She’s performed in Carnegie Hall with The Chieftains – in February she’ll be performing for you!

She’s performed in Carnegie Hall with The Chieftains – in February she’ll be performing for you!

Press Release: by Eleanor McGillie of MGMPR Ltd

She’s from Tuam in County Galway, she’s living in County Tyrone and we are lucky to have her as our Head of Music. Singer/songwriter Mairéad Duffy, is not only helping plan An Evening of Celebration but she’s also performing on stage.

Some say she sounds quite like Tori Amos and others hear a little bit of Kate Bush but this Galway Girl has not only made her mark on stages up and down the country but also in New York City where she performed in Carnegie Hall with none other than The Chieftains.

Mairéad Duffy is Head of Music here at St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon. Her sound is fresh and contemporary and her piano and harp driven songs display a thoughtful and curious approach which intrigues.

For the last 22 years she has led a vibrant music department – she was Head of Music in the Girls’ Academy from 1995 to 2003 and then in St Patrick’s Academy from 2003 to the present day.

Mairéad is a graduate of the University of Ulster and past chair of TOSINI-teachers of singing in Ireland.

She has performed in Carnegie Hall, New York with The Chieftains, as a member of the Belfast Harp Orchestra, and, in January 2016, Mairéad brought members of the Academy Senior Choir there to perform Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers.

Her musical direction credits include: West Side Story, Our Day Out, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie, The Secret Garden, Seussical the Musical, The Song of Mark, All Shook Up, Les Misérables and We will rock you.

She has played the roles of Maria in The Sound of Music and Mrs Johnston in Blood Brothers. She was vocal leader for the Belfast International Festival production of Actors Touring Company’s The Suppliant Women in October 2016 and the same production for the Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2017.

Having inspired many students throughout her teaching career in the Academy she released her own debut album, Silver Tin House, as a singer songwriter in December 2016.

We are delighted to have Mairead perform at An Evening of Celebration. Also performing on the evening are Broadway actor Fra Fee, composer and musician Ryan Molloy, winner of The Voice UK Andrea Begley, sporano Gemma Prince, baritone Karl McGuckin, brothers Ronan and Ruairi Stewart of Cúig and the band, 3’s A Crowd.

There will be a five course meal, guest speakers, an auction and a raffle and it’s a great opportunity too to network. So get your friends together and come along to what will be a fantastic evening.

All proceeds from this evening will go towards the running costs of the school and will ensure  the school’s management team, teaching staff and pupils can continue to focus on achieving excellence together.

This is a ticketed only event. To secure a table or book individual tickets contact [email protected]. The school is also welcoming expressions of interest from past pupils who have an interest in joining St Patrick’s Academy Alumni Association.

* Artists are subject to changing availability*




Notes To Editor:

  • St Patrick’s Academy was established in 1891 and is a voluntary grammar school based in Dungannon, Co Tyrone. The new £27million school will be opened in Spring 2018 after An Evening of Celebration and the launch of the Academy Alumni Association (AAA).
  • For further information contact Eleanor McGillie of MGMPR Ltd on 028 3756 9569 | 07709805379 | | Public Relations Northern Ireland | Public Relations UK | Brand Journalism Northern Ireland | Brand Journalism UK | Brand Journalism Experts