School of Music
Trish Lafferty (Henry)
Trish comes from a very musical family and plays the piano, tin whistle and piano accordion. She teaches music part-time and runs music workshops for children with disability and autism. Trish finds it is so rewarding to see her students’ progress and enjoy playing traditional music. She hopes to be still teaching music when she’s 90!
Annah has been playing music for over 9 years. She plays the tin whistle and the fiddle and has completed grade 6 in traditional fiddle under the instruction of Roisin McGrory. Annah won the Donegal Fleadh U12 and was a part of Fleadh groups until she was 18. She has played all over Donegal and enjoys playing at sessions during the summer.
Matthew is a 19 year old singer songwriter from Culdaff, Donegal. He has played the lead role in school musicals and represented the North West Regional College in various music competitions. He gigs regularly and loves teaching guitar in Spraoi agus Spórt. It has opened a whole new aspect of music that he previously never considered and one that he thoroughly enjoys.
B.A. in Humanities (Music & English) St Patrick’s College
Royal Irish Academy of Music Senior Certificate (Piano and Voice)
Two Royal Irish Academy High Achiever Awards (Piano and Singing)
Postgraduate in Primary Education
Associate Diploma (Piano and Singing)
Figure Notes method of music education.
Catherine studied Music and English in St. Patricks College. She was a member of the University Choir and performed as a soloist singer and piano accompanist during her time there. She has also performed at the Royal Irish Academy regional concert on piano. She has been trained in Figure Notes method of Music Education whereby people with various special needs learn music notation through symbol and colour. Her undergraduate dissertation explored this method of music education and the successful implementation of the programme.
Associate of the London College of Music (Piano)
Associate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (Piano)
Dip. Comm. Music (Northern Ireland Open College Network)
Eleanor has been teaching piano, electronic keyboard and recorder since 1980 and has entered many pupils successfully for grade exams, feiseanna and local concerts and recitals. In 1995 she founded “Simply Music”, a Community Music organisation based in Buncrana, Co. Donegal, where she was instrumental in developing a music workshop methodology and practice for all sections of the community, young and old, mainstream and special needs. The hallmark of Simply Music was experimentation and exploration of how sound is produced.
Boogie Bugs (Babies & Toddlers Music Class)
Bernie began playing music as a small child under the tuition of Dinny McLaughlin and as a teenager, switched from fiddle and whistle to guitar and writing her own music. Bernie has written music for both children and adults and her children’s music has been recorded on CD. She set up her own music and movement group in 2011 catering for all ages. It has grown from strength to strength and now incorporates an innovative annual anti-bullying project. Bernie is the music facilitator for the Playhouse Theatre's summer arts festival in Derry and also for the Donegal Library services book and arts festival. She has performed at the Stendhal Festival and the Sunflower Festival in Northern Ireland.
B.A. in Music and Ethnomusicology Queen’s University
Member of the Henry Girls (An award winning group)
Lorna McLaughlin is a musician from Malin, Co Donegal. She plays piano, accordion, Bodhrán and tin whistle but has a particular interest in singing. She is a freelance musician who has worked on countless projects over the years including The Inishowen Carnival Group (band leader), Inishowen Gospel Choir (co-founder and co-choir leader), Live Music Now (workshop facilitator and performer), backing singer (RTE television), Donegal ETB (tutor since 2005) and Simply Music (workshop facilitator). Lorna together with her two sister are the Henry Girls. Lorna has toured with the group internationally since 2008 and to date they have recorded five albums. They have performed at some of the world's top festivals including Glastonbury, Celtic Connections and Milwaukee Irish Festival.
Children with a disability
BSc Early Years Health, Care and Education from LYIT.
In her role as a Leader for the Youth Club for Children with a Disability, Maria organises a range of fun and creative activities for the children to participate in during their time at the club.
Maria works as a Home Tutor for children with Autism and she teaches Speech and Drama with the Karen Murphy School of Speech and Drama. Maria has a passion and flair for arts and crafts type activities and facilitates numerous workshops in this field.
Primary School Teacher
Maura Monagle lives and teaches in Malin, Co Donegal. She is especially interested in language and literacy for four to six year olds having taught infants for most of her teaching career. Maura has considerable experience working with children of different disabilities. She is also involved in the "July Provision Programme". Maura enjoys planning activities which will inspire and give enjoyment to the children and she recently attended a storytelling course with "Best Tellers" in Copenhagen.
BSc Early Years Health, Care and Education from LYIT.
In his role as a Leader for the Youth Club for Children with a Disability, Eoghan develops and delivers a range of fun and creative workshops for children with a disability, his speciality is messy play!
Eoghan is currently employed as a leader in an outdoor crèche with responsibility for organising and delivering a range of different workshops for children of all ages and varying needs.
MSc (Hons) Health, Exercise & Nutrition
John Doherty is the owner of a swimming and health and fitness business. He is a qualified Teacher, Personal Trainer, Swim Instructor and Coach. Through his business he enjoys helping people to improve their health, fitness and well-being through active involvement in physical activity and he has extensive experience working with children with different disabilities.
Bsc Health & Sports Studies
Sta Level 1 Swim Teaching
Sta Level 2 Swim Teaching
Sta Parent & Toddler Swim Teacher
Safeguarding Children Certificate
Tara runs her own Swim School in Malin called Splash Swim Schools and provides a variety of lessons covering all ages and abilities including Aqua aerobics. She provides weekly swim lessons to children with a disability through Spraoi agus Spórt during the school year.
Tara has a passion for teaching swimming and improving the mobility in kids of all disabilities. She is married with 2 children and lives in Carndonagh.
After School Clubs
B.A. Primary Education
Maria is currently employed as a primary school teacher in St. Patrick's Girls' N.S. Carndonagh teaching 3rd class. Maria organise and facilitates the Club Gaeilge class – an after-school club designed to give children an opportunity to use Irish outside the classroom. Maria volunteers at the Youth Club for Children with a Disability something which she really enjoys. Maria enjoys playing the piano, reading books, walking and spending time with her family and friends.
Degree in Dance Performance
Post Graduate Certificate in Dance Education
Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance
Professional Certificate in Dance from MIAET
Certified Pilates instructor
BSc in Nutrition and Food Science
Jessica Peoples began ballet class at the age of three in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She was introduced to contemporary dance and choreography in high school; and continued her dance training first at Scottsdale College before transferring to the prestigious University Of The Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she studied ballet, contemporary and jazz daily. Jessica trained with phenomenal, world renowned instructors such as LaVaughn Robinson, Wayne St. Denis, Andrew Pap and Ruth Andrien. She participated in many dance projects including Cultural Connection through the Arts, American College Dance Festival and a Multi-Artist project incorporating visual and performing artists.
Level 1 Swim Instructor
Level 2 Swim Instructor
Lifeguard under RLSS
Parent/Baby and Parent/Toddler Instructor under STA
Safeguarding with Children in Sport
Aqua Fitness Instructor
Donna runs the Atlantic Swim School a registered swimming school in Ireland operating from Inishowen Gateway Health & Fitness Club in Buncrana. They provide swimming instruction for all ages through their Little Dolphins swim programme, Private lessons (1-1) and Group lessons.
Dance and Movement training
Denise has been practicing yoga since ‘99 and completed her first teacher training in 2004. Since then she has completed 500hr teacher training, yoga for kids, yoga therapy, yoga for the special child, pre-natal yoga and she is currently enrolled in an advanced teacher training programme with Lisa Peterson and Davit Curtis two senior Yinyasa style yoga teachers based in Dublin. Her style of yoga derives from a number of great teachers including the Sivananda school where she spent some time in India. Her focus is on being with the breath and coming into the body. Denise suggests that yoga is a way to access a deeper level of self than what we are normally taught to recognise. She believes in the message of the great sage Patanjali, – Future Suffering is Avoidable.
International Association of Infant Massage 2009
Baby Yoga Instructor Level 1 & 2 Diploma
Toddler Yoga Instructor
I trained with the International Association of Infant Massage in 2009 whilst working as a health promotion officer in a Liverpool sure start children’s centre. I then trained with Birthlight as a Baby Yoga instructor gaining level 1 diploma in 2010. From there I spent a year in South Korea teaching English in a kindergarten. On my return to Donegal I completed my level 2 in Baby yoga in 2012 and in 2015 I completed Toddler yoga training gaining certification as a practitioner in baby yoga.
Paul Kelly is musician, actor and artist studying in LYIT. He has just completed year 2 in animation. He intends to draw on all his tools to help to make his workshop a fun, an educational and inspirational experience for the children attending.
Grace is a primary school teacher working between St. Patrick’s Girls National School and St. Patrick’s Boys National School. She is also a tutor with Hibernia Teacher Training College in History and Science and is head of the primary Geography department. She loves the Irish language and is an active member of the GAA.
MA Dance Performance
BA Irish Music & Dance
Teresa became a Dancepl3y Instructor in 2014 when she spent some time traveling in Canada. She quickly moved on to become a Master Trainer for the program and is now the only European based International Instructor and Master Trainer. She facilitates weekly local classes in Donegal but also runs Instructor training weekends throughout the year. Teresa also travels with several Irish dance shows internationally throughout the year.
My name is Daniel Gallanagh, I have been surfing for 30+ years in places like Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South America and I feel a definite connection with the ocean. I have been surfing and lifeguarding in Ireland for 20+ years.
Inishowen Surf School has been running since 2004, I love surfing so much and thought it would be the perfect thing to offer in Inishowen so I started the surf school. We have catered for Schools, Teams, Business Groups, Parties, Conflict Resolution Groups, Cross Border Groups, Local People and People on Holidays. Inishowen has some of the safest beaches in Ireland making them suitable for learning how to surf and to progress in surfing.
Bébhinn Coady Mullins
Since moving home to Clonmany in 2004, Bébhinn spent most of her time volunteering with the young people in her local village. Bébhinn identified a need for Arts and Crafts classes for young people in the Clonmany area. This is where her journey began; before she took the brave step with the support of many parents and started presenting classes in Buncrana, Quigley's Point, Greencastle, Carndonagh, Manorcunningham, and Letterkenny and further afield throughout Donegal and before she knew it she was running a successful art & crafts business - Left For Love Crafts & Creations.