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April 2017 Art Network Showcase

On Wednesday, April 26th Monaghan Arts Network continued its monthly Showcase event to highlight the established and emerging talent in County Monaghan, and once again the big crowd in attendance were informed and entertained. All four acts were top class artists in their own field and they demonstrated their talents to the enjoyment of the audience. I would like to thank Paula McAree for the images.


Annie Quinn: Annie is an expert jeweller and designs her own creations. She takes inspiration from Irish Traditional Musical instruments and the Irish stone walls and castles among other things. She regards each piece as a miniature work of art. The pieces she had on show were very attractive and a topic of conversation.

Ally Bunbury: Ally, though now living in County Carlow is originally from County Monaghan. She was working for a very prestigious PR company in London and Dublin before setting up her own company and now creates media campaigns for her many and important clients. She has written her first novel entitles 'The Inheritance', which she spoke about at the Showcase. No doubt many will want to read it.

Dwayne McMahon: Dwayne plays the guitar and lets his emotions out through singing and playing his guitar. He has a rock background but has changed his style in recent times and composes much of his programme of songs. He delighted the audience with his choice of numbers for the Showcase.

Laura McKenna: This young lady hails from Carrickmacross and attends the St. Louis Secondary School there. Six years ago she began taking lessons in playing the flute and completed her ABRSM Grade 8 last year. Currently attending the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is also taking lessons on the piano with Lisa Cruise. She displayed a wonderful talent and impressed all with her ability.


Each of the artists was given a very nice introduction by Pat Mooney .