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About Fuaimlaoi 


Fuaimlaoi was formed by Ronan McDonagh in 2006 to promote and develop liturgical music that grows out of our native tradition. Based at St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin, it comprises a dynamic group of talented and committed singers and instrumentalists who have a keen interest in both liturgical music and Irish culture.


The name Fuaimlaoi is a poetic joining of two Irish words: fuaim - meaning sound, and laoi - an old epic narrative poem, lyric or canticle. Linking both evokes a sense of the sound of our native spiritual song.


Ronan McDonagh KSG

Ronan is a native of Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. At an early age he became immersed in traditional Irish music, winning All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and Slógadh. His organ studies began at the Schola Cantorum, St Finian’s College, Mullingar, and continued with Professor Gerard Gillen at Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. He has obtained a BMus degree from UCD, a Masters Degree in the Performance and Interpretation of Organ Music from NUI Maynooth, and holds the Performance Licentiate of Trinity College, London.


Since 1990, Ronan has held the full time position of Organist and Director of Music at St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin. He is widely known as a liturgical music composer, with many of his compositions published in Ireland and in the United States.

Awarded a Papal Knighthood by the Holy See for services to church music, Ronan was invested into the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG) in 2021.

 Fuaimlaoi Members

Rosie Cameron

Patrice Davern

Naomi Dunleavy (Violin)

Hannah Evans

Ellen Fair

Frances Fallon

Deirdre Kearns

Assumpta Lawless

Sharon Lyons

Niamh Moloney

Sinéad Murdock
Caoimhe Ní Ainle (Flute)
Kerrie O’Connor (Flute)

Karen O’Donovan

Katie O'Flaherty
Jacinta Scully
Ray Cotter
Andy Green
Martin Kelly
Tomás Kenny
Simon Orrock

Eoin Shanahan
Michael Sherman
Will Woods

Video Gallery

Fuaimlaoi and Ronan McDonagh - At The End Of The Sky - Online Launch

Fuaimlaoi and Ronan McDonagh - At The End Of The Sky - Online Launch

At the End of the Sky - A New Collection of Liturgical Music from Ronan McDonagh and Fuaimlaoi Available from 00:00 Intro 02:22 I will proclaim your love in the morning 03:43 A Íosa, glan mo chroíse 05:02 Ó Raghallaigh's grave/By the rivers of Babylon 06:34 Caoineadh na dtrí Muire 09:34 A saviour has been born this holy night 10:44 Alleluia, tell of his wonderful deeds 11:55 Blind Mary 13:31 Even in the darkness, you are near 16:21 The just shall find their rest 17:33 A Mhuire na ngrás 18:43 Seacht ndólás na Maighdine 20:45 The heavens proclaim the glory of God 23:07 Rug Muire mac do Dhia At The End Of The Sky follows on from Ancient Promise of 2010, and like the earlier collection, it comprises a book of music scores and a CD by Fuaimlaoi. It presents Biblical psalms, native prayers, sacred laments, hymns and airs in a musical style that draws inspiration from sean-nós singing, plainsong, traditional Irish instrumental music and sacred polyphonic choral music. Fuaimlaoi’s second recording brings to life original compositions and traditional arrangements of Ronan McDonagh, providing insight into all aspects of interpretation and performance. We hope the collection will be a useful resource for church choirs wishing to access new material and that it will encourage the integration of our native Irish tradition within the liturgy. Fuaimlaoi, May 2021 Visuals & Film Editing: Kairos Communications
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