alan Dalton - Notes to Cork Purple Campaign
Remember your loved ones battle with cancer through the ‘Notes 4 Cork ARC’ Campaign
Alan Dalton of Notes to Cork, with whom RedFM partnered on the ‘Love Notes to Cork’ and ‘Love Notes to Mum’ campaigns, here talks of a new campaign called Notes for Cork ARC, a campaign dedicated to the memory of Alan’s late Aunt Breda who passed from cancer in 2019. The mission is to turn Cork purple whilst also raising money for cancer and remembering loved ones who are no longer with us. It’s an installation of over 200 posters across the City and suburbs.
Donations gratefully received and you can leave a message in memory of a loved one who sadly passed away or perhaps overcame cancer on a billboard by donating upwards of €20. All donations to Cork ARC Cancer Support House.
To support this worthy cause visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/notes-4-cork-arc
Ciaran Cullinane Cycling Cobh to Belfast in aid of Breaking the Silence
East Cork trio to cycle the distance between Cobh and Belfast to raise funds for Cork suicide prevention charity
Jack Wyse, Kyle Langford and Ciaran Cullinane are taking part in a one month challenge in aid of Breaking the Silence, charity based in Cobh but serving Cork and beyond. The trio will cycle over 430KM, the equivalent of cycling from Cobh to Belfast, while also completing a sea swimming challenge at the same time.
The one month challenge will commence on Monday April 5th 2021. The challenge consists of a 30KM cycle on one day and a swim on the next, consecutively for the month, while raising money along the way.
Breaking The Silence are a voluntary group who provide FREE Suicide Intervention & Prevention training to communities across Cork and beyond. Their mission is to help “Create a Suicide Safer Community by connecting the person at risk of Suicide with life preserving resources”.
An iDonate page has been set up and donations can be made by clicking www.idonate.ie/cycle4bts
Gavin McEntee Director of The Broken Crow Theatre company
Sample some of the ‘Play it by Ear’ programme of audio shows recorded as live from Everyman Theatre Cork
Broken Crow have had a residency at the Everyman Theatre for the last couple of years, at present they are working on the “Play It by Ear” series which is a number of audio dramas such as Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara which Gavin helped produce recently.
There are a number of shows in the series being live streamed from the stage in the Everyman Theatre, if you are interested in checking any future productions visit:
Tristan O'Donovan musician from Kealkill in West Cork
18 year old West Cork musician Tristan O’Donovan tells us of his catchy new single “Bottle O’ Red”
Eighteen-year-old Corkman Tristan O’Donovan’s “Bottle O’Red” is a sunny reggae-tinged track with rock and R&B notes. A cheeky and full-bodied debut single, it has already racked up thousands of hits on Spotify and for its music video on YouTube.
“It was pure chance,” Tristan explains, humbly. “Last year, me and my friend Daniel Duffy started making music in my stepdad’s mobile home in Kealkill. This song is about a girl I never got the chance to have a second date with, due to the lockdown. I uploaded it to Spotify, and then I forgot about it to be honest!” Lucas Skannel, a blacksmith shared it on his popular Facebook page, Colla Forge, after which interest exploded, unbeknownst to Tristan.
‘Bottle O’Red’ is a swaggering and confident track. Tristan’s vocals sail assertively above rhythmic guitar slashes and a bright drum beat. Hard to place in terms of genre, his sound borrows from the spirit of Bob Marley’s output as much as it does from the surf-rock stylings of Ocean Alley, with perhaps a pinch of the lovable cheekiness of Anderson Paak. Tristan O’Donovan began playing guitar at the age of the 12, after his father died, popular local musician Tony O’Donovan. In 2020, he dropped out of the Leaving Cert to focus fully on music, producing songs in his stepfather’s mobile home in Kealkill, in West Cork. ‘Bottle O’Red’ was produced, mixed and mastered there, with his long-time friend and collaborator, Daniel Duffy.
To hear more of Tristin’s music visit: https://www.tristanodonovan.com/
Kieran O'Donovan Focus Ireland Service User
Join RedFM & Cork City FC & support the ‘virtual’ Big Rebel Sleep Out for Focus Ireland April 24th
5 years into recovery Kieran chats about how Focus Ireland is still a massive support to him, this comes about after 19 months of treatment in a residential facility. He also talks about how now more than ever homelessness is on the rise as a result of the pandemic. Focus Ireland have helped give Kieran a purpose and routine in life again.
On the 24th of April Focus Ireland want you to do the virtual Big Rebel Sleep Out.
To support or take part visit: https://www.focusireland.ie/
Rachel Gleeson, Corcadorca Theatre Company’s new Company Manager
Corcadorca Theatre Company: Ireland’s Site-Specific Theatre Specialists
Rachel Gleeson announced as the new company manager at Corcadorca Theatre Company.
Rachel worked as an actor for 15 years, performing on the main stages across the country as well as abroad on international tours. She holds a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies from Trinity College, a Law Degree from The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and an MA in Arts Management & Creative Producing from UCC. Rachel has been working as Assistant Producer at Corcadorca since July 2020.
Rachel: “I am thrilled to be embarking upon this new chapter with Corcadorca; a company that not only has stood at the heart of civic celebration in Cork for 30 years, but is also one of Ireland’s leading producers of off-site theatre. In taking on this role, I hope to bring fresh eyes, new perspectives and a renewed dedication to supporting new work and emerging artists. I want to thank the board for putting their trust in me to take on this legacy and greatly look forward to rolling out our exciting plans for this year and beyond, alongside Pat Kiernan.”
If you would like more information on Corcadorca email: email@example.com
Asha Woodhouse newly elected UCC student union president
Asha Woodhouse on being elected UCC Student Union and being the first female president in 18 years
Asha saw off 2 of her male competitors to become the first female student union president in 18 years, picking up 53 % of first preference votes.
Just after competing her undergraduate in Environmental Science Asha is now doing a masters in environmental law. She is using what she learnt from her time as a student to put back into focusing on sustainability in her term as president. Also discussed is how important the college experience is from a social point of view and how she is looking forward to a day when on campus learning can go ahead again.
Jack O'Regan of the ‘West Talk’ Insta Page
West Talk Insta page fundraiser for Lisheen House mental health support service in West Cork
Set up by local West Cork man Jack O’Regan West Talk is an Instagram page that promotes West Cork business and recently he ran a socially distanced fundraising initiative for Lisheen House in Skibbereen, who provide support to those who are struggling with mental health.
Since starting West Talk I’ve wanted to find a way of using the page to give back to the community. I have set up a fundraiser in aid of @lisheenshouse
Lisheen House provides support to people who are struggling with their mental health or who are in crisis. It’s a great charity that offers a lot of services such as support, training and counselling. They also have a “Phone a friend” service for the elderly people in the area who are experiencing loneliness.
For more information on Lisheen House visit: https://lisheenshouse.ie/tag/lisheens-house/
Niamh Murphy on Cork Businesses Association President's Dinner At Home highlighting Corks Food Culture
Cork Business Association Presidents Dinner At Home – A Cork Food Collaboration
An exceptional evening of celebration, awards, great food, light entertainment and networking, and panel discussions with business and civic leaders, has been planned for the President’s Dinner At Home and Cork Business of the Year Awards, which takes place virtually this year on April 17. The dinner is always a stunning showcase of Cork produce, and this year will be no different. Attendees will enjoy a Taste of the City at Home culinary experience, which is a collaboration between Cork’s top hotel chefs and well-known Nash19 owner and past CBA President, Claire Nash. Claire, who has been a leading organiser in Cork’s famous Long Table Dinner over the past few years, says “the quality of the food will be on a par with the Long Table and will showcase our favourite local producers and the extraordinary talent of local chefs who are pushing the boundaries with their food.” The Cork Business of the Year Awards will also be presented on the evening. The finalists were announced last week and 7000 public votes have already been received. Voting is open on CBAAwards.ie for the remainder of the month. The chefs involved in the food experience are from the Metropole, the Imperial, the Cork International, the Kingsley, Nash19, and Vienna Woods. The Cork Business Association is encouraging everyone to dress up on the night and to share their experience on Twitter. They will be linking into people’s homes via social media and there’ll be plenty of prizes for the best dressed, the best presented meal, and the best tweet!” The charity partner is Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, and the awards and event are sponsored by JCD, Centra, Peninsula, and The Irish Examiner is the media partner. Tickets are priced at €95 per person (€190 for the dinner for 2) and are on a first come first served basis. To book or for more information see CBAAwards.ie, contact (021) 427 8295 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you would like to cast your vote visit: https://cbaawards.ie/
Lor & Michelle (Keating & Barry) ‘My Tribe – Indie’ TV Contributors
‘My Tribe – Mo Threibh’ Indie episode features Indie/Cure Heads Lor & Michelle – available to view on RTE Player
Having featured on the Indie episode of the series my tribe which looks into the various music scenes in Ireland in the past and present. They talk about being Cureheads and the tattoo they got of the band to literally mark the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the last time they had seen them live. Other Cork contributors to this series include Michelle Ring (Dance) and RedFM’s Stevie G (Hip Hop).
Aside from this they also chat about how they became friends and shared a love of the same music.
Watch this production by mind the gap now at : https://www.rte.ie/player/series/my-tribe-mo-threibh/SI0000008291?epguid=IP000066495
Eddie Kiely talks all things FIFA Records and Emperor of Ice Cream
Cork band Emperor of Ice Cream new single Puerile
Since Emperor of Ice Cream announced their return from a twenty-five-year hiatus in May 2020 and with the release of their long-awaited debut album ‘No Sound Ever Dies’ last August, they have embarked on a chapter that very few, if any, expected would be written. The acclaimed debut long player entered the official Irish album charts upon release while also taking the No.1 spot in the indie album charts. Due to the wide acclaim for the album and the associated singles the band have not only appeased their long-established cult following but have garnered a new legion of supporters around the globe, which in turn has created a renewed demand for the bands back catalogue.
April 16th will see Emperor of Ice Cream release ‘The EP Collection 93-94’ a compilation of their three extremely well-received EPs (Overflow, William and Know Me) which unless you were lucky enough to pick up a physical copy back in the pre digital 90’s, were no longer available. Puerile will be the 2nd single released from the forthcoming compilation album following on from Overflow earlier this year. It was recorded at Protocol Studios London with Swedish producer Adam Kviman at the controls and is a three-minute indie guitar track that once again displays the Emperors trademark compulsive rhythms, creative chord choices and frontman John Haggis’ gift for melody. ‘Puerile’ will be available on all platforms from Mar 26th. The EP collection 93-94 can be pre-ordered now via Bandcamp and is available as a digital download and a limited-edition cd.
To find out more about Fifa records and Emperor of Ice Cream visit:
Cork Comedian Sinéad Quinlan – Winner of Stand Up & Be Funny
Comedy Quizzes at Home with with Sinéad Quinlan
Cork’s rapidly rising comedy star and face from the telly (RTÉ’s The Den/Ray D’Arcy Show/Seriously Sinead?/Winner of Stand Up & Be Funny) is on a mission to keep people laughing while they #StayHome. Sinéad has been bringing laughs (and even some knowledge) to comedy fans at home through her private virtual quizzes – which are now available for bookings. Just because we’re in lockdown doesn’t mean we can’t have the craic & cans together (but apart).
These interactive comedy quizzes are produced by WOMP Events, a Galway-based digital events firm which was formed during the first lockdown of 2020. Full information and booking via wompevents.com.
Find Sinéad Quinlan on Insta @sineadquinlan_
Zoe Tiburzi Mallow U16 Basketballer
Mallow U16’s are dribbling all the way from Mallow to the National Basketball arena in Tallaght…all without leaving their home’s
This weekend Zoey and her teammate’s are carrying out a socially distanced dribbleathon in aid of Mallow Search & Rescue. The total distance from Mallow to the national basketball arena in Tallaght is 210 KM and, whilst remaining in their own back garden’s, they’ll dribble 10K each and would really appreciate your support.
We wish the girls and their coach Niall O’Connell the best of luck Saturday
If you would like to donate to this fundraiser visit: https://ie.gofundme.com/f/u16-dribblethon-fundraiser
Dylan Howe from Cork band - Rowan
Cork band Rowan on signing with Beverly Martel and releasing a new album and EP
After releasing an EP at the end of 2020 Rowan made traction on Spotify, as a result of this success Beverly Martel a U.S. record label approached them looking to sign them for an EP and album, which will help the band gain international recognition.
Rowan is made up of : Fionn Hennessy-Hayes on drums and Kevin Herron on Guitar and Dylan Howe on Vocals.
To hear more of the bands music visit:
Michelle Ring – Ex of legendary Union Quay bar The Donkey's Ears
Featured in RTE show ‘My Tribe – Dance’ available on the player
The Donkey’s Ears was located on Union Quay just across from Cork City Hall. Starting as a pub with a morning licence they could see that there was something special happening in relation to the dance music scene in Cork in the late 80s/early 90s so they wanted in on the action and got Michelle’s brother Mark (Donkeyman) to DJ reggae music in the pub and it became the pre-Sir Henry’s spot to go to.
Also featuring on the series is a number of Corkonians including: An Indie episode with Lauren Michelle, Stevie G, Aoife Nic Canna and Ray Cuddihy talking Hip Hop .
Other topics Michelle discussed was the lasting friendship’s that she developed as a result of Sir Henry’s as well as the atmosphere and unity at the time.
Watch on playback at: My Tribe – Mo Threibh – RTÉ Player (rte.ie)
London-based classically trained Cork singer songwriter Braynin
‘Too Late’ the first of four singles from Cork’s Braynin
Inspired by fleeting love amidst the chaos of lockdown, the Irish wordsmith paints the scene of being friend-zoned on his rooftop, comparing an unnamed lover to the stunning views of London at sunset from his lofty bedroom studio; “city sunset glittering red – how could I have ever impressed you?” Bold brass, luscious smooth strings, and mellow melodic wind textures, subtly create an orchestral bed of sound on which his gritty sparkling vocals sit. This impressive pop production comes as no surprise as Braynin draws from his extensive musical upbringing, clearly hinting at the world-class musical education he received at the renowned Yehudi Menuhin School. Having been awarded a scholarship, he left his home in Cork- Ireland at a young age to study violin and piano at the London-based specialist music school.
Braynin’s debut single introduces him as a new artist, but this is certainly not his first rodeo. The gifted prodigy amassed 100 million streams as a songwriter/producer during 2020 alone, writing and producing for the likes of global DJ Imanbek and Darkroom/Interscope’s newest signee, Cian Ducrot. The multi-instrumentalist has single-handedly written, produced, mix-mastered, and performed the song, showcasing Braynin’s mastery of his craft; a definite artist to watch. “Too Late” is the first of four songs Braynin has lined up for 2021.
BRAYNIN ON WRITING “TOO LATE” :
“To be honest this is one of the first songs I wrote truly from the heart. Quite frankly, it came together so effortlessly I was speechless. I fell madly for this girl, and after being friend-zoned, I wrote this song. I wanted to impress her, hoping she would change her mind, and I think it worked! Definitely more love songs coming soon, that’s for sure.”
Corina Gough of Geary's Bar in Charleville
What’s your most memorable Irish Pub experience? #thebestofthepub
Having already booked acts to perform in the Pub for when lockdown ends Corina is really looking forward to that day.
Although Pubs are closed Guinness and Diageo have an initiative called raising the bar, where you can use the hashtag #bestofthepub in order to tell your stories about how central the Pubs are to Irish society. Be it meeting someone famous, Catchphrases from your favourite bartender or Celebrating winning a Match with your team.
Corina shares some of her stories such as Charleville winning the Club championship as a well as having Coronas perform live on Arthur’s Day in 2012.
Billy O'Callaghan Barrack Street Band
The Barrack Street Band (or ‘Barracka’) have been part of the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade every year since 1889
The Barrack Street Band have been part of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork City every year since 1889 with the exception of 2011 when they were in Savannah, Georgia leading the out their St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The band hope to get back to practice as soon as possible as there is no practice going on at the moment, aside from those younger members of the band who are getting lessons online in partnership with Music Generation Cork.
To look back at the Barrack Street Band’s contribution to the Cork Parades of the past visit: https://www.facebook.com/DeBarracka1837/videos/253484683097255/
Martin O 'Driscoll Chairman of Blood Bike South
Blood Bike South provides a vital out-of-hours medical delivery service for Cork
Blood Bike South is a voluntary out of hours Motorcycle and Car courier service which helps with the transportation of Blood as well other medical materials to and from Hospitals and other Medical facilities.
The origins of Blood Bike can be dated back to London in 1969, then in 2012 Ireland decided to follow suit with setting up 3 different groups: Blood Bike East, Blood Bike West and Blood Bike South.
Normally the ones to lead out the St Patrick’s Day parade which in turn helped them gain awareness of the service they provide, however without this year’s parade and in these challenging times for a lot of charities they would be greatly appreciative of your donations.
To help with the continued running of these services visit: https://www.bloodbikesouth.ie/
Sophie from Ballycotton Duo Kudos
Sisters Sophie & Laura O’Keeffe on new Kudos single
The new single from the girls ‘Molly’ is about loving someone who is struggling with addiction, it also addresses the risks and dangers involved with substance abuse.
If you would like to hear more music by Kudos visit:
Singer Lisa Lambe on the IMBOLC Project
IMBOLC: a special celebration of contemporary Irish female artists on the RTÉ Player
IMBOLC was the ancient Celtic festival in honour of the pagan goddess Brigid, who was evoked in fertility rites and oversaw poetry, crafts and prophecy and a very special celebration of contemporary Irish female artists featuring Erica Cody, Emma Langford, Síomha, Ciara Meade, Dea Matrona, Wyvern Lingo and Lisa Lambe is on the RTE player now.
After multiple reschedules and having evolved with the levels from socially distanced live shows to a full broadcast recording, IMBOLC performances were filmed on the shores of Lough Derg at Birdhill and GarryKennedy in early February this year and was part-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media from the Live Performance Support Scheme.
Over 64 artists and crew worked on the show to present an all-female line up hosted by Maykay in honour of the original female goddess generating 141 days of work.
IMBOLC is a celebration of the pagan period of a rebirth following the dark which began on the 1st February, St. Brigid’s Day.
Speaking about this special event artist Erica Cody said, “We have come so far, endured so much, but we have conquered even more. To me, being a woman is celebrating what we have overcome and what we continue to build and achieve, not only today but every day. To spread love and acknowledge our struggles to ALL our sisters”
Joining Erica at the event, Emma Langford comments, “More than ever before I feel a connection to the pagan festival of Imbolc this year – a time to burst from the bud, to step out of the darkness of winter and into the Spring, to take ownership of the space around us and draw energy from nature. Ireland needs as much light as it can get right now.”.
Tania Pantoja Director of AMDIE Mexico
Regular features of Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade AMDIE invite you to learn Mexican dancing online
From Mexico City Tania says she loves the peace and tranquility of Ireland and more particularly Cork. AMDIE is a group based in Cork that was formed in 2014 to let people enjoy Mexican traditional dance and music. AMDIE are a wide varying community from different diverse cultures who come together to learn Latin American Choreography. This group is open to everyone with interest in dance. You don’t need previous dance experience. amdie.org
If you are looking for an exciting new class to join visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MEXICANDANCEIRELAND/posts/
Soulé - Musician/Singer songwriter
Soulé on her role in this years online Saint Patrick’s Festival fun
Soulé is one of Ireland’s freshest young voices at the forefront of the new wave of Irish pop, boasting an impressive back catalogue in a relatively short space of time. For St Patrick’s Festival 2021, in response to the festival’s audio-visual SOLAS concept, Soulé will be pulling out all the stops to treat us to an incredible live performance bursting with colour, light, dance and theatre. In an SPF exclusive, composed of mostly brand new and yet to be heard music it also tells her personal story of love and life through expertly crafted styling and choreography alongside world class set and lighting design. Filmed at the all new home of the Complex, one of Dublin’s key creative, arts and performance spaces Soulé’s show will be the ultimate showcase of what Irish pop looks and sounds like in 2021. Her SPF show will be a one off chance to catch her perform her new music, with official releases due from early summer on via Diffusion Lab.
Solas x Soulé is commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival and supported by TikTok.
To watch her performance visit: https://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/soule-live-the-complex
Paddy McMahon Nurse/Humanitarian
Donate to Mothers First now by texting Mother to 50300
Whist in Varanasi in India Paddy saw a child dying of malnutrition. Off the back of that he set up a charity called ‘Mother’s First’ with the aim of helping malnourished pregnant mothers and children in Varanasi.
Recently he conducted a ‘Barefoot Paddy’ walk, which was to mark an event that happened in 1850 during the famine when 124 starving people set off from Tracton to the workhouse in Kinsale. This was to draw parallels with what happened then to now. As a result of the pandemic the are now 135 million people who are now into severe food insecurity. The reason it is being brought to your attention on international woman’s day is because women are disproportionately affected by every bad thing that happens.
They are Currently in a financial crisis because of being unable to carry out any fundraising. So they are now asking the public to consider texting Mother to 50300 which will then donate €4 to the charity which will have provide food for malnourished mothers for 2 weeks.
If you would like to donate to mother’s first visit: https://mothersfirst.net/contact-us/
Eoin Hennessy - East Cork Music Collective
New East Cork Music Collective Charity Cover of David Bowie’s Heroes in aid of Blood Bike South
The music collective is back raising funds for a worthy cause the frontline workers of Blood Bike South, following up from their previous cover of what’s up by 4 non blondes with David Bowie’s Heroes.
The collective features musicians playing instruments that include: Guitars,Drums,Bass,Slide Guitar,Keyboards and of course vocals from fantastic Cork singers.
The line up of the collective includes: David Dots Tobin, David Quirke, Stephen Balvin, Dan Murphy, Jamie Stanton, Brian O’ Glanby, Leah Ahern, Wayne Mc Sweeney, Ryan Mc Sweeney, Steve Leahy, Mo O’Connor, Sinéad McCarthy, Ruairi De Leastar, Sean Carroll and of course Eoin Hennessy.
It was mastered by Jamie Stanton an mixed by Dan Murphy.
To hear more from East Cork Music collective visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHt7t2IV6hOv-E5AK0NUJFw
Or watch the video for Heroes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcXfdJgHxXo
Alan Finn Band leader of Shandrum Ceili Band
Watch The Shandrum Ceili band on Saint Patrick’s Festival TV March 12th to 17th
Alan from Buttevant is band leader with Shandrum Céili band operating from North Cork. Resurrected in 2015 as part of the All Ireland competition, Alan suggested that they use the name that the original band would have used, he then got the go ahead from Michael O’ Mahony the old band leader.
The band will be given the opportunity to perform on St. Patrick’s Day with the scenic backdrop of Doneraile Estate. While Cian Broderick a Rockchapel native will be given the honour of doing Sean-nós dancing with the band on the day.
Pre recorded in the spacious setting with a 15 minute set of Reels and slides which are local to the Area, with the help of Videographer Cal O’Callaghan.
Watch the Band’s performance from the comfort of your own home: https://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/
Jon Hynes Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre
7 year old west Cork hero Michael Walsh’s role in a dramatic Dunworley Beach rescue
17 year old Michael Walsh is a student at Clonakilty Community College, who took part in the Young Mariner programme at Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre.
Whilst out for a walk with his mother at a deserted Dunworley beach. Or at least what appeared to be deserted, until they came across a Towel, Keys and Phone. Thinking it was suspicious Michael climbed up high to try and get a better view of the surrounding area when he heard the faint cry of a Lady trapped in a sea arch under a blow hole.
When hearing that the Lady was struggling his training from the Young Mariner programme instinctively kicked in ,he asked his Mother to call 911 and he went up to get a buoyancy aid and a throw rope after first establishing contact with the Lady in trouble. He kept calm while buying her time until the Coastal Cliff rescue services arrived, along with a helicopter and the RNLI all reaching the scene within 15 minutes.
Well done to Michael, The Paramedics, Coastal Rescue and Courmacsherry Lifeboat service headed up by Coxswain Sean O Farrell, Mechanic Stuart Russell and crewmembers Mark Gannon, Peter Nunan and Sean Maxwell.
Bill Maybury – Singer/Songwriter to the stars
Ballineen man Bill Maybury on writing hit songs for Ryan Mack and more
After leaving school Bill went to Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and later did a BA in CIT Cork School of Music.
Whilst Stateside in Martha’s Vineyard he met a lawer who encouraged him to make the move to LA and even gave him a spin to LA in his Jet. Then when he moved to LA he put up an instagram post looking for somewhere to stay and Ryan O’Shaughnessy guided him in the direction of both a manager and accommodation.
This then led to an internship with Crush music management. Who represent such high profile names such as :Sia,Lorde,Fall Out Boy and Green Day.
In the coming months Bill has written with and for: Tim Chadwick,Cian Ducrot and Lenii.
Baxter Robot of Cork Band - Happy Alone
Happy Alone new single “Lets Run Away” a deliberate 90’s grungy throwback
Chatting about the band’s love for grunge and the fact that they weren’t old enough to see Nirvana play Sir Henry’s.
Happy Alone is made up of: Baxter, Slee and Jay.
To hear more of the band’s music visit: https://www.facebook.com/happyalonehappy/
Aoife Ahern Tour/Event Manager to the stars
Blackrock girl Aoife has worked with everyone from Madonna to Prince to Daft Punk
Aoife was a tour manager to such artists as; Mumford and Sons, Tame Impala and former first lady Michelle Obama. Other artists that Aoife would have formed relationships with from working with MCD would be; Madonna, Prince, Jay Z, Beyonce, Arcade Fire and Daft Punk.
Like all good stories Aoife’s career as a tour manager started in Cork, where she was involved in a Hip Hop night with Fresh and Funky.
Following this she went to Dublin and became acquainted with a promoter called Gilly Robertson who was involved with the Notting Hill carnival and Fresh and Funky in London and he asked her to set up an event in Dublin at a club called HQ. This then became Spirit where Aoife sold out student nights to over 2,500 people for 5 years on a weekly basis. After this she started working for MCD promotions.
West Cork Singer Songwriter Mide Houilihan
Mide Houilhan on life under lockdown & new song ‘Without Me,’ which fits these times perfectly
Míde who was working in a Pub and as a musician in her spare time now has plenty of time on her hands to focus on her music, as a result of having time to dwell on her thoughts more she was able to generate more ideas. Her song ‘Without Me’ which was written before lockdown is even more relevant now as it’s about missing someone you haven’t seen in a while.
With the help of Unemployable Records’ Paul and Mick as well Christian Best the new EP ‘Shifting Gears’ was recorded in Monique Studios in Cork.
If you would like to hear more music from Míde visit: https://soundcloud.com/midehoulihanmusic
Jennifer Corcoran Refill Ireland on Hydration Hub Comp
Refill Ireland want to award the title of ´Cork’s First hydration hub´
Jennifer is a Coordinator for Refill Ireland which is a Cork based company. Founded by Gary Fitzpatrick who is also the lead coordinator. They have now set up a competition for a Cork business to win the title of Cork’s First hydration hub. In order to win the title the business would need to be green and considerate of the environment. The winner will receive a contactless water dispenser to the value of €2000 as well as being added to Refill Ireland’s national tap map. Which will allow the public free access to drinking water in Cork City, with the aim of getting rid of as much single use plastic as possible.
There’s now a number of these taps throughout the county with thanks to Cork City Council and Refill Ireland. In such locations as: Douglas Park, Fitzgerald’s Park, Bishopstown, Ballincollig as well as Terry O’Sullivan and Tramore Valley Park as well as 1,500 areas around the country
If you would like to save yourself from being out of pocket from buying another bottle of water as well as saving the environment visit: https://refill.ie/tap-map/
To enter your business in the running to win a Contactless Water dispenser visit: https://refill.ie/win/
Artistic Director Cork Circus Factory Cormac Mohally (Lords of Strut)
Cork Circus Factory Online Zoom Classes
Cormac tells us about how Cork Circus Factory have received funding from the Arts Council. The Circus Factory is located in a warehouse down by the marina and has equipment such as a trapeze and stilts, tight wires and street performance would also come under the banner of Circus. If you fancy trying to learn to juggle via zoom Comac is now giving online classes, a skill he says teaches resilience. If you don’t have juggling balls don’t worry because there is a tutorial on their YouTube account teaching you how to make them.
There’s also a number of other classes which Cormac is giving online at :
Abbey Blake frontwoman of Mayfield’s 'Pretty Happy'
Post-punk art noise outfit ‘Pretty Happy’ release ‘Salami’
A Mayfield Art Punk/Post Punk trio: Guitarist and Vocalist Abbey Blake, Bassist Arann Blake, Drummer Andy Killian
In terms of their approach to songwriting it takes shape from the band being spontaneous and deciding afterwords what music they want to keep.
We hear the last song that the band wrote before lockdown called Salami. Which Abbey describes as her tribute to Cork, which was written after a shopping trip to Dunnes in Ballyvolane.
For more information about Pretty happy visit: https://www.prettyhappyband.com/
Violinist Brendan Garde from Blackrock
Cork School of Music ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ Brendan Garde on free Cork Orchestral Concert Series
Working as a freelance professional musician since completing his masters two years ago, Brendan has been playing the Violin since the age of 7 and began to take it very very seriously from age 16.
This Saturday (20/02) at 6 PM Brendan on violin accompanied by Gary Beecher on piano will stream an ‘as live’ recorded concert from The Curtis Auditorium. It is the 2nd in a six part series by Cork Orchestral society.
They will be playing works by composers such as Mozart, Brahms and Chopin.
To view this free event visit: http://www.corkorchestralsociety.ie/programme/
Cork’s Lenii on making beats in NYC & new track ‘White Lie’
Inspired by Stevie G & an early love of Old Skool Hip-Hop, Ellen Murphy from College Road dreamt of being a music producer. Aged just 15 she scored a transition year place at a music college in New York called Dubspot. From there she got into DJing. Lenii returned to Cork to finish school and began studying psychology in UCC but went back to Dubspot for a tech internship and there crossed paths with her now ex-manager TJ Marsé who encouraged her to use her voice and she hasn’t stopped since…
To hear more about Lenii visit: https://www.leniimusic.com/
Kieran Connolly Local Historian
New ‘Cork History Matters’ podcast on Skellig Night – Ireland’s answer to Mardi Gras – and Bonna Night traditions available now on RedExtra.ie
Having already discussed Cork’s GAA Holy Trintiy of Croke, MacCarthy and Maguire, Dunmanway man Kieran Connolly is back with the fascinating story of Skellig night, Ireland’s ancient answer to Mardi Gras or Carnival, a Shrove Tuesday tradition.
Discussed is the podcast is a painting of Skellig night by James Beale which is on display in the Crawford Art Gallery. It takes in the view of the Grand Parade in 1845.
The idea behind Skellig Night is to shame those who were single, by pouring water over single women in the aim of purifying them and tying them to the nearest, Tree,Fence or Pole until they were rescued.
If you would like to listen to this podcast or any others in the series visit:
Davy Dummigan of Youth Work Ireland, Cork
Youth Work Ireland Cork have created ‘Sconce’ with the help of CETB Youth services
Youth Work Ireland Cork and Love Notes to Cork have teamed up to create hand painted billboards. Davy decided to set a challenge to those he works with through Youth work Ireland. Any of the Youngsters who had shown interest had to hand draw their own posters while communicating via either Facetime/Zoom, or would meet in small groups face to face. Where Davy would help them to develop their designs.
All the designs are in Red and White for the County Colours, the project name also has a Cork theme with the title ‘Sconce’ being Cork slang for a having a look.
This is a project which aims to inspire youth creativity and brighten up the Cork landscape with positive massaging.
Seán from Cork Brass band 'Code of Behaviour'
Cork Brass Band Code of Behaviour realease debut Live session EP ‘Dr.Suess’
The album is a play on words as the largest instrument in the band is called a sousaphone, the album features covers such as Gangstas Paradise by Coolio and Sophie Ellis- Bextor’s Murder on the dance floor. Along with an original track called ‘Ole’
Recorded last September in Kitten Lane recording studio’s with assistance from Aidan O’Mahony and a large enough space to record 2 metres apart. Which they saw as a good way of still giving the album a Live feel.
Code of Behaviour consists of: Tom O’Donovan,Brian O’Sullivan,Ben Cuffe, Darragh Johnson, Jack Mahony, Barry Shanahan, Chris Calvert and of course Seán Heary.
If you would like to listen to more of Code of Behaviour’s music visit:
Alan Dalton - 'Notes to Cork'
RedFM’s ‘Love Notes to Cork’ – Showing Cork the Love this Valentines
Alan and his business ‘Notes to Cork’ have teamed up with Cork’s Red FM in order the spread the love around Cork City in the form of billboards with you the listener’s love notes on them, as well as this you can hear them over the airwaves and see them online.
Having taken over the business after the passing of his Aunt two years ago, last year with local businesses suffering as a result of the first lockdown he saw that there was more of a need for advertising on billboards, this then turned Notes to Cork into a fully fledged business. However on the other hand Alan saw that because of lack of live events that there was a lot empty space on billboards, along with this he noted that people’s mental health was suffering so he decided to use both of those factors to try and spread some love and positivity.
Hear ‘Love Notes to Cork’ across the weekend on Cork’s Red FM and see them on billboards across the City and suburbs.
If you would like to leave a message to a loved one visit : https://www.redfm.ie/love-notes-to-cork-leave-your-message-here/?cmpredirect
Joe O'Leary of Levis' in Ballydehob
Levis’ Music venue in Ballydehob hosts Secret Song online this Valentines weekend
The 5th year in the running ‘The secret song festival’ was supposed to happen last year but for obvious reasons it didn’t go ahead. Having been crowned ‘IMRO Music Venue of the Year’ for Munster, it holds a capacity of 40 people and now it will host a number of Artists to play virtually and individually. The format it would usually take is numerous musicians varying from well established artists to less well known play and are kept a mystery until the day itself,all taking place on one day. This year however it is broken up over 2 days with 10 artists, and its available to watch online. This year the secret song festival has teamed up with a festival in Canada called ‘The Calgary Folk festival’. With the intention of each of the two festivals exchanging footage of one of the other festivals set.
The festival takes place next Weekend and tickets are available here://leviscornerhouse.bandcamp.com/merch
Cork Spoken Word Artist Junior on Douglass Week
Frederick Douglass Commemorative Week @ Nano Nagle Place
One Hundred and seventy six years ago a young African American abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, sailed from America to Ireland for a four month lecture tour. Amongst other places, he visited Cork where he spoke to a large, enthusiastic, audience. To honour his legacy, Douglass Week (February 8th to 14th) a multi-disciplinary, collaborative event has been organised, and Nano Nagle Place in Cork City will host a number of them to help strengthen his connection to the city. Paul Oakley Stovall, who played George Washington in the first national tour of Hamilton is in Cork to help celebrate Douglass Week and will visit Nano Nagle Place to join in a series of events and workshops organised in partnership with the Cork Migrant Centre. “I am particularly thrilled with the opportunity that has been presented to me to meet people like Junior and his friends and colleagues in Cork Migrant Centre and Nano Nagle Place. It was the unexpected icing on this wonderful cake.
Frederick Douglass is not only significant for black people in America, he has continued to bring people together for nearly 200 years. It’s quite exciting for me to be forming a bond with Junior and Nano Nagle Place and Cork Migrant Centre. In the end, its’s one of the more unexpected bonuses of this whole experience.” Junior, a spoken work artist and rapper from Cork, is one of those who’s mentoring young people in Nano Nagle Place. He says he is “aware that an open mind is key for a successful and progressive society, we hope that our creative baby steps will eventually become giant strides that will inspire others.
The focus on the Cork Migrant Centre is to educate and enable the youth we work with.” Junior also works to help develop structures to raise racial awareness in the Irish education system. Cork Migrant Centre and Nano Nagle Place will be hosting four events during Frederick Douglas Week: The Inspiration Series on Wednesday 10th where a panel of established artists, such as Paul Stovall, will be present, hosted by Youth Mentors, Stevie G and Raphael Olympio. Teaching Douglass and Decolonising the Curriculum on Thursday 11th , a roundtable event with Dr Naomi Masheti, Douglass’s 18th Century to 21st Century Cork which will showcase mentors from the Cork Migrant Centre speaking about their inspiration and the work they have created as part of Douglass Week and I Am Remarkable, a webinar series which will serve to highlight and promote the positive narratives of black people in Ireland.
For more information about the event visit : https://nanonagleplace.ie/nanoevents/douglass-week-curating-activism-roundtable/
Mark Slattery from Crosshaven Maxi Zoo Employee & Proud Greyhound Owner
Maxi Zoo Makes Maxi Donation to ‘Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds’
The future of a worthy animal charity which offers homes to unwanted racing greyhounds is secure thanks to a significant donation from Maxi Zoo Ireland. In a year that has pushed charities to the brink, Maxi Zoo, Ireland’s largest pet retailer, has given a critical lifeline to Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds (HUG) through its Friendship Connects campaign which was run throughout its 20 stores nationwide. HUG is a national charity that provides loving homes for the gentle giants of the canine world – greyhounds that have been bred for racing and retired young due to injury or underperformance which would otherwise be destroyed. Through Maxi Zoo’s Friendship Connects campaign, over €27,000 was raised for the charity to secure its future which was in jeopardy and allow it to purchase a new vehicle to enable more greyhounds to be rehomed and ensure the continuance of its responsible rehoming and due diligence processes for fostering. Thankfully perception has and is changing in relation to greyhounds which were unfairly thought of as ‘hard work’ rather than being excellent pets for their gentle, affectionate and friendly nature. This is why HUG was established to cater for the speciality breed, particularly those that have been bred for racing, that deserved an equal right to a new and loving home.
Maxi Zoo employee Mark Slattery from Crosshaven is himself a greyhound owner and talks about what a wonderful dog they are and how they make a great pet.
If you would like to adopt a four legged friend visit: https://homesforunwantedgreyhounds.ie/
Michael Fitzgerald of 'Some Rise Some Fall’ Collective
Funny Time of Year new ‘Some Rise Some Fall’ Collective song featuring Anna Mitchell
Micheal tells us about the collective which includes artists: John Blek, Anna Mitchell, Rowan, Kevin Herron and Marlene Enright, all of whom are great singer songwriters in their own merit. However they have now joined up with the collective on order to reinterpret songs about Love, Loss and grief. All in the name of charity. Anna’s song which was originally recorded by Beth Gibbons of Portishead and Paul Webb (Rustin Man) of Talk Talk, with all the proceeds going to Cork Simon Community. It is a song which a lot of people in these current times can identify with as it is a song about loss either from losing loved ones or struggling with the changes in daily life. It is part of the forthcoming album from the collective titled ‘No simple highway’
If you would like to support this worth while cause visit; https://www.somerisesomefall.com/
Edel Curtin Vice Chairperson of the Live Music Collective
Why Supporting our Live Music Venues is so Important
Edel Curtin of Coughlans live music venue chats about the Live Music Collective which consists of 23 live venues around around the Country with 6 in Cork and they are: Coughlans, The Crane Lane,The Kino,De Barras, Levis Corner Store,The White Horse and Connolly’s . With funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 2000 people were hired taking part in 400 shows, with over 500,000 audience members engaging digitally. Having seen how much of a success those events were the venues decided to come together and support each other by applying for the funding as one group. As they all have one goal and this is to save the live music industry. Edel feels like now more than ever it is so important to support grassroots venues. If you are looking for some virtual live gigs to watch this weekend you can catch Mick Flannery live in Ballincollig at 9 O’Clock on Saturday night, the set theatre have David Kitt at 8.30 PM, and The Spirit Store have The Strypes at 8 PM.
For more information on upcoming gigs visit :https://www.facebook.com/LiveVenueIre/
Claudia Rose Long
Cork Musician/Actor Claudia tells of her appearance in episode 4 of TG4’s ‘Scéalta Grá na hÉireann’
Cork singing star and actor Claudia Rose Long brings a modern twist to the famous Irish lament, Caoineadh Art Uí Laoghaire (Lament for Art O’Leary), in the latest episode of Scéalta Grá na hÉireann. Claudia gives a powerful performance as Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill who composed the Caoineadh over 200 years ago expressing her love and passion for Cork hero and legend, Art Ó Laoghaire. Claudia worked with Cork composer Darren Sheahan and musicologist Nóirín Ní Riain to re-imagine the ‘Caoineadh’ for a modern audience. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill was the daughter of Máire Ní Dhonnchadha Dhuibh and Dónal Mór O’Connell. Eibhlín grew up in Derrynane house in the beautiful southwest corner of Kerry. She was the aunt of The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell. Eibhlín’s mother bore 22 children with 8 daughters and 4 sons surviving. Death and lamentation were a regular part of life. Eibhlín was widowed at fifteen after marrying a much older man. At 23 she saw Art O’Laoghaire in the market square of Macroom and fell in love at first sight. Art, a Captain in the Hungarian Hussars, was an outspoken, brash young man who wore his officer’s uniform in public. He rode a fine brown mare he had brought from Austria, a silver-hilted sword at his side. The ruling protestant class did not take kindly to such behaviour from a catholic living under the penal laws in 18th century Ireland. The O’Connells saw Art as unwanted trouble. Not wishing to draw attention to themselves and their smuggling activities, they forbid the marriage. Eibhlín went against her family’s wishes and eloped with Art. They were married on December 19th 1767 and returned to live with Art’s father at Rathleigh House outside Macroom. There was a history of bad blood between Art and the Sheriff of Cork, Abraham Morris. Morris’ disgust and hatred for Art eventually led to the violent events that inspired Eibhlín Dubh to compose ‘Caoineadh Art Uí Laoghaire’.
To watch the show on playback visit: https://www.tg4.ie/en/player/play/?pid=6228071872001&title=Eibhl%C3%ADn%20Dubh%20&%20Art%20%C3%93%20Laoghaire&series=Sc%C3%A9alta%20Gr%C3%A1%20na%20h%C3%89ireann&genre=Faisneis&pcode=604369
Anna Butler Conference Director of UCC Commerce Conference
39th Annual UCC Commerce Conference happens Thursday 4th
Organised by a team made up of: Anna Butler, Rebecca O’ Mahony, Isabelle Canning, David Walsh, Eadaoin Murphy and Eoin O’ Reilly. If this is something that sparks your interest you can take a look at their online brochure where you will find out about the various speakers and as well as information about them. This year’s theme ‘changing with the times’ is about how everything is changing and how businesses need to adapt with the change. Speakers include: Anne O’Leary CEO of Vodafone Ireland, Sinead Mc Sweeney Managing director of Twitter Ireland and Cian Kelleher Managing director of KPMG Ireland.
There’s 9 speakers in total with something to inspire everyone.
For more information on how to watch this conference (at the time of streaming only) visit: https://www.ucccommerceconference.com/
Cork Musician Jack O'Rourke
We hear from Jack O’Rourke ahead of his live streamed gig at Cyprus Avenue
Jack talks up his live set which was filmed in Cyprus Avenue in Cork city. With a diverse mix of old and new songs played, along with the assistance of his band; Hugh on Guitar, Aishling on Cello and Davy on drums.
This isn’t the first time he has played live since the pandemic, he has done other voices before Christmas with Such performers as; Denise Chaila,The Mary Wallopers, John Sheehan and Eimear Quinn.
To watch Jack’s gig from Cyrus Avenue log on to the RedFM Facebook page and find it in the video section along with performances from Brian Deady, Gavin James & Moncrieff.
Singer songwriter Brian Deady
Cork’s Brian Deady Talks about his gig at Cyprus Avenue
Joining us from Spain, Brian talks to us ahead of the steaming of his Live gig at Cyrus Avenue at 8 PM. Listen to him play his acoustic songs on a brand new guitar.
We played his new single – Great Big mystery.
We also give a nodd to Alan O’Donovan of Green on Red who has been a massive supporter of Brian’s music down through the years.
Watch Brian’s gig at: https://www.facebook.com/corksredfm/videos/863977307721263/
Moncrieff, London-based Waterford Singer-Songwriter
Moncrieff chats ahead of Cyprus Avenue Winter Song Session live streaming on Facebook Sunday 31st at 8pm
Chatting from Dingle, where he’s attending a song writing boot camp with Pa Sheehy of Walking on Cars and Talos, Moncrieff discusses his recently released ‘Class of 2020’ EP and says that the lockdown has given him the perfect opportunity to put write music to suit the mood of what is happening in the world right now. This year will see him putting out music of a more personal nature on his debut album.
We hear his new track ‘America’
If you want to hear anymore of his music visit: https://www.facebook.com/MoncrieffMusic/
Feidhlim Dowling, Cork Triathlon Club
Cork Tri Club Virtual Open Night Friday 7.30 PM
The open night is happening this year on zoom at 7.30 PM. So far over 50 new members have signed up, will you be next? Here Dave talks about how Róisín Burke a journalist with Cork’s Evening Echo encouraged RedFM to enter a media team in the CTC King of The Hill mini tri at the Dock Beach Kinsale in 2019 and of how much fun it was. Aside from just the sporting aspect of the Triathlon there’s also a huge social aspect to it too. It is hoped that this year’s King of The Hill event will take place on July 24th.
For more information on how to join visit : http://www.corktri.com/club-membership/
5X Olympian Rob Heffernan
Join the Cope foundation’s campaign and walk 300,000 steps by the end of February
Rob Heffernan is encouraging you to get out and about, get fit and healthy whilst at the same time raising funds for a very worthy cause. Rob says rather than just keeping your body fit it will also keep your mind active by releasing endorphins and you will deal with negative situations better as a result. Listen to hear more great advise from a man who knows!
The funds for this project will be spent on 400 kids who are waiting for an Autism spectrum disorder assessment and 13,500 waiting for specialist intervention.
If you would like to take part or donate visit: https://www.cope-foundation.ie/februarychallenge
Neil Grant Manager of the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbarry talks of eating haggis, drinking drams and quoting Robbie Burns in a kilt
Burns Night’ Scotland’s National Day of celebration
Burns Night celebrates 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns. Every year the Celtic Ross Hotel their would host a Burns Night supper with a large gathering of 60 or 70 people. However with it being the year that it is Neil and team came up with a novel idea of putting the traditional Haggis meal in a box and selling them as ‘eat-at-home’ kits.
Singer/Songwriter K.P. Ring
Lisbon based Kevin Ring talks up single ‘Not A Hopeless Place’
KP Ring talks about his new single recorded with Darragh Nolan in Co. Wexford in Asta Kalapa Studios. Once finished he got in touch with filmmaker Brendan Canty jokingly asking would he help him with the music video, asking him if he could ‘make him famous’ as he did create Hozier’s video for Take Me To Church. He ended up hearing back from Brendan’s associate Ayla Amano who loved the song and wanted to make the video for him.
To hear more of KP’s music visit: https://www.facebook.com/K.P.RingMusic/
Ray ‘Wingnut’ Cuddihy Radio DJ/Teacher/TV Presenter (Muinteoir Ray)
Ardú Street Art Self-guided Walking Tour & Making TV for Kids
Ray from Doneraile in North Cork talks up the Ardú street art walking tour for which he is the narrator. Perfect for those within 5k of the city centre and looking for something safe and fun to do.
Each stop along the tour has background information about the artist’s who are after painting a picture in relation to the burning of Cork City. Also to add to the experience are beats by DJ Colm K.
If you are interested in the tour visit: http://arducork.ie/
David Whitla - Double bass instructor at CIT Cork School of Music
Cork Orchestral Society presents 6 free monthly online gigs starting Saturday 23rd with new ensemble ‘13 Strings’
Just after getting married Canadian David Whitla moved to Ireland to join the RTÉ National Concert Symphony Orchestra. 3 years later a job opportunity for a double bass tutor in Cork arrived and 20 years later David hasn’t looked back. Coming up in the next few months Cork Orchestral Society will be streaming online gigs. The first gig is this Saturday with ’13 strings’ with David being a member. The instruments which are part of 13 strings include: Double Bass, Violins, Violas and Cellos.
Other gigs streamed also include:
Solo Piano recitals, Wind quintet,a Piano Trio and a Trio of sopranos.
There’s no tickets required and it’s open to the public this Saturday at: http://www.corkorchestralsociety.ie/programme/
Tom Creedon on the roots of his new business
Masseytown Deli Paul Steet Cork
After having spent 13 years working as a stock broker in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong and after spending two years looking for a premises, Macroom man Tom Creedon made the brave move to open a deli in Cork city centre. Under the current circumstances the company is operating take away coffees and treats through a side hatch that opens onto French Church Street.
The deli, called Masseytown in tribute to his late father’s birthplace, Tom started off in the food industry working with Victor Murphy of O’Mahony’s in Watergrasshill and from there did a twelve week cookery course in Ballymaloe.
Make sure to pop by Tom’s store ‘Masseytown’ on Paul street, open weekdays from 10-6 pm.
Wes Dunne of Heavy Man Films
Wes talks all things Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach a series of inserts on irish creatives that can be seen on TG4
All year Creative Ireland and TG4 asked production companies to pitch; “to create visual poems”, so they set about striving to tell visual stories with flow and expression, colour, movement, speed, angles, contrast and depth.
Members of the production crew include; director, Tomek, from Poland who was getting married during production but went online to help out because he knew how special the project was,Burschi Wojnar, a multi award winning legend of a DOP (director of photography) DJ, Daithi. As a composer he is not afraid to push boundaries and that is exactly what was being sought.
Wes describes the challenges faced such as having a van break down in the middle of the night, one contributor contracted covid so they had to find a replacement and ended up having to drive 5 hours that night to get to a new location, there were a few grumpy faces that evening.
The end result.. a number of inserts with a balance between craft, art, diversity and location.
Eddie Butt (Emperor of Ice Cream) talks about new music project: Arctic Lights.
Eddie Butt & Liam O’Callaghan are Arctic Lights
Liam O’Callaghan and Eddie are releasing this project which came about on the back of Emperor of Ice Cream’s latest album last year. Having played with Liam in a band called ‘Bulkhead,’ which had some interest from record companies but disbanded because they got disillusioned by the music business, Eddie & Liam reunited 6 months ago after Liam reached out to Eddie with a song he had written and it took off from there, resulting in a 4 track EP titled Tabula Rasa which is out now.Their sound can be described as Melodic Indie pop, with catchy bass lines, distorted guitars with a blend of classic instruments.
The the lead single is titled ‘King of America ‘.
It will be made available on all streaming platforms in the next couple of weeks.
For now check out their music at the following places: https://www.facebook.com/ArcticLightsCork/
Director of Cork International Choral Festival Peter Stobart
Will you try the Choirworks challenge?
Peter is encouraging you to reach out to your colleagues to establish a work place Choir to take on the ‘Choirworks’ challenge. An online initiative from Cork International Choral Festival aimed at bringing people together from different locations around the country. Each company will be assigned a Choral conductor to teach each choir a song, as well as doing warm ups and having discussions about healthy singing which will help your body and mind. Every company will record a video with aim of hopefully entering each video into a competition as part of the Choral festival at the end of April. No previous singing experience required!
Cork International Choral Festival 2021 28th of April – May 2nd
Bring at bit of light back into yourself or your work colleagues life at:
Director Paddy O'Shea of Production Company Bo Media
Scéalta Grá na hÉireann, A Cork-made 6 part factual series on TG4
His love of film making started in when he got a taster of it in transition year, films to his credit also include ‘Tree Keeper’. Scéalta Grá na hÉireann tells the historical love stories of 6 different couples, therefore needed to be a lot of research prior to shooting.
The film explores Irish history through the prism of love including the love story of Michael Collins & Kitty Kiernan, Robert Emmet and Sarah Curran, as well as Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas.
You can catch the series Wednesday at 8.30 on TG4 or catch up on the TG4 player.
David Punch Cork singer songwriter on how he is proud to be ‘Different’
Cork Musician David Punch on turning negative experiences into the inspiration to make music
Having been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome David talks about how he struggled in the past with mental health as a result of being bullied in school. Coming from a musical family, he talks about how music has helped him express himself and about how supportive all his family were. His message is simple “we’re not different we are the same, we’re all under the stars”.
If you would like to hear more of his music visit: www.youtube.com/user/punchy365
Ursula McGrath Irish Dog Designs
Irish Dog Designs by Irish Knitwear Designer Ursula McGrath
Ursula grew up in the Ireland of the 1960s-70s with her 9 siblings on a remote farm, in County Cork, Ireland. Her mom, an industrious mother of her time, always had a pair of knitting needles close at hand. While Dog Sweaters were unheard of (who dressed their dog in the 1960s), Handmade sweaters were very popular. Ursula, being the youngest spent many nights sitting by the fire, with Rose the family sheepdog asleep at her feet watching her mom knit and often falling asleep to the “click click” sound of knitting needles.
This developed a natural passion and talent in Ursula for Irish Crafts with Handknitting being her favourite. Ursula turned her passion into a career and becoming a knitwear designer, was a dream come true. Ursula now lives in a quaint red door cottage amongst green fields and native Irish trees with her 2 dogs, Bailey and Brona and her husband and 2 sons. Having worked in the knitwear industry for many years she has now decided to realize her dream of combining her two childhood loves, Knitwear and the love of Dogs – Say hello to Irish Dog Designs
For more information visit: https://irishdogdesigns.com
Cork Musican LYRA
LYRA kicked off 2021 on RTE 1 in style performing Jackie Lomax’s ‘New Day’ live from Dublin Castle
LYRA talks about ringing in the New Year live from Dublin Castle performing her cover version of the Jackie Lomax 60’s classic ‘New Day’ and how the message of the song is one that helped her through Covid and is now generating huge momentum for her as an artist in a year in which she intends to release a debut album..
She was accompanied by 12 year old Sligo dancer Fionn McMorrow, the broadcast was all part of the Fáilte Ireland midnight moment from RTÉ one’s midnight countdown.
To look back at the video of this amazing performance visit:https://www.instagram.com/tv/CJgUqO0nMMN/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Peter Martin Artist/Art teacher
Ardú (Rise) A Street Art initiative bringing colour to the streets of the city
Peter who is an art teacher in Christian’s College and painter, feels that street art in Ireland has come a long way in the past few years in realising the potential we have and the pool of artists we have for such a small country. Ardú is a street art project Peter helped organize with Shane O’Driscoll, Deirdre Breen, MASER, James Earley, Aches and Gareth Joyce.
The festival consists of 7 murals painted over the period when the Jazz festival was set to take place.
If you can’t make it into the city don’t worry because it is available online with a guided tour thanks to: Cork City Council,Creative Ireland, Failte Ireland, Michelle Carew (Arts officer of Cork City council).
To view these wonderful pictures visit:
Stef McSherry founder of Kinderama
Kinderama: guilt free screen time for the smallies
Stef McSherry, former broadcaster and graduate of the Italia Conti School of Performing Arts in London, first launched her online Kinderama classes via Instagram and Facebook Live during the initial Covid-19 lockdown, carrying out the classes with her children by her side. Now, after months of hard work, she is ready to officially launch Kinderama Online, offering parents the option of safe – and more importantly – guilt-free screen time for their kids. “My online classes are full of music, movement and magic and are suitable for children age two and up,” commented Stef. “We filmed it all on green screen, so it looks amazing. The classes incorporate make believe adventures, energetic routines, yoga and mindfulness, action songs and games. It really is the perfect solution to creating guilt-free screen time for parents working from home or quarantining with young kids. We’re playing a waiting game when it comes to our children’s extracurricular activities, with no clue as to when they will be in a position to return safely to the things they love. In the meantime, Kinderama.com provides kids with an outlet to get active, have fun and grow in confidence – while you grab a cuppa!”
For more information visit: https://www.kinderama.com/
Lisa McLaughlin Nagle Community College Teacher
‘Lockdown’ a 2020 themed track by 5th & 6th year students of Nagle Community College Mahon
Principal Jim O’Sullivan and teachers Lisa McLaughlin and Fiona Hegarty challenged students Hakim, Donal, Olu, Kevin and Tosin to reflect on 2020 both from a personal level and in society as a whole. Such was their enthusiasm for the task the had lyrics for the track ‘lockdown’ wrote straight away. Knowing that they had something special they decided to record the song with the help of Aiden from Kitten Lane recording studio’s.
As if this wasn’t enough of an achievement they have gone and shot a music video with the help of more students Victor and Zion, using Victors drone and Zion’s camera.
Check on the music video at: https://youtu.be/6qtMoau5_Qk
Cork author Amy Cronin on debut novel
‘Blinding Lies’, the first of a crime thriller trilogy by Tracton author Amy Cronin
Ten years ago, Anna Clarke’s parents disappeared. The mystery haunts her, and she hopes her job in a busy city Garda Station will one day help her find answers.
The case of a man shot dead crosses her desk – and Anna is shocked to discover that the main suspect is her childhood friend Kate Crowley. Certain that Kate is innocent, Anna is determined to help her clear her name. But first she has to find her …
Tom Gallagher’s son David is dead, and Tom believes Kate is responsible. Now his older son John is missing – unable to grieve for one son until he finds the other, desperation can cause a man to do terrible things … Then the German Meier brothers descend on the city, intent on finding an item David had offered to sell them. Even Tom doesn’t know where it is, but he suspects Kate Crowley must have taken it.
Kate is on the run. She is trapped in the dead man’s city – can her old friend help her find a way out?
In a week where a political summit is taking place and the city is on high alert, Kate must struggle to stay hidden and stay alive. And Anna is drawn into the twisted race against time, falling deeper into danger.
Niall Cleary Artistic director of Graffiti theatre company
Manifest Your Own Christmas by Writing Your Own Christmas Story
A number of Cork schools weren’t feeling the festive spirit in the build up to Christmas, with no visits from Santa or Christmas Carol singing, so Niall and partner Julie teamed up with Fighting Words in Dublin a company headed up by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love.
The concept of the project was that they would commission 12 writers asking them to write the start of a children’s story with the idea of Children finishing the story.
The project really gathered momentum with the backing of :Eoin Colfer, Cecilia Ahern, Shane Casey, Hillary Rose and Fighting Words Northern Ireland also came on board with Lisa McGee the writer of the hit series ‘Derry Girls’.
To get in touch with your creative side at :
Ciara O' Flynn Conservation Officer Cork City Council
Shandon Orienteering Project : Get to know your city!
Cork City Council have developed a new fun, outdoor activity for all the family. Get out and about and explore the newly developed Heritage Orienteering Course that has been developed in Shandon. The aim of the orienteering course is to raise awareness and celebrate the architectural conservation areas of our city. The course will highlight wonderful architectural features that can be seen on shop fronts, houses and civic buildings such as wrought iron railings, sash windows, intricate stone carvings, fanlights and many other features, some of which are hundreds of years old! By taking part, you can enjoy the historic urban landscape in a healthy and fun way.
The marking points are Illustrated by local artists who entered a competition, in the form of ceramic tiles stuck to 5 different check points which you can find on your map. The aim is to not only draw your attention to these artist’s designs but also to the other forms of architecture our marvelous City has on offer such as Georgian railings and old boot scrapers. You will also find out some of the stories about the people who once lived and worked here. The trail starts on North Mall, going through Shandon street,on to Anne’s tower and Church and ending on at the Civic Trust House on Pope’s quay.
If you wish to do a bit of Orienteering in Cork City visit:
Cork Opera House, the Christmas Concert streaming online up to Monday 21st
Cork Opera House, the Christmas Concert streaming online up to Monday 21st
Following sold out concerts over the last four years, our annual Christmas Concert will be hosted online this December 19th-21st, ensuring one of Cork’s most recent festive traditions can continue in the comfort of your home.
Always a highlight of our Winter Programme at Cork Opera House, the Christmas Concert will take a different format as the best in local Cork and national talent come together to sing a range of festive classics, streamed online with the usual mix of musical and artistic talent.
Accompanied by the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra and conducted by John O’Brien, a variety of artists will take to the stage to perform a range of seasonal classics. Those performing across the three evenings will include renowned Irish tenor Gavan Ring and one of the country’s most celebrated sopranos, Majella Cullagh. They will be joined by the mother and daughter duo of Karen and Christiana Underwood along with rising star Emma Sophia of The Emma Sophia Show. All will be performing seasonal festive favourites, along with a spoken word performance by Ciarán Bermingham.
Gather your holly, your ivy and sit down with the whole family to join us from afar for a special night of seasonal music this Christmas – we promise this magical evening will leave you brimming over with festive cheer.
Get your tickets for the concert at:
Katrina O' Mahony 3rd and 4th class teacher at Rusheen National School
We hear the Students of Rusheen National School perform their song ‘ It’s Christmas time’
Mary-Jo Ryan of The Ryan Sisters
Mary- Jo, Angela and Ella ‘The Ryan Sister’s’ ahead of their release ‘The Show must go on, A collection of Christmas hits’.
The Songstress Marguerite O'Connor
The Christmas Jingle live stream in aid of Enable Ireland Sunday 20th
Filmed in the Metropole Hotel with plenty of performers including: Tracie Keenan, Mikey O’Donovan, Lorna Moore, Orla Hill, The Loungeman, Gill McGee, Mary Norberg O’Neill, Kayla Meaghair, Timothy O’Sullivan, Marie Bradfield, The Jazz Dude and of course Marguerite O’Connor The Songstress herself. Also contributing is Cork singer songwriter Mick Flannery. The annual event was founded in 2017 by Marguerite and Mary O’Connor with the aim of raising much needed funds for local charities.
The enable Ireland centre in Curragheen are currently short a million in funding, the event is going to be streamed Sunday coming at 6 pm.
Belgooly resident Mary Mc Cague Violinist with Affiniti & ‘the girly one’
Celtic inspired classical crossover group Affiniti perform ‘A Celtic Christmas’ on Thursday 17th from Powerscourt Estate
Affinití, Celtic inspired classical crossover group, announce a very special Christmas concert filmed in the wonderfully atmospheric surroundings of Powerscourt House. Classically trained musicians Emer Barry (Soprano), Aisling Ennis (Harp) and Mary Mc Cague (Violin) have brought their Christmas show to the USA each year and are delighted to share ‘A Celtic Christmas’ with Irish music lovers for the first time. Highlights will include:
- Affiniti’s chart topping version of O Holy Night – over 3 million views on YouTube
- An opportunity to see Powerscourt House and Gardens, which will be beautifully decorated for this one-off event by Miller & Lambe Events & Design, from the safety and comfort of your home.
- A special virtual guest appearance by Bing Crosby’s nephew, Howard Crosby, who will tell one of his many personal stories about his famous uncle
TICKETS available from Affinití’s online shop on www.affinitimusic.com Enter ‘RedFM’ to avail of a 15% discount
“Full of soul, sass and sophistication, as well as exquisite technique.” – The Boston Globe.
Chattyboo Production's Angela Newman on The Adult Panto Sketch Show
New for 2020 Chattyboo Production’s Adult Panto Sketch Show
The Chattyboo Productions team should have been embarking on their 12th year of the show, another 6 week run all the way through til mid-January. However, due to the restrictions governing live shows they are out of work this Christmas. Instead of doing nothing, the gang made this sketch show between the lockdowns. It’s a collection of sketches, animation and songs; a mix of favourites from past years as well as new sketches too. As they say: It’s rude, it’s crude… but never nude! Book the Adult Panto sketch show on TakeYourSeats.ie
Cast and crew includes: Adrian Scanlon, Leah woods, Darragh Keating, Pearse O’ Donoghue, Dave Peer, Anne Marie O’Donovan, Angela Newman, the sketch show was filmed and directed by RedFM’s Kilian Pettit,
West Cork based musician Aine O'Gorman & Victoria Keating collaborated on ‘The Poor Ground’ a song inspired by the dark times of the Mother & Baby homes.
West Cork musician Aine O’Gorman & Victoria Keating on their song ‘The Poor Ground’
The song has over half a million views, the writing of the song started in 2017 and was finished last September just before the news about the sealing of the documents in relation to the mother and Baby home broke.
You can hear the single at: Aine O’Gorman – YouTube
Colm Cronin Chairman Coppeen Archaeological, Historical & Cultural Society on his short film about the Kilmichael Ambush of 1920
‘Kilmichael – a story of a century’ on Tom Barry’s infamous ambush available on YouTube
Local historian Colm Cronin of the Coppeen Historical, Archaeological and Cultural society chats about not wanting the opportunity to commemorate the Kilmichael ambush to pass, especially when it was an event which held such significance. Colm’s son Shane came on board with his skills from working in digital media and research with E-learning in CIT, with Colm writing a script and presenting the piece.
Expect an un-biased account of the event and never-before-heard audio from those who were there on the day.
View the film at :
‘Molly The Mouse’ a kids book written & published by staff at Logitech Cork in aid of “Make A Wish Ireland”
The 50 volunteers who spent weeks on zoom meetings whilst working from home produced the book in aid of Make A Wish Ireland, to help children like their inspiration Molly Daly a 9 year old Cork girl living with Kabuki syndrome.
The book is titled ‘Molly the Mouse’ a play on words down to the fact that Logitech makes Mice (for computers).
The book is available on https://highstreetbooks.ie/Molly-The-Mouse-By-Logitech-Cork-Care-Team-For-Make-A-Wish-Ireland who are distributing the books free of charge, as well as a number of Ryan’s Supervalu stores in Togher, Glanmire and Grange.
Paddy Gilly of Santacalling.ie
Cork’s ‘Santa Calling’ service allows your smallies enjoy all the traditional elements of visiting Santa from a safe distance
A virtual online Santa calling service for the smallies with pre recorded video messages also possible. Dave also heard from the main man himself too!
To book your chance to talk to Santa calling visit: https://www.santacalling.ie/