Our 10th Birthday!

We were beyond excited to present Music Generation Cork City’s 10th Birthday Celebration at The Everyman Theatre on Monday 21st November 2022. 

This was a celebratory event featuring a specially commissioned short film (created by Seán Downey) and a variety of fantastic live music performances by young people involved in MGCC programmes, alumni and our team of musician-educators, including the incredible specially commissioned anthem and grand finale performance ‘Music Gives Me A Reason‘!

Hosted by special guest MC Laura O’Mahony, and featuring special guest performers Rebel Brass, this 10th birthday event was the most fantastic celebration of the people, the talent, community, music and pure joy at the heart of Music Generation Cork City!

Presented in partnership with The Kabin Studio, GMCBeats Cork Academy of Music, Creative Tradition, Music Mash Up, The Hut Youth Project CDYS/Youth Work Ireland, Mahon Youth Development Project UBU (Foróige), Athrú Collective, Foróige Linkpoint Knocknaheeny, Barrack Street Band, Music in Community (MiC) and Cork Community Gamelan (with UCC). 

Here is the event programme we distributed at the show (for a free copy of this printed booklet, you can contact us at musicgencorkcity@corketb.ie ) :


Check out the event photos HERE and videos on our facebook, instagram and twitter.

For details on the ‘Music Gives me a Reason’ FILM, see here: https://musicgenerationcorkcity.com/10-year-film/

For details on the ‘Music Gives me a Reason’ SONG & MUSIC VIDEO, see here: https://musicgenerationcorkcity.com/10-year-song/

Thank you for celebrating our first 10 years with us, and we look forward to the next 10 and beyond!


Event Credits:

10th Birthday Event at The Everyman
21st November 2022

Event Production / Management
Produced by:

Aoibheann Carey-Philpott, MGCC (Production Manager)
Aida Whooley, MGCC
Claire Layton, MGCC

Stage and Sound Management:
Brian Oglanby
Arran MacGabhann
Rory McGovern
Ben Janning
Stephen Manning

Special guest MC
Laura O’Mahony

Special guests performers
Rebel Brass
Seán Downey - Director, Filmmaker and Editor
Aida Whooley – Concept Development, Production Manager and Interviewer
Aoibheann Carey-Philpott - Archive Footage Coordinator and Interviewer
Claire Layton - MGCC Production Support and Interviews
Alex Brady – Film and Sound Editor
Garry McCarthy – Assistance with Sound Editing
Full film credits HERE

Live performances 

 Back to Black’ and ‘Happier Than Ever’ by Mahon Community Pop Academy (Cork Academy of Music) 
and Foróige Mahon UBU (Music Mash Up)

‘Lochaber Badger’ & ‘Ratlin Bog’ (traditional tunes arranged by Jason Turk & Jessie Cawley) 
by children from Scoil ĺosagáin (Farranree) and Scoil Mhuire Fatima (North Mon), and Club Ceoil Knocknaheeny. 
Presented by Creative Tradition and Cork Academy of Music

‘Timber’ by Mahon Community Concert Band (Cork Academy of Music)

‘Shine Through’ by Misneach and a rap medley by Luke & Ellen, Kabin Crew & Rebecca. 
Presented by The Kabin Studio, GMCBeats and The Hut Youth Project CDYS.

‘Brooklyn' by special guests Rebel Brass

Grand Finale Performance:
‘Music Gives Me a Reason’
Produced by: Garry McCarthy, Rory McGovern
Songwriters: Garry McCarthy, Rory McGovern, Sophie McCarthy, Rosaleen Brady, Cara Cullen, Darren Stewart, 
Aaron Hennessy, Coben Cullen, Jamie Forde, Ellen Martin, Luke Martin.
Brass Arrangement: Rory McGovern, Garry McCarthy & Rebel Brass
Performed by: Sophie McCarthy, Rosaleen Brady, Cara Cullen, Róisín Cullinane, Darren Stewart, Aaron Hennessy, 
Coben Cullen, Jamie Forde, Ellen Martin, Luke Martin, Rebel Brass, Cillian McSweeney and members of 
Music Mash Up, Athrú Collective, Foróige Linkpoint Knocknaheeny, Mahon Youth Development Project UBU (Foróige), 
The Hut Youth Project CDYS, Mahon Community Pop Academy (Cork Academy of Music) and Creative Tradition
Further details HERE

Programme Booklet

Design: Jamie Hanrahan
Print: Jim Morrish CMJ Print
Photography: Clare Keogh/ Darragh Kane/ Brian Lougheed/Jim Coughlan/Diane Cusack/ Wayne J. Forde/ 
Finbarr Barry/ Garry McCarthy/ Rosie Barrett/ Brendan Canty/MGCC Team/ Dave Keegan

Sincere thank you to Evelyn Grant and to Togher Boys’ N.S. for the use of their school halla for our rehearsal.


Music Generation Cork City Office Team: 
Claire Layton, Music Development Officer
Aida Whooley, Resource Worker
Aoibheann-Carey Philpott, Resource Worker

Musician Educator Team (2022): 
Michael Mullins; Mick Long; Jimmy Hynes; Louise Sheehan; Gemma Coultis; Eóin Leahy; Clodagh Kearney; 
Aoife O'Donovan; Tom Mulcahy; Jason Turk; Andrew Moran; Mark Kelleher; Stephen Manning; Johnny Houlihan; 
Rory McGovern; Sean Murphy; Karl Nesbitt; Jessica Cawley; Paul Clesham; Joe Philpott; Ben Janning; Amy McNamara; 
Garry McCarthy; Raphael Olympio; Caoimhe Barry; Kelly Boyle

And everyone that has worked with us over the past 10 years

Providers and Programme Partners:
Dr Jessica Cawley (Creative Tradition); Billy O’Callaghan (Barrack Street Band and Cork Academy of Music); 
Joe Philpott and Adrian O’Mahony (Music in Community); Garry McCarthy (GMCBeats) and all the crew at The Kabin Studio; 
Dr Kelly Boyle (Cork Community Gamelan with UCC) and Eamon Nash (Music Mash Up)

With support from: Joe Curtin (The Hut Youth Project CDYS); Deirdre Dennigan, Niall, Ger and Martina at 
Foróige Mayfield; Ber and Noelle Foróige Linkpoint UBU Knocknaheeny; Denise Cahalane Mahon Youth Development Project UBU

Further acknowledgements

A sincere thank you to:

The CCMEP Executive Committee, Rosaleen Molloy and all at the Music Generation National Development Office; Evelyn Grant; 
Rebel Brass; Laura O’Mahony, The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Deirdre Forde; The entire team at The Everyman; Cork Volunteer Centre; 
Elaine Duggan and Jen Horgan, The Echo; Elmarie Mawe, PJ Coogan, 96FM; Dave Mac, Red FM, Clare Keogh, Photographer; Liz Moynihan,
Principal of Tramore Road Campus and all at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa; Cathy Buckley; our colleagues at Cork ETB;  Naomi Masheti, 
Fionnuala O’Connell and all at Cork Migrant Centre; Cork Midsummer Festival, especially Lorraine, Allyson and Susan; 
Graffiti Theatre Company; Bob Seward; Cork Academy of Music; Cork City Libraries, Elizabeth McNamara and all at Hollyhill Library, 
Helen McGonagle and Patricia Looney at Central Library; Rachel Coffey and Gina Miyagawa of Traveller Visibility Group Cork, 
Musical Neighbourhoods

To all of you that have supported Music Generation Cork City in any way, go raibh míle maith agaibh.

Music Generation Cork City is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, 
co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and The Department of Education, and locally in partnership with Cork ETB, Cork City Council, 
The HSE, MTU and UCC.


This event was made possible by the Music Generation Creativity and Collaboration Fund with special support from the Department of Education.

Our 10th Birthday! – Music Generation Cork City