A ‘sense of place’ pervade Deirdre Power’s practice embodied in socially and visual communication. As a photographer, she maintains a constant presence in and around Limerick documenting, recording and developing upon established partnerships with agencies such as Limerick City Department of Environment, EVA International, Open House, Civic Trust, Liveable Limerick, Smart Cities, Curragower Boat Club, Ilen Project and the many communitìes that inform our social history.
Aisling Ní Cheallaigh
Aisling Ní Cheallaigh is an Irish aerialist who has worked with a conglomerate of companies and coaches including Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, Ether Productions and Taking Flight. She delights in flight and movement and while she specialises in aerial hoop, she is also an expert dabbler in Rope, Fabric and Doubles Trapeze.
Video & Animation
Philip Shanahan is an experienced Video Editor who works primarily in advertising and film. Skilled in Video Editing, Colour Correction, Dialogue Editing/Audio Mixing, Photography, Computer Animation, and Graphic Design. He has a BSc in Video and Sound Technology from Limerick Institute of Technology and is also a Learning Support Tutor at Limerick Institute of Technology.
ICO Principal Cellist
ICO Principal Cellist Christian Elliott is sought after as chamber musician, soloist, orchestral player. Cellist with the prestigious Zehetmair Quartet, the Phoenix Piano Trio, he is a founding member of the Raeburn Quartet. A talented composer, he has premiered his own works, commissioned by Steven Isserlis and Ruth Killius.
Filmmaker Michelle Ryan specializes in documentary and BTS content for Film & TV. She is founder and manager of EPIK MEDIA, producers of promotional creative content in Ireland and the UK. Michelle has worked in film and creative advertising in New York City, London and Ireland; producing a host of creative BTS, EPK and marketing material for clients such as Universal, Showtime, Working Title, NBC, SYFY, BBC, PBS, Blinder Films, Playground Entertainment and RTÉ.
Jimmy Smyth is one of Ireland’s finest guitarists, a Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter performing rock, blues, jazz, and country. His band The Bogey Boys recording several singles and two albums together. He produced albums for The Spirit of Eden, Bonnie Tyler, Toni Childs, Rob Strong, Don Baker and Frances Black. He has recorded and played with Roger Daltrey, Curtis Stigers, Chaka Khan, Lisa Stansfield, Van Morrison, and Reba McEntire. He is Head of Guitar studies at the BIMM institute in Dublin and is a much sought-after musician.
Karrie O’Sullivan Holmes
Kerry native Karrie O’Sullivan Holmes’s latest album Home Thoughts is creating quite a stir! Produced by Jimmy Smyth, together they perform a series of covers, which were recorded remotely. In the past Karrie has had top five singles in Ireland, she has toured with Declan O’Rourke, Mick Flannery, Mary Coughlan, and Rumer. She also trains and breaks horses at home in Kerry.
ICO violinist Kenneth Rice has immersed himself in multiple genres of music from pop/rock to jazz and traditional folk and back again to classical and baroque. He has performed on over 900 major release tracks and his arrangements and compositions feature on numerous albums, radio theme tunes and advertisements. He runs his own online recording and arranging company Cyberstrings.com
Paul Ashe Browne
Sound engineer Paul Ashe Browne has had a long career in the Irish music business and works with the ICO on recording its monthly concerts.
Dominik Kosicki is an award-winning filmmaker, DoP and Steadicam operator. His company Red Paw Media provided clients with a wide range of high-quality products. He has worked with the ICO over many years.
Judi Curtin is the best-selling author of the Alice and Megan series, the Eva series and much more. Her Time After Time series is about Beth and Molly, accidental time-travelling best friends. Judi Curtin won the Irish Book Award Senior 2017 for Stand by Me. Lily at Lisadell was short-listed for the Irish Children’s (Senior) Book of the Year 2019.
Aoife Nic Athlaoich
ICO cellist Aoife Nic Athlaoich enjoys a versatile musical career, equally at home playing on period instruments as performing newly commissioned works. Aoife currently teaches at the Cork school of Music. A mum to two small children, she excels at stories at bedtime!
Cork born composer Sam Perkin is a graduate of CIT Cork School of Music and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, France. HE was awarded the prestigious Prix Salabert for Composition from the Conservatoire in 2016 and was awarded The Next Generation Bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland (2017). Wave is an attempted self-cure for tinnitus and is the fruit of a bountiful collaboration between the ICO and the composer, supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
Wildlife film maker, Naturalist and Outdoor Educationalist
Since 1990, Vincent Hyland has been recording the areas coastal plant and animal biodiversity above and below water. He possesses the single biggest photographic, audio and video archive available to the area. This ‘document’ is a valuable record of the area’s changing biodiversity. Over the past 8 years he has provided outdoor education to adults, parents and children at Derrynane in all aspects of the areas’ unique habitats and dependent wildlife.
Simon Thompson is the Artistic Director at Clown Noir, freelance artist and director since 1987, also a PhD Candidate, University Limerick “Creative Pedagogy through Mask and Clown”. He is a Lecturer Below the Bar, University Limerick “M.A. Festive Arts”: (Festival Management, Curating, Culture and Performance, and Research & Discovery Modules). Simon is the Director of Education for Clowns International, Founder and Chair of Limerick Fringe Festival, Board Member of Spleodar Arts Festival, Panellist for the Arts Council of Ireland (Circus and Street Arts).