National Development Office
Rosaleen Molloy - National Director read more
Previous strategic leadership roles include Project Director Arts in the Classroom Initiative (1996-1997), Founder/Director of County Wexford Children’s Choir Programme (1997-2002) and County Arts Officer, Wexford County Council (2002-2010).
A former student of Wexford School of Music and honours graduate of the Music and Education Departments of University College Cork, Rosaleen is also a skilled choral music education specialist and holds an Artist Teacher Diploma and Master Teacher Certificate from the Choral Music Experience Institute, USA. A passionate advocate and dynamic leader for music education, she has pioneered, strategically designed and led numerous groundbreaking initiatives in music education and music development, which have combined innovative and unique approaches to performance, participation and partnership.
Cathriona Grange - Operations Manager read more
Cathriona spent almost 20 years working in Social Care, in a variety of positions which have included all age groups of children and young people.
Cathriona’s qualifications include a Diploma in Social Care from the DIT, and a Post Grad Diploma in Management (for Pastoral and Voluntary Services) from All Hallows College, in conjunction with DCU and DePaul University, Chicago.
Cathriona is a member of Diva Voces choir, a four-part female voice choir based in Dublin. She is also an amateur piano and guitar player, having started piano lessons at a young age. Cathriona has a love of a variety of musical genres, in particular of musical theatre.
Eve O’Kelly - LMEP Development Manager read more
From 1990 until 2010 she was Director of Ireland’s Contemporary Music Centre, establishing it as the national archive and promotion agency for new music. She worked with the country’s leading composers, performers and arts agencies and played a key role in developing the profile of contemporary Irish music at home and internationally. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London), an honorary member and former board member of the International Association of Music Information Centres, a former visiting research fellow at the University of the Arts, London, and was adjunct professor of musicology at University College Dublin from 2011 to 2013.
Helen Grant - Finance Manager read more
Liz Powell - LMEP Support Manager read more
She worked for a number of years as Acting Head of Literature and Acting Head of Arts Participation in the Arts Council, and also held briefs in theatre, circus and dance, and as the Registrar of Aosdána. More recently Liz has worked in a freelance capacity as Festival Support Adviser with Tipperary County Council, as well as with Music Generation.
As choral conductor and singing leader she has worked with a variety of choirs including Diva Voces, UL Choral Society and Glória, and she currently conducts the Mellow Tones female-voice choir in Cloughjordan. She is passionate about the positive physical and mental health benefits of group singing and music and has also worked with a diverse range of groups in schools and healthcare settings, with workplace choirs, staff and board members of organisations, and even TDs, Senators and staff of Dáil Éireann!
Paula Phelan - LMEP Support Manager read more
Previously Paula was General Manager of Irish Baroque Orchestra, a Post-Primary Teacher, Freelance Musician Educator, Programme Director of Music Generation Carlow and General Manager of Belvedere Youth Service. Paula brings with her a breadth of experience spanning the worlds of arts and corporate management, music education leadership and practice.
Aoife Lucey - Communications and Marketing Manager read more
Her previous roles have spanned the fields of communications, marketing, public affairs, audience development and digital media management.
Aoife has since completed a Certificate in Management Practice with the University of Ulster and qualified as a drama teacher, through the Leinster School of Music and Drama.
Aoife is an aspiring piano player, recently picked up the ukulele and is a lover of music of all genres.
Amy Byrne - Communications and Administration Officer read more
Amy also holds a Diploma in Dance Instruction from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and a QQI in Dance Production. She has taught in some of Dublin’s leading ballet and performing arts schools, with particular expertise in early childhood dance education. Amy is a classically trained ballet dancer and has performed in France and throughout Ireland as part of Core Dance Company.
Board of Directors
Leo Blennerhassett - Chairperson read more
Leo is a former adjunt lecturer on the MBA programme at Trinity College Dublin and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Business School. He also provides strategic planning and operating model advice to a large Irish charity. He is the Chairman of RSA Insurance Ireland and was a member of Music Network’s Board of Directors until March 2017.
Pat Burke read more
A career civil servant, he initially served with the Revenue Commissioners and was, for many years, Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Education. Over this period he had charge of many of the Department's areas of responsibility and was centrally involved in the development of education policy in the State. More recently Pat was the Chair of the State Examinations Commission.
Anna Marie Delaney read more
Dr Clíona Doris read more
As a concert harpist, Clíona has extensive experience as a soloist and chamber musician. Her broadcasts include performances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Ulster, RTÉ Lyric fm, National Public Radio USA, Classic FM TV, UTV, BBC Television and RTÉ Television. In 2005, she was the soloist at the BBC Proms in the Park in Belfast, which was broadcast internationally as part of the BBC Last Night of the Proms.
An active exponent of contemporary music, she has premiered works by Elaine Agnew, Donnacha Dennehy, Jason E. Geistweidt, Philip Hammond, Brian Irvine, Deirdre McKay, Neil Martin and Ian Wilson. Her latest CD, a pale yellow sky released on the RTÉ Lyric fm label, features contemporary music by Irish composers. Other recordings include in blue sea or sky, a solo CD on the Riverrun Label and a performance of Handel’s Harp Concerto with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recorded for the RTÉ Lyric fm label.
She was Chairman of the Ninth World Harp Congress in Dublin in 2005 and is a member of Music Network’s Board of Directors and the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.
Martin Drury read more
At the end of 2015 he left the Arts Council after a period of eight years, the last three as Director of Strategic Development. That role included being the executive lead and author for the 2014 Strategic Review of the Arts Council (‘Inspiring Prospects’) and for the subsequent development of a 10-year strategy published in late 2015 as ‘Making Great Art Work’.
He spent the 1990s developing and then running The Ark, Europe’s first custom-built arts centre for children, emblematic of a life-long commitment to and conviction about the arts for young people. These were manifest also in other key roles during the 1980s: Arts Education Organiser for Sligo and Leitrim; Artistic Director, TEAM Educational Theatre; and Education Officer at the Arts Council.
Martin has worked extensively as a theatre director and script editor, directing more than twenty productions for Druid; Opera Theatre Company; Second Age; TEAM; The Ark; and the Abbey Theatre where he was an Associate Director for a number of years.
He has also spent periods of time as a freelance arts consultant and adviser, has written and taught widely at home and abroad, has served on numerous boards including EU Net Art and The Ireland Funds, and has been Honorary Fellow in Psychology at University College Dublin.
He chaired the advisory group for the 2003 study and report published as A National System for Local Music Education Services prepared by Music Network, which was seedbed and catalyst for Music Generation.
David Leahy read more
David holds a B.D. from NUI Maynooth, a H.Dip.Ed.Studies (School Development Planning) from NUI Galway, a H.Dip.Education and an M.Ed (Guidance and Counselling) from Trinity College Dublin.
He is married to Kathy who teaches music and religion and they have three children.
Deirdre McCrea read more
During her time with Music Network, Deirdre played an instrumental role in the preparation and launch of the 2003 feasibility study report A National System of Local Music Education Services. As newly-appointed CEO, she spearheaded a long-term research and advocacy campaign aimed at progressing the implementation of the report’s recommended model. Initially resulting in a commitment by the Department of Education and Skills to pilot the model in two locations - County Donegal and City of Dublin - this campaign ultimately led in 2009 to an unprecedented investment of €7 million by U2 and The Ireland Funds towards the establishment of Music Generation and the roll-out of the Music Education Partnership model to eight further regions.
Also during her tenure as Music Network’s CEO, Deirdre led the development of the Music Capital Scheme, funded annually by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, which gives both non-professional performing groups and individual professional musicians access to funding to enable the acquisition of suitable musical instruments.
Deirdre is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. A keen cellist, she is a member of the Dublin Symphony Orchestra.
James Morris read more
In 1990 he assembled a formidable array of talent as the founder of The Mill in London, a Post-Production and Visual Effects Company. In 1998 he co-chaired Mill Film with Ridley Scott and in 2001 Mill Film won the Academy Award for Visual Effects for its work on the film ‘Gladiator’.
In 1998 he led the Windmill Consortium that established Ireland’s first National Independent TV channel, TV3, in partnership with Canwest Global. James was Chairman of TV3 until it was sold to Doughty Hanson in 2007.
From 2011 to 2016 he has been working with Windmill Lane to establish a Visual Effects Studio in Dublin to compete internationally for Visual Effects work on TV dramas and feature films. In May 2016 he stepped down as Chairman of the Windmill Lane Group of Companies.
James has served two terms as chairman of Bord Scannán na hÉireann, the Irish Film Board. In 2013 he was presented with the ‘Galway Hooker’ Award by President Michael D Higgins at the Galway Film Fleadh for “his enduring legacy with the Irish Film Industry.” He is currently on the Board of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival and the Gate Theatre.
Chantal O’Sullivan read more
Active in philanthropic work, especially benefiting Irish causes, Chantal is a member of the New York board of the Irish Georgian Society. She is also an active member of The Ireland Funds and New York’s Glucksman Ireland House. Chantal was involved in a fundraising campaign for the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, and is a member of the Royal Dublin Society. She is involved with CINOA (The International Confederation of Art and Antiques Dealers’ Associations), the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America, and the Guggenheim Museum.
Bill Whelan read more
His specially commissioned orchestral work, The Seville Suite, received its European premiere performance at the Maestranza in Seville as part of the celebrations for Ireland’s National Day at Expo ‘92. The last movement of this work was danced by Maria Pagés, who was later to appear in his Riverdance: The Show. His next large scale orchestral work, The Spirit of Mayo, was performed in 1993 by an 85-piece orchestra in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Together with the choral group Anúna, this piece also featured a powerful Celtic drum corps and a 200 strong choir. Riverdance was composed especially for the interval act of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. The original 7-minute orchestral piece conceived for hard-shoe Irish dance was televised to a European audience of 300 million viewers. As a single release, Riverdance spent 18 weeks at No. 1 in the Irish charts and was a Top Ten hit in the UK. Later that year, he began to write Riverdance: The Show and in February 1995 it had its first performance at the Point Theatre in Dublin. Since then, it has gone on to play to millions of people worldwide – with both the album and video topping the charts around the world. Bill was honoured with a Grammy Award in 1997 when the Riverdance record was named Best Musical Show Album.
He is currently working on an opera/musical for the New York Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Centre Theatre. Bill serves on the boards of Berklee School of Music in Boston, the University of Limerick Foundation, the Irish Traditional Music Archive and the cutting-edge Crash Ensemble.
Local Music Education Partnership Contacts
Music Generation Carlow, Gavin Barr read more
In 2010 Gavin received a scholarship to complete a Masters of Music in Solo Performance at RNCM. During this time he also performed with the British Open brass quartet champions Scherzo Brass.
Since returning to Ireland Gavin has kept up a busy performance schedule while also developing a career in Music Education. He started his work as a brass tutor with Carlow College of Music and has since taught brass and recorder with Music Generation in Laois and Carlow.
At Music Generation Carlow Gavin was lead musician of the brass and wind programme and led the team in the development ‘Brass Off!’ – a major residential tuition programme in collaboration with Music Generation Cork City and Mayo. He became the Music Generation Carlow Hubs Programme Manager in 2016 and, prior to taking up the post of Music Generation Development Officer, he was Resource Worker for the programme from 2018.
Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan, Mairéad Duffy read more
She has studied choral conducting with Dr Doreen Rao, and returned to Carnegie Hall in January 2016 with members of the Senior Choir of St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, to perform in Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers.
Mairéad is a past chair of TOSINI- Teachers of Singing in Ireland, and is in great demand as a vocal coach/leader and musical director.
Following a successful Fundit campaign and support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland she released her debut album ‘Silver Tin House’ as a singer songwriter in 2016.
Music Generation Cork City, Jessica Cawley read more
Her love for folk and traditional music led her to study Irish music and Ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick (2008) as a postgraduate student. Over the past decade, she has learned the flute and fiddle, and is now an active performer in Cork’s vibrant traditional music session scene.
As a PhD student at University College Cork, her research explored the learning processes within Irish traditional music. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Irish Research Council’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which supported the publication of her first book, Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician: Learning and Embodying Culture, (Routledge, forthcoming).
In addition to her scholarly contributions, Jessica has performed and taught traditional, jazz and classical music for over 15 years. She has developed, taught and led music programmes in the United States and Ireland in numerous contexts, ranging from primary, secondary and third level formal education, to facilitating inclusive music-making in community settings. Her interest and dedication to the diversity of practice in music education resonates with Music Generation’s ethos.
In 2013, she established the non-profit organisation, Creative Tradition, which currently leads school and community programmes, including two Club Ceoil centres in Knocknaheeny and Blarney. Prior to taking up the role of Acting Coordinator, Jessica was a tutor and programme provider for Music Generation Cork City since 2012.
Music Generation dlr, Dr Jennifer O’Connor-Madsen read more
Jennifer is the founder and organiser of the Women and Music in Ireland Conference series and has contributed to numerous Lyric FM documentaries on the subject of historical female figures in music. She has spoken at conferences both nationally and internationally and has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland (2013), the Journal of the IAWM (2010) and the Lexikon Europäische Instrumentalistinnen des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts (2012).
Jennifer has taught piano, keyboard and music theory in primary schools and in group settings to both children and adults for more than 15 years. She lectured part-time in Music in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra from 2012 to 2015. In 2013 she became the project manager for the RIAM Teaching and Learning Network, the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s online Educational Platform, and established the annual RIAM Teaching and Learning Network Conference. In 2014 Jennifer assumed the role of senior examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music Local Centre Exams.
Jennifer is a member of the Committee for the Society for Music Education in Ireland. Recent projects include working with Venom Productions on the Making the Grade film. She is currently co-editing a volume on Women and Music in Ireland with Dr Ita Beausang. She is secretary for the Sounding the Feminists working group, which is dedicated to promoting diversity and fairness in music in Ireland.
Music Generation Galway County, Ruth Gordon read more
Ruth began her career in the arts with Opera 2005, followed by a move to Galway to work with Druid. Since then Ruth has worked in the fields of arts administration, production, marketing, publicity, and project management with companies including Macnas, Dublin Theatre Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and, most recently, as a theatre producer with Fíbín Theatre Company in Inverin, County Galway.
Working through Irish gave Ruth an opportunity to re-engage with the language and experience the vibrant Gaeltacht culture – something she brings with her in her role as Music Generation Development Officer for Galway County.
Ruth began playing classical piano at the age of five and in later years took up the drums, gigging regularly with independent bands in Cork City and then with the Macnas drumming troupe in Galway. Most recently Ruth formed the ukulele group, The Ukes of Hazard, a purely ‘for fun’ ensemble of friends who want to reconnect with music.
Music Generation Kilkenny, Sinéad Blanchfield read more
Sinéad is also a music educator having taught music in schools and is much in demand as a voice coach and singing teacher, to adults and children, both in her private practice and in schools. She was vocal consultant at the University of Limerick for four years, coaching and mentoring on their postgraduate performance programmes, across a range of styles from classical to pop, rock, jazz and traditional Irish song. She holds a BA Hons degree in Music, a postgraduate diploma in education and a postgraduate award in performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she continued her Opera training.
Sinéad made her early beginnings singing and studying piano and went on to make her broadcast debut at the age of fifteen as a ‘young musician of the future’. She has since amassed numerous television and radio appearances across UTV, BBC and RTÉ. Sinéad is very experienced in the recording studio and as a voiceover artist. Her first solo album, ‘Voyage of Dreams’, showcases her effortless ability to perform exciting crossover repertoire.
Sinéad made her operatic debut with Opera Theatre Company as La Musica/Euridice in Monteverdi’s ‘Orfeo’ and has spent recent years successfully developing her roles on the classical opera circuit across Europe. She has performed extensively on the concert platform in Ireland and the UK, including the oratorio and recital repertoire.
As a classical crossover artist Sinead has produced and performed her one woman shows, combining her love of Irish/Celtic songs with her years of experience in the classical arena.
Music Generation Galway City, Karen Dervan read more
Music Generation Laois, Rosa Flannery read more
Rosa has a wealth of teaching experience, having worked with children and young people for a number of years. She played cello for many years with the County Donegal Youth Orchestra, and also plays traditional fiddle. Her NUI Galway MA thesis focused on the development of the Donegal Fiddle Tradition, past and present.Recent music education programmes Rosa has been involved with include North Wind Blows - a large scale cross-border intergenerational project managed by Donegal Music Education Partnership, the Errigal Groove Orchestra County Donegal Youth Orchestra.
Music Generation Leitrim, Thérèse McCartin read more
An accomplished harpist, singer and composer, Marie-Thérèse was a member of Anuna (the original chorus in Riverdance), The Lassus Scholars, and is currently a member of The RTÉ Philharmonic Choir.
In 2009 Marie-Thérèse completed her piano album which was produced by Frank McNamara from RTÉ’s The Late Late Show. The title track, ‘Another April Day’, was composed by Thérèse with lyrics composed by her father Tommy.
In 2003 Marie-Thérèse established the Cavan Academy of Music. The school provides tuition across a range of instruments and styles of music and welcomes students of all ages. Thérèse has many years’ experience teaching in primary schools and early years settings, previously taught at DIT Conservatory of Music, and is currently undertaking an MA in Early Years Music Education.
She has been signed to Universal Music Publishing (UMP) and AGR Television Records.
Thérèse is currently the Music Generation Development Officer with Music Generation Leitrim.
Music Generation Limerick City, Boris Hunka read more
He moved to Ireland in 2007 and has since held senior roles at the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Shannon International Music Festival, Limerick City Africa Day, Feile Eile and the Percussion Studio. He has also worked on projects for a range of festivals, including the Electric Picnic, Iniscealtra, Terryglass and Kinsale Arts Week. As a teacher and workshop leader he has recently worked with the National Children’s Choir, the ICO’s Sing Out with Strings project, Music Factory, Temple Bar Cultural Trust and the Ark Centre for Children, as well as numerous visits to schools and festivals and individual tuition. He continues to perform as multi-instrumentalist in a rage of genres.
Music Generation Louth, Gemma Murray read more
She has worked in the area of arts administration and management for nearly 20 years, previously holding several key positions within the music sector in Ireland, both north and south. Gemma also is qualified in the area of early-years music and in recent years has combined music teaching alongside her freelance work in arts management and consultancy.
Music Generation Mayo, Laurie Barrett read more
Laurie has experience teaching in her previous career as an ordained clergy and as a private music instructor. In 2015 she joined the Music Generation team of tutors, teaching all the brass instruments in conjunction with her position as bandmaster for the Foxford Brass and Reed Band. In 2017, Laurie received certification in musical conducting from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.
Music Generation Offaly / Westmeath, Margaret Broome read more
Margaret brings substantial and varied experience of music education in a number of contexts to Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, a project which will widen access to music education for children across the two counties.
Music Generation Sligo, Rhona McGrath read more
Having previously worked in the private sector, she brings to the role her expertise and experience in the areas of arts and music development, marketing, finance, management and the delivery of programmes in partnership with community and public sector organisations.
Music Generation South Dublin, Aideen McLaughlin read more
Previously, Aideen held the post of Resource Worker with Music Generation Carlow, where she worked both as member of the operational team and as a musician on the Early Years and Vocal programmes. Her key achievements in the role include directing the Borris Vocational School Music Generation Transition Year (TY) Choir for their 2013 composition project entitled Speranza, which was co-written with the TY students and renowned Irish contemporary composer Linda Buckley. Aideen also led the 2015 Music Generation Carlow collaborative project between Borris Vocational School and Irish composer, Glen Austin.
Aideen’s passion lies in choral music, and in recent years she has been a member of several award-winning choral groups including Carlow Young Artists’ Choir, the NUI Maynooth Chamber Choir, Schola Gregoriana Maynooth, The Academy Chamber Choir in Tullamore (awarded ‘Choir of the Year’ at the Navan Choral Festival 2012) and the Newbridge Gospel Choir.
Aideen acted as music facilitator with The Academy of Music in County Offaly from 2010-2013 where she taught piano, voice and pre-instrumental classes to children and young people. She coordinated weekly music classes for toddlers around the county and worked extensively with special needs groups during her time, as well as acting as Musical Director for various projects involving people with disabilities.
Music Generation Waterford, Shauna McCullough read more
Shauna brings a wealth of experience to Waterford having spent many years working with children and young people throughout Cork City and County in schools and community settings. She is a passionate advocate for community-based music education and creating opportunities for children and young people to access progressive pathways to begin life-long journeys within music education and performance. During her time at Music Generation Cork City she worked on a number of programmes and projects including ‘Bold as Brass’, ‘Brass Off!’, Cork Jazz Fringe Festival and the UNESCO Cities of Learning Conference.
Shauna has presented her MA Research at conferences including the Society for Music Education Ireland Conference (2014, 2016) and the 32nd Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow. Shauna was a lead artist in the pioneering research initiative ‘Exploring Teacher/Artist partnerships as a model for CPD supporting and enhancing Arts Education, initiated by the Association of Teacher Education Centres Ireland.
Music Generation Wexford, Katherine Atkinson read more
Katherine plays the violin, piano and sings. She managed youth arts and arts development for the Arts Council of South Australia, directed retail operations and PR for The Body Shop, and performed as a professional musician/actor in Australia, before moving to Ireland in the early 1990s where she continued to perform in both music and theatre.
From the National Concert Hall to the Skerries Soundwaves Festival with the Simon Quigley Ensemble, from Whelan’s to the Róisín Dubh with Ann Scott, from the Dave Murphy Songwriters Session to Anu Productions and from Lines of Negotiation: Mapping the Land at the Lexicon to the Dublin Live Art Festival, Katherine has performed in a range of settings across many genres.
Prior to taking up her role at Music Generation Wexford, Katherine worked for Create – the national development agency for collaborative arts – and on behalf of Create with the Arts Council, where she was manager and trainer for Extending Architecture: an Arts Council training and professional development initiative, and manager of the Artist in the Community Scheme. As part of her role, Katherine managed the Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture Community Based Programme.
Katherine holds an MA in Public Culture Studies from the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, a Diploma in Theatre and Drama Studies from NUI Maynooth and a Certificate of Music TAFE South Australia. She is a member of the Edges & Margins Collective, the Unitarian Choir and Visual Arts Ireland.
Music Generation Wicklow, Ann Catherine Nolan read more
Ann’s role will be to manage the implementation of the development plan for Music Generation Wicklow, rolling out additional capacity across all programmes including those in schools and community contexts. Ann is a qualified secondary teacher in the visual arts and also holds a qualification in project management.