Wednesday, January 04, 2023

A large crowd turned out for the Live and Local concert at St Catherine’s Community Services Centre in Carlow
Photos: Thomas Nolan Photography

Bill and Elizabeth Flynn

Sarah Jane Doran and Helen Brophy

Elizabeth Connors performing

Liam Ryan

Michelle Berry

Loretta and Liam Ryan

Brigid Dermody and Mary Jane Berry

John Paul McCarthy and Sara Jane Doran

Shane Hamilton, manager at St Catherine’s Community Services Centre

Brothers Jim and Philip McVeigh present two bursaries to Bill Flynn and Sarah Jane Doran

Fiach Ó Muircheartaigh provided all the backing music for the singers

Mary Cash sang a few songs at the Live and Local concert


By Suzanne Pender

A GROUP at St Catherine’s Community Services Centre, Carlow bravely stepped out of their comfort zone to perform in front of family and friends at a very special night in the centre.

The concert was part of Carlow Arts Office ‘Live and Local’ series of events and welcomed performers from St Catherine’s to take part, all under the guidance of singer-songwriter Fiach Moriarty.

“It was a great night. It was really nice after Covid to be able to welcome people back together in a public setting,” said Agnita Kenny, Carlow Traveller Forum development worker.

“It was great for the group to work with Fiach, who really brought the best out in everyone and helped them gain confidence. It was important it was a performance and not just a sing-song, and everyone did perform. We had a lovely mix of traditional and contemporary songs, too … it all went so well,” she added.

Five people sang on the night – Elizabeth Connors, Mary Cash, Liam Ryan, Michelle Berry and Nikita Dormoty – while there were also two group songs, ending with a beautiful rendition of the classic Caledonia.

“We also sang some Christmas carols. It was lovely to see family and friends there and it was a lovely way to end the year,” said Agnita.

The event also included a presentation of the Loretta McVeigh education bursaries, presented by Loretta’s sons Jim and Philip to this year’s recipients Bill Flynn and Sarah Jane Doran.



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