New Song & Video for Drug Awareness Month 2017

Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) have launched a brand new track & music video for Drug Awareness Month 2017. This track and video was produced by Garry McCarthy from GMCBeats. The track was created and written by young people, aged between 15-18, who attend the weekly ‘Rap, Songwriting & Beats’ group, every Tuesday at YWIC in The Hut. Young people in this group received information from a number of drug & alcohol workshops that where delivered by the local Drugs Worker, Therese Spillane & Youth Worker Joe Curtin.

This project was funded by the Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force. The aim of Cork Drug & Alcohol Awareness Month is to raise awareness and signpost information so that communities, families and professionals know where to go for assistance or information on drug and alcohol services. People are encouraged to attend relevant events and to promote these events to service users, community members and professionals. A number of events will be taking place throughout the month including the launch of this new track and music video ‘Blacken My Soul’.

Young people from YWIC decided to educate their peers about the dangers of drug abuse. The young people attended extra workshops facilitated by the local drugs worker where they discussed the different issues that affect people who abuse drugs. The group also met with a person who was in recovery and has a first-hand experience of the dangers of drug abuse. He spoke about his life and experiences and while it shocked the young people, it inspired some of the lyrics on this track. The young people wrote and created a rap song about their learnings, and the negative consequences drug use can have on a person’s life.
Youth Work Ireland Cork is a community based not for profit youth organisation based in Gurruanabraher/Churchfield in the Northside of Cork City. YWIC’s aim is to provide a community based response to young people’s needs by offering them the opportunity to contribute to and participate in social education, artistic and recreational activities. The work of YWIC is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Cork Education and Training Board, Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Service & is also supported by Music Generation Cork City. Youth Work Ireland Cork supports a number of projects including the Art & Creativity – Youth Work Ireland Cork & UP Cork LGBT Youth Project.

Urban Music (Rap & Beats) Summer Camp

GMCBeats Workshops is running a 5 day music summer camp in partnership with Music Generation Cork City from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th of July.

Write your own lyrics, rap/sing, make beats, record songs and improve your performance skills!

Tutored by Garry McCarthy, Rory McGovern & Ophelia McCabe.

Limited spaces. Suggested donation is €25 for the week. Location: the Kabin Studio on Harbour View Road in Hollyhill (Next to Terence Mac Swiney School). From 10am to 1pm daily. Ages from 10 to 15 (participants will be put into groups according to their age).

If you’re interested in signing up your child please text or call 085 118 6065 or email

Facebook event:

Mayfield Song about Depression to Feature on Ray D’arcy Show

Three teenagers from Mayfield Foróige in Cork, Trisha Sexton, Paul Woods (MC Woodssy), and Shane Keane will perform their new song live on The Ray D’arcy RTE One on Saturday May 27th 2017. They got together with Garry McCarthy from GMCBeats Workshops to make a song about bullying, depression & suicide.

Mayfield Youth - Reach Out Speak Out (Music Video)

Mayfield Youth – Reach Out Speak Out (Music Video)

The teens are part of the Mayfield Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force Project, co-ordinated by Deirdre Dennigan. They wrote and produced the song and video at GMCBeats’ workshops in their youth centre. The vocals were recorded at The Kabin Studio (supported by Music Generation Cork City).

Their work holds very powerful and touching messages from teens to teens and the wider community about the importance of reaching out and speaking out about mental health and letting people know they are not alone and there is help available.

The group also designed and ran a Peer Education Workshop on bullying and depression among teenagers in St. Patrick’s College a few weeks ago. The Rap, video and Peer Education piece were entered into the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards on April 29th 2017 and won the ‘Ones To Watch’ award.


Wrapparound Showcase for Poetry Day Ireland

10 schools around the country that worked with GMCBeats Workshops to produce rap lyrics, poetry and songs performed their work at University College Cork on Thursday 27th of April as part of Poetry Day Ireland.  Thanks to JCSP, Trócaire and Poetry Ireland for making this happen. BMG Sound provided the PA system and equipment to make it all sound sweet. Huge success. 

Foróige Citizenship Awards

Another award for a song and music video made at a GMCBeats rap, beats & songwriting workshop!

The Mayfield Group were awarded “Ones to Watch” for their “Reach Out” piece tackling teen depression at the Foróige Citizenship Awards in partnership with Aldi Ireland. Delighted for them. The video will be released in the next few days, in the meantime, listen to the audio here:

Fair play to Shane,Trisha and Paul for the work they put into this. If you’d like to book a workshop or recording session for your school or youth organisation just call 085 118 6065 or email

Winning song created at a GMCBeats workshop

Featured in the Irish Times, Dublin school takes top prize in National Youth Media Awards.

Overall winners of the “Let’s Talk About Drugs” competition, Dublin school Coláiste Eoin Finglas beats competition from 700 other entrants to win overall prize of €2,000 with a song, titled ‘Take Your Mask Off’. Written, produced and recorded in a GMCBeats Song-in-a-Day workshop in the school.

Read the full article here.

Listen to the song:

To book a workshop or recording session at your school or youth group, email or call 085 118 6065.

February workshops update part 1

​A few mad busy but inspiring days of rap, beats and songwriting workshops…

Thursday, a large TY group in Blarney took part in a Song-in-a-Day workshop and wrote, produced & recorded a song about the effects of binge drinking. 

Friday, a mix of 1st and 2nd years in a Waterford school wrote and recorded a track about the “Power of Yet” in their JCSP library for the Poetry Ireland Wrapparound Project. 

At the weekend I recorded a zombie invasion anthem with my 9 year old legend of a nephew. 

Yesterday, finished filming a music video for a track about mental health that I helped a Mayfield youth group make recently. 

Then that evening, helped a teen write a write and record a very personal and powerful song about their experience in the Irish care system. 

Today, I worked with the TY class in Buttevant to write, produce and record a track raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking in another Song-in-a-Day workshop. 

After that, then to the regular weekly workshop in Gurranabraher. The first junior group are working on a tack about dog fouling. Yes, dog poo. A special request from the Cork city council to help tackle the problem in the area! After that, the older groups worked on their own solo tracks and spoken word pieces ranging from topics like stress, growing up to self actualisation. 

I’m very grateful for all this. 

Now I’m about to have a daysent cuppa tea. 😎

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