Anne-Marie Grogan is a Meath flute player from Ratoath. She grew up learning tin whistle and flute from Catherine Mc Evoy.Her father Hugh, from County Tyrone, plays the accordion and she learned a lot of her repertoire from him.
Her mother Bridget, from County Clare, also had a keen interest in music and encouraged her along the years.Anne-Marie was part of the band Cruinniu and travelled with them playing at various festivals in Ireland and abroad.
She lives in Ratoath and is a teacher in Dunboyne. She also teaches tin whistle and flute in Dunboyne and Rathmolyon.
The George Eogan Cultural and Heritage Centre is located in the heart of Nobber village in north county Meath. The centre is housed in what was formerly known as the “Old Church”, a Church of Ireland place of worship built in 1771 and deconsecrated in 1980. Adjacent to the centre is the ancient St. John’s Cemetery, an early medieval ecclesiastical site dating from the first millennium.
Over the years the Old Church and the cemetery had become neglected and uncared for. In 2004, St. John’s Old Cemetery Restoration Group was formed and became a registered charity made up entirely of volunteers from the local community. The committee’s main objectives are the conservation, restoration and maintenance of St. John’s Old Cemetery and the development of a heritage centre in the Old Church.
Maebh Ní Raghallaigh is a young concertina player from county meath. She comes from a large musical family, which has greatly influenced and inspired her throughout her life. As a teenager she competed successfully at a high level in Fleadhanna and Gael Linns 'Siansa'. Since 2016 she has performed both here and abroad as part of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, with a sell-out Irish tour as part of Michael Rooneys 1916 'Macalla' during the Easter Rising commemorations. More recently she was part of Rooneys 'Famine Suite', and Tom Doorleys 'Legacy' and the 'Oriel Wave', as well as at the Festival Interceltique in L'Orient where her artwork was also part of a Celtic Art Exhibition. She has spent the last number of years teaching concertina in various locations including Scoil Acla and Scoil Éigse