On Sunday, 16th October 2011 at 8.00pm the composer and musician Ronan McDonagh will perform in concert with Fuaimlaoi as part of the ongoing Cathedral events to promote and fund the Cathedral Organ Restoration Project.


The programme will feature a broad range of scriptural settings from the group’s distinctive repertory. Fuaimlaoi will be joined on this occasion by a guest string quartet.

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October 16th




Ten Euro (Donation)

About Fuaimlaoi

Fuaimlaoi was formed by Ronan McDonagh in 2006 to promote and develop liturgical music that grows out of Ireland’s native tradition.  For two hours the audience can enjoy music that is based on Scripture texts – particularly psalms, hymns, Irish prayers and poetry in a musical style that is fluent, natural and melodic.

Fuaim Laoi 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: Fuiam which means sound and laoi which means an old epic narrative poem, lyric or canticle.  The aim in linking both is to evoke a sense of the sound of their ancient spiritual song.  A wide range of vocal and instrumental colour is used to bring Scripture texts to life.  Sean-nós singing, plainsong, sacred polyphonic choral music and traditional Irish instrumental music comprise much of the elements of their music.

Ronan McDonagh is a native of Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo where at an early age he began piano tuition and subsequently became immersed in traditional Irish music, winning numerous All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann and Slógadh.  Ronan and Fuaimlaoi are based at St. Teresa’s Church in Clarendon Street, Dublin.  Since 1990, he has held the full-time position of Organise and Director of Music at St. Teresa’s Church, and in recent years he has become widely known as a composer of liturgical music.  His compositions include instrumental music, Mass settings, unison hymns and psalms, homophonic and polyphonic choral pieces, and challenging contemporary motets for advanced choirs.  Many of his compositions have been published in Ireland by Veritas and Carmelite Publications, while GIA (Gregorian Institute of America) has published some of his choral works in the United States.

Carlow Cathedral recently restored its pipe organ and the organ is now a stunning work both musically and visually.  The restoration of the organ is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Karel Seeldrayers (1908-1996) who was director of music for Carlow Cathedral, organist and choirmaster of Carlow Cathedral for 36 years, 1941-1977.  This concert forms part of a series of concerts designed to showcase the pipe organ, which is considered one of music’s greatest inventions.

The concert with Ronan McDonagh and Fuaimlaoi on Sunday, 16th October in Carlow Cathedral at 8.00pm promises to be a night that will present many special musical pieces.  Tickets can be obtained from the Cathedral Parish Office, College Street, Carlow, Tel: 059 9164087, or on the night at the door. 

For Further information, please contact:

Bernard Gerraghty

Carlow Cathedral Parish Office

Tel:         059 9164087

Email:    bernard@carlowcathedral.ie


Elaine Callinan

PR Consultant

Cathedral Restoration Project

Tel: 059 9147930/087 6901400