The Clogher Diocesan Liturgy Commission is pleased to host, renowned composer of Irish Liturgical Music Ronan McDonagh for our Church Music Weekend on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2024.

Saturday will see Ronan lead a Workshop Day in Saint Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Monaghan. Choir Members, Cantors, Musicians and all those with an interest in Liturgical Music are welcome to attend. The workshop will run from 10am-4pm.

On the Sunday evening, Saint Joseph’s Church will host a concert where Ronan will be be joined by Fuaimlaoi and a String Quartet for an enchanting evening of Liturgical Music rooted in the Irish Traditional.

Tickets for each day can be purchased for €10, for those who wish to attend both days a special combi ticket will cost €15.

Ronan is a native of Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. At an early age he became immersed in traditional Irish music, winning All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and Slógadh. His organ studies began at the Schola Cantorum, St Finian’s College, Mullingar, and continued with Professor Gerard Gillen at Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. He has obtained a BMus degree from UCD, a Masters Degree in the Performance and Interpretation of Organ Music from NUI Maynooth, and holds the Performance Licentiate of Trinity College, London.

 Since 1990, Ronan has held the full time position of Organist and Director of Music at St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin. He is widely known as a liturgical music composer, with many of his compositions published in Ireland and in the United States.

Awarded a Papal Knighthood by the Holy See for services to church music, Ronan was invested into the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG) in 2021.

Fuaimlaoi was formed by Ronan McDonagh in 2006 to promote and develop liturgical music that grows out of our native tradition. Based at St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin, it comprises a dynamic group of talented and committed singers and instrumentalists who have a keen interest in both liturgical music and Irish culture.

The name Fuaimlaoi is a poetic joining of two Irish words: fuaim – meaning sound, and laoi – an old epic narrative poem, lyric or canticle. Linking both evokes a sense of the sound of our native spiritual song.