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Harper Elaine Hogan from Clare.

Cooney joins leading harpists for special Ennis concert

MUSIC lovers are in for a rare treat on Saturday night when some of Ireland’s finest harpists will be joined by renowned guitarist Steve Cooney for a special concert in St Columbia’s Church, Ennis.

The concert is entitled ‘Harping On’ and is presented by Clare Arts Office. The idea for the concert originated from John O’Connor of the legendary Custy’s music shop in Ennis and it is being organised by Pat Ryan Music Services.

The concert features six of Ireland’s leading harpists, including Aisling Lyons, Elaine Hogan, Eimear Coughlan, Fionnuala Rooney, Lily O’Connor, and Paul Dooley.

They will be playing new original music as well as music from the masters of the tradition. They will be joined by singer Cadhla Brock with Steve Cooney adding an extra layer of musical magic.

Steve is a renowned musician and was recently announced as the Cumadóir na Bliana (Composer of the Year) at the Gradam Ceoil Awards. He has worked extensively with Irish harp music on his latest album, which has received widespread praise.

Clare County Arts Officer Siobhán Mulcahy described the event as a rare opportunity to see the best of harp music in a truly wonderful setting.

“We’re very excited about this concert and feel it’s so timely. People have been through a lot in recent times, and it’s great to be getting out and about again to enjoy live music. Harp music can be so healing and nourishing for the spirit. The line-up is exceptional, and I look forward to hearing the music fill St. Columbia’s Church, which is a great venue for this concert.”

The concert takes place in St. Columbia’s Church on Bindon Street, on Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are €10 and are available from Custy’s Music Shop and online from Eventbrite.ie. The event is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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