Archive | Updates

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:

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. 

Urban Music Summer Camp in partnership with Music Generation Cork City

Delighted to announce this year’s summer camp at the Music Generation Studio Kabin in Knocknaheeny. Participants will get the chance to write rap lyrics, sing, freestyle, make beats using the latest technology, record and perform their own original music with tutors from the Music Generation Cork City program.

Running from Monday 4th to Friday 8th of July 2016, from 10am to 1pm. €25 for the week. Suitable for ages 10 to 14. Spaces are limited.

To sign up, email or call 0851186065.

Finglas Teens’ Music Video Celebrating the Development of Irish Culture since 1916

Students from Coláiste Eoin in Finglas have created a song and music video for the Song for 16 competition. With the help of GMCBeats Workshops, the students wrote, produced and recorded the song in one school day and filmed the video the following week.

This is the 4th song that GMCBeats has made with the school over the past 18 months.

They also made it into the final 14 (out of almost 160 entries) and performed the track to an audience of a few hundred people at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.


Massive congratulations to all the hugely talented student writers, singers, rappers, poets and musicians that have been involved. This wouldn’t have been possible without the huge help from their JCSP librarian Teresa Hudson, principal Paula O’Brien and music teacher Mr. Gaffney.

For more information about GMCBeats’ creative songwriting, rap and beats workshops, contact

Seachtain na Gaeilge Around the Corner

A few Irish tracks that we’ve made in the past

GMC – Lá ar an Trá (Le Bubba Shakespeare & Aaron Carroll)

GMC – The Jig (As Gaeilge)(Le Bubba Shakespeare)(Produced by GMC)

GMC – Conas atá Tú (le Bubba Shakespeare)

GMCBeats Workshops goes intergalactic

2015 marks 20 years of Science Week; a national, annual event that celebrates the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

To launch ‘A Festival of Space’ for Science Week at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory (CITBCO) the Cork Youthreach Mahon group have written, recorded and featured in their own video for ‘It’s All About That Space’. The song is created in collaboration with GMCBeats Workshops and features Mercedes O’Callaghan, Ryan Dorgan & Johnny Quilligan rapping about space science in their art-meets-science-meets-music piece that tells the story of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and STEM careers.

Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research at Cork Institute of Technology said “this ‘rap’ song made by a great group of young people from the Mahon Youtreach project in Cork is fascinating for its energy, musicality and sheer dynamism, but it’s truly remarkable for its content – careers in space science”.

Taking place this week from the 12th-14th ‘A Festival of Space’ at CITBCO will see numerous events being hosted for the public free of charge. A sample of some include the screening of award winning documentary ‘River Runner’ which uncovers the disturbing truth about the River Lee and ‘Know your Lichen’ family friendly workshop to explore the hidden world of Lichens on Thursday. On Friday, they’re running a Giant Arcade Games Night with some of the greatest retro games ever released and a talk with IMERC on Earth Observations for a Safer Planet focusing on climate change, migration and the depleting planetary resources on Earth. Weather dependent Stargazing, BuildSkills Workshop and Sex in the Stars (an adult’s only talk) will all take place on Saturday.

There is no booking required for any of the free events at CITBCO but spaces are limited so it’s first come, first served. For more information have a look at the events section on for a full list of everything taking place.

Rap & Beats Workshops