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Monaghan Network in Keady

On Thursday, February 15th members of Monaghan Community Network visited the Tommy Makem Srts and Cultural Centre in Keady as part of the Cross Community Engagement programme and the Cultural Awareness Programme delivered by Monaghan County Council through the Community Network and supported by the European Union PEACE IV programme managed by the SEUPB. The night began with music and song followed by a very interesting talk on the history of Keady and surrounding area given by local historian and story-teller, John Makem. The closeness of Keady to the Monaghan countryside meant a close resemblance of the history and Irish life of the last couple of centuries. John made it even more enjoyable with his regular insertions of wit and fairy stories. Of course John, being the nephew of the famed Tommy Makem, spoke of the life and times of Tommy and his life of music, song and story. It was very interesting to get such a personal glimpse at the man - Tommy Makem - and one can appreciate his music all the more by understanding the man. The music and song on the night was provided by four excellent performers which included, Gerry Makem, Tom Makem, Robbie McGleenan and Edelle McMahon and time went all too quickly as all were enjoying the wonderful entertainment. To finish off the night refreshments were served and the chat went on for quite a while. This is a wonderful Centre and well worth a visit if you ever have the opportunity.