Dr. Ita Beausang

ITA BEAUSANG is a native of Cork. She studied piano at the Cork School of Music and the Read Pianoforte School. At UCC she was a student of Aloys Fleischmann who guided her on the road to musicology with her PhD thesis Anglo-Irish Music 1780-1830 (Cork University Press). She retired on marriage from a teaching post in the Cork School …

Fr. Sean McDonagh

Fr. McDonagh, SCC, a Columban priest of Ireland, is an outspoken critic of policies that allow for the systematic degradation of the environment linking them to global poverty and the increased suffering of the poor. It was during his work with the indigenous T’boli people on the Philippine island of Mindanao in the 1970s and 1980s that his understanding of …

Dr.Caitriona Clear

Dr. Caitriona Clear lectures in nineteenth and twentieth-century history at NUI, Galway, and has published research on nuns, women of the house, homelessness, and Maura Laverty. Her most recent book is Social Change and Everyday Life in Ireland 1850–1922 (2007, Manchester University Press). She has been familiar with the songs of Percy French for as long as she can remember.

Canon Richard St L Broadberry

A former pupil of Wesley College, Dublin, and a graduate of Trinity College, he researched the Philosophy of Religious Language for an M Litt.  He has spent 57 years in the pastoral ministery in Ireland and England.  He has published a history of Christianity, 120 School Assemblies (mainly on world religions); and, more recently, a defence of religious language in …

Yvonne Pettitt

Yvonne Pettitt works as a freelance Art Historian and artist in Dublin. She holds a B.A. in Art History, a Higher Diploma in Arts Administration from U.C.D., and a M. Phil. in Irish Art History from T.C.D. Yvonne has lectured in the Percy French Festival and Summer School and has guided and lectured extensively as part of the Dublin City …

Brian Munn

Brian Munn has been an actor and broadcaster since the age of 12 years, when he played his first role in a BBC Drama production. He has worked in all areas of the business from stage actor to television game show host, from Radio Drama Producer with RTE, to film actor. In films, he has been husband to Helen Mirren, …

Mary O’Donnell

Mary O’Donnell began her harp studies with the late Sr. Eugene McCabe at Mount Sackville School in Dublin and later with Fiona Norwood, Sebastien Lipman, and masterclasses with the renowned harpist and teacher Edward Witsenberg. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Music in 1996. She also completed an ARIAM in Irish harp and LTCL in …

The Army Band of 4 Western Brigade

The Army Band of 4 Western Brigade The Army No. 4 Band was formed in 1936 and has been located at Custume Barracks Athlone since that time. The Band’s numerical title was later changed to a territorial style; thus the Army No. 4 Band became The Band of the Western Command. Its current title, The Band of 4 Western Brigade, dates from …

Michael Banahan

Roscommon native and founding member of Traditional/Folk group Rig the Jig, Michael has been involved in the music business for many years and has released in total nine critically acclaimed albums, three solo albums, one album with Irish folk duo The Baileys and five albums with internationally renowned folk group Rig the Jig. Founder of GoodWood Music a record label …

Patsy McGarry

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs correspondent of The Irish Times is himself a Roscommon man.  He has worked for Independent Newspapers, the Irish Press group, Magill magazine, and freelanced briefly for RTÉ. In 1989 he set up the first independent radio newsroom in the Republic at Capital Radio (now FM104) in Dublin, having previously worked for four years on pirate station …

Teresa O’Donnell

For the past fifteen years, Teresa O’Donnell has worked as a freelance harpist and singer throughout Ireland, Europe and USA, having graduated with an Honours Degree in Music and Irish from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Performance and Musicology. Teresa began her harp studies with the late Sr. Eugene McCabe at Mount Sackville School, and later studied with …