St Martha’s Nursing Home Takes Part In Special National Music Performace

7/8/2023; Niamh Kavanagh and the Mobile Music Machine perform at Asgard Lodge Nursing Home in Arklow, Co Wicklow as part of Nursing Homes Week which is the annual celebration of nursing home care, taking place Monday 21st to Sunday 27th August this year. The theme for 2023’s celebrations is music. Pic credit; Julien Behal Photography

Residents at St Martha’s Nursing Home in Cahir are to participate in a special national music performance to mark Nursing Homes Week 2023. 

The Music Speaks broadcast, to take place Monday 21st August, will encompass performances from over 100 nursing home residents from over 30 nursing homes.

The contribution from St Martha’s will encompass: 

  • Rivers of Babylon – a collective performance by residents and staff  
  • Boys from the County Armagh – Resident Joan Ryan will sing with Margaret Childs, Healthcare Assistant
  • It’s a Long Way to Tipperary – Resident Marie McGrath will be singing 
  • At the End of the Day – Resident Joan Ryan will sing 
  • Staff member Christine Harding (Healthcare Assistant) will recite a staff reflection

The Music Speaks performance will be broadcast to over 400 nursing homes with 25,000 residents across the country and available for the broader public to watch via

The Music Speaks festival will include performances from Mobile Music Machine with Niamh Kavanagh, Sive, Ross Scanlon performs John McCormack and John Spillane. Further, performances from the Irish Traditional Music Archive will be provided to nursing home residents and an online discussion will be hosted discussing the impact of music on nursing home residents. 

Tadhg Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland CEO says Nursing homes are home to truly very special people, who are tremendous characters and have a rich legacy in song and music.