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In Pictures: Joyous scenes as Music Generation Laois entertain residents and staff at two Laois nursing homes

There were scenes of great joy at two Laois nursing homes over the weekend.

Members of Music Generation Laois spent two days aboard the Bandwagon for Bealtaine Festival 2021 in association with the Laois Arts Office.

They travelled to Shaen Hospital and St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit in Mountmellick where the staff and residents were treated to live music.

We’d almost certainly say that it was the first live gig to take place in the county for 14 months.

It was brilliant to see all the smiling faces and a spokesperson for Music Generation Laois thanked all who took part.

They said: “Well done to the band of Nuala Kelly, Denise Boyle and Mary Wisely and the singers from Mountmellick Men’s Shed.

“Also thanks to the residents and staff of both settings for such a brilliant musical and sociable experience.

“Lets hope this is the first of many outdoor live music experiences for Summer 2021.

“Music Generation Laois’s Nuala Kelly leads the Musical Memories project and the bandwagon was created by Laois School of Music for Electric Picnic 2019.

“Thank you also to Creative Ireland and Creative Ireland Laois for their support under the Creativity in Older Age Fund 2021.”

Check out some brilliant Alf Harvey pictures below:

St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit Mountmellick

Enjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Activities co-ordinator Margaret Lawlor encourages the residents to sing along with the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Nuala Kelly performing with the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Enjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Ray McEvoy performing a solo during the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Matthew Carroll performing a solo during the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Enjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Enjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Enjoying the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour with Mountmellick Men’s Shed Singers at St. Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, Mountmellick as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Shaen Hospital

The Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Denise Boyle performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Mary Wisely performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Denise Boyle, Nuala Kelly and Mary Wisely performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Nuala Kelly performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Denise Boyle, Nuala Kelly and Mary Wisely performing for the Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Denise Boyle, Rosa Flannery, Nuala Kelly, Martin Hibbitts and Mary Wisely from Music Generation Laois, Musical Memories Bandwagon Tour at St. Brigid’s Hospital Shaen as part of Bealtaine Festival 2021.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.