Young Cork band perform at Leinster House

A Cork girl group got the opportunity to perform at Leinster House this week, putting on a show about female empowerment.

Misneach is made up of six teenage singer songwriters from Cork City, and performed at the Child Talks event on the 18th of November.

The event gives young people a platform to share experiences on issues that are important to them. This year’s theme was ‘If I were Taoiseach for a day…’

Misneach, who are made up of Chloe Murphy, Rosaleen Brady, Róisín Cullinane, Sophie McCarthy, Cara Cullen and Charmaine Ngwenya all aged between 15 and 18, are part of the Kabin Studio creative space in Knocknaheeny and have been writing music for the past four years. They closed the show for Child Talks 2022 with a song and performance about encouraging young women to be themselves.

Speaking about the event, the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon said:

“It is significant that our fifth Child Talks took place in Leinster House. We wanted those in power, those making decisions that affect children, to hear from them directly so that they can fully consider their views. My job is to ensure that the rights of children are promoted and respected. I work hard to represent their views but there is no substitution for hearing from children themselves and supporting them to share their experiences, in their own words. The issues raised by the children are topical and relevant; they talked about their personal experience of homelessness, about why they feel supports for children are not good enough, about the constraints they feel the current education system puts on their ability to reach their potential, about equal access for everyone and a lot more.”


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