Dundalk take over The Hague!

Dundalk musician Rosie Murphy has spoken about her experience of playing the harp in The Hague for newly appointed ambassador, Brendan Rogers who grew up in Seatown.

The 21-year-old from St Mary’s Road is a former St Vincent’s Secondary School student and Wesley College student.

“I’m currently studying music in the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. I started last year, this is my second year now,” said Rosie.
The accomplished musician is the daughter of harpist, Emer Kenny. Rosie began learning the harp when she was just nine-years-old.

“My mother taught me. I also study composition and enjoy composing my own music,” she said.
Rosie played the harp at the Irish Embassy in The Hague on Wednesday, December 8 for the new ambassador, Brendan Rogers, who is also from Dundalk.

“At the event, Brendan had to present his credentials from the President of Ireland to the King of the Netherlands,” she said.
“It made me really proud of where I come from. Brendan grew up in Seatown and I grew up on St Mary’s Road. It was a really nice ceremony.
“I got the gig in The Hague because I played in No 10 Downing Street earlier this month. It was a great experience.”

She added: “I got the Downing Street gig because I was involved in a project over the summer for mentorship.
“The programme was called ‘21 Artists for the 21st Century’. I was mentored by Neil Martin and my compositions were chosen to be performed at No 10 Downing Street and St James’s Palace.”

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