Song Ties

Song Ties

Following the success of our Song Ties music project for Tradoodle 2020, Ceol Connected and Tradoodle Festival are delighted to return to Castleross Nursing Home for more Song Ties magic.

Musician specialists Julie Tiernan and Ann Blake will specially craft interactive performances with the residents in a day long residency, exploring the joy of music making and song ties that connect us together.

Kindly funded by Creative Ireland and Monaghan County Council.

Sounding the Senses artist residency

Sounding the Senses artist residency

Project 1: Lullaby LEAF

What is it like to live on a giant leaf?

Prepare for whooshing winds, gigantic raindrops, busy bugs, and bursts of colourful canopy in this joyful multi-sensory workshop designed for young children with complex needs.  With the gentle unfurling of a leaf, a soothing sensory world is brought to life through music and song, light, smell, movement, and touch.

About Lullaby LEAF

Lullaby LEAF is an immersive, inclusive, and highly participatory workshop designed specifically for very young children with complex needs. It is inspired by LEAF multisensory theatre production which Ceol Connected developed in 2017 as Theatre Company in Residence in Draíocht.

Watch original LEAF trailer here:


In partnership with Cavan County Council and Creative Cavan, Ceol Connected is bringing this very special multisensory workshop experience to the Holy Family School in Cootehill in a week-long residency.

We are delighted to collaborate with Music Generation Cavan Monaghan to provide the opportunity for their musician facilitators to work with the Lullaby Leaf team. At the heart of this process is their exploration of how multisensory experiences – sound, touch, taste, smell, light, movement, etc. – could be meaningfully embedded in music workshops to most effectively engage children who have a range of additional needs.

Lullaby LEAF is a captivating, fun-filled, and immersive sensory experience for the very young and their teachers/carers.

Key Personnel

Director: Joanna Williams
Musical Director: Thomas Johnston
Co-creators: Thomas Johnston, Orla Kelly, Joanna Williams
Facilitators: Claire Crehan, Orla Kelly, Music Generation Cavan Monaghan musicians
Music Composition: Thomas Johnston
Sensory object creation: Orla Kelly
Creative Producer: Brioni Gallagher

Project 2: Sounding the Senses (ASD focus)

Following their September residency at the Holy Family School, which awed us with the sounds of the seashore and the colours of the forest floor, community musicians Julie Tiernan and Ann Blake return with another ASD focused workshop series.

Using multisensory experiences and intensive interaction, these workshops explore the realms of non-verbal, in-the-moment, meaningful communication and engagement.


This residency is kindly supported by Cavan County Council and Creative Cavan

Sliabh Beagh Hotel

Sliabh Beagh Hotel

Creative Creatures with Anne Cradden (Visual Art)

About this workshop

In this workshop we’ll be inspired by the animals featured in Ceol na Sióg, from mice and owls to squirrels, crows, herons and dolphins. We’ll be using repurposed materials to make masks, headgear and costumes that make us FEEL like these incredible animals of the Irish countryside. Fur, claws, horns, wings, fangs, paws, feathers, antlers, beaks, hooves …Can you bring out your animal side?

About the Artist

Creative Creatures with Anne Cradden

Anne Cradden is an artist who loves drawing and making things out of all sorts of other things. She also loves sharing this with children, because she has found that grown-ups and kids all have something to teach each other about the joy of unleashing our imaginations. She has facilitated many art workshops, sculpture collaborations, dress-up sessions, and Sellotape-related experiments with children in a variety of settings, while enjoying herself very much at the same time. She is currently artist in residence for Fingal County Council’s Room 13 project at Tyrellstown Educate Together National School, where she collaborates with the students on genius works of art.

Event Details

Time: 12.00pm-1.30pm

Location: Sliabh Beagh Hotel

Age Range: 8+

Duration: 90 minutes

Capacity: 12

Price: Free but registration required. Booking essential


Treetop Tunes Session – Irish Traditional Music Session

with Patricia Cosgrove from Moco Music Academy

About this workshop

It’s time to have a boogie at our Treetop Tunes session at Sliabh Beagh (Knockatallon).  Feel free to bring along your instrument and dancing shoes and join in, or if you prefer, sit back, relax, and listen to some tantalising tunes.  Treetop Tunes session is suitable for beginners. 

Event Details

Time: 1.00pm-2pm

Location: Sliabh Beagh Hotel

Age Range: 8+

Duration: 60 minutes

Capacity: 12

Price: Free but registration required. Booking essential

Patrick Kavanagh Centre

Patrick Kavanagh Centre

EVENT: We Are All Stardust – With Andrew Carson (Visual Art)

‘“Even through your hardest days, remember we are all made of stardust!” – Carl Sagan

About this Event

This workshop is inspired by the knowledge that every atom in our body is made from the dust left behind from an exploded star. We are made of all the lights we see in the night sky.

Using a variety of dry media we will colour and create our very own star pods for you to hold your wishes, hopes and dreams in.

About the Artist

Andrew Carson is a visual artist and educator living and working in Dublin. His work is an exploration of the body and interpersonal interactions through the mediums of digital technology. He is interested in the use and effects of digital devices and social media as the primary means of modern contact. He works in a variety of media, including digital sound and image, print, and paper.

Event Details

Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm

Location: Library

Age Range: 8+

Duration: 90 mins

Capacity: 12

Price: Free but registration required, booking essential

EVENT: Treetop Tunes Session (Irish Traditional Music Session)

with Seán Walsh

It’s time to have a tune and a boogie at the Treetops Tunes Session with traditional music maestro Seán Walsh. Feel free to bring along your instrument and dancing shoes and join in. Or if you prefer, sit back, relax and listen to some tantalising tunes. Session suitable for beginners.

Event Details

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Location: Main Stage

Age Range: All ages

Duration: 60 mins

Capacity: 12

Price: Free but registration required, booking essential

Library Tour

Library Tour

Ceol na Sióg with Gráinne Holland

The fairies are inviting you to visit the magical world around us: the natural world. You’ll find them among the flowers, hiding in tops of the trees, in the shade of the full moon or under the waves. The fairies are waiting to share their magical songs with you.


Singer / songwriter Gráinne Holland, originally from Belfast, now lives in the beautiful Kingdom of Mourne in County Down. She is surrounded by mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and the sea and draws inspiration from this beautiful landscape. Gráinne has recorded 4 albums to date, 1 of which was released on the Gael Linn label. She has recorded both traditional songs and her own original songs. Her latest publication, Book/ CD Ceol na Sióg, meaning the music of the fairies is about the magic of the world around us. Published by An tSnatháid Mhór and illustrated by Mr Ando it is a collection of 13 songs written in Irish by Gráinne and can be enjoyed by all ages. It has been shortlisted for the Réics Carló Irish Language Children’s Book of the Year Award.

Join Gráinne and her band as they perform songs from Ceol na Sióg. You will also have a chance to get a copy of this beautiful Book/ CD. Bilingual event. 

Thursday 11th November – The Market house

Time: 10.30am

Location: The Market House in partnership with Monaghan Town Library

Age Range: 4+

Duration: 40 mins

Capacity: Limit according to each branch.

Price: Free

Booking: Contact Monaghan Town Library on 04781830

Thursday 11th November – Clones Library

Time: 1pm

Location: Clones Library

Age Range: 4+

Duration: 40 mins

Capacity: Limit according to each branch.

Price: Free

Booking: Contact Clones Library on 04774712 

Friday 12th November – Carrickmacross Library

Time: 10.30am

Location: Carrickmacross Library

Age Range: 4+

Duration: 40 mins

Capacity: Limit according to each branch.

Price: Free

Booking: Carrickmacross Library on 0429661148 

Friday 12th November – Castleblaney Library

Time: 1pm

Location: Castleblaney Library

Age Range: 4+

Duration: 40 mins

Capacity: Limit according to each branch.

Price: Free

Booking: Castleblayney Library on 0429740281