Who We Are

Since 1987 when Valerie Pakenham and Norman Ruddock decided to arrange concerts in the Great Hall, a voluntary group of dedicated local music lovers (the Derravaragh Music Association) has worked to bring worldclass musicians to Tullynally for audiences from across the Midlands and across the country.

Over the years, this dedicated group has continued with some retiring and others continuing to join and support the DMA. We owe a huge debt of thanks to these volunteer committee members past and present. In 2018, the DMA was formerly set up as a company limited by guarantee with a small board of directors working along with the volunteer committee. The board and committee all give their time free of charge and in doing so, enable the concerts to continue.

In 2023, we were hugely saddened by the death of the DMA founder, our patron and friend, Valerie Pakenham. We miss her greatly as will the many performers who were welcomed to Tullynally with her warm hospitality. Thomas Pakenham has agreed to continue the tradition and has honoured the DMA by agreeing to be our patron for the future.

Our Patron: Thomas Pakenham

Our Board:

  • Jane Massy (Chair)
  • Una Fitzgibbon (Co Secretary)
  • Eliza Chisholm
  • Muireann Sheahan

Our Volunteer Committee:

  • Octavia Tulloch
  • Joan Flood
  • Hugh Logan
  • John Farrell
  • Dawn Harmon
  • Charmey Weitzman
  • Maire Weitzman

New volunteers are always welcome so please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in helping us. We’re currently seeking someone who can help promote the concerts through social media.

We would like to pay tribute to Bridget Taylor who after many decades stepped down from the committee in 2023, to Michael McCann, a generous supporter and tireless volunteer who also stepped down in 2023 and Susan Wiggins also a long standing volunteer who sadly died in 2023.


Support us - donations

Help us continue to maintain a season of autumn and spring concerts to audiences in Westmeath and neighbouring counties. Ticket sales are kept at a reasonable price so that the concerts are as widely accessible as possible to all members of the local as well as wider community and especially to young audiences. However, given the quality of the musicians that perform at Tullynally, ticket sales can never alone cover the cost of these concerts and justifiably so, these are performers of world class standing and need to be accordingly. This is why donations are so important.

To donate, please give as generously as you can using bank transfer to the following account

Derravaragh Music Association

Bank of Ireland

IBAN IE03 BOFI 9018 5385 8937 24


Please ensure you put your name on the bank transfer and please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to advise that you have made a donation so we can confirm and acknowledge receipt.


The DMA Memory Book

In 2021, the DMA published a Memory Book, listing all concerts and music played since the first concert in 1987. The book has wonderful sketches from concerts at Tullynally drawn by the late Jeremy Williams. There are also several delightful short 'memories' from performers and audience members. Books are €10 each plus P&P at €3 per book and you can purchase them by contacting 
If you have booked to attend a forthcoming concert, you can reserve books to collect saving you the cost of postage.  We are now operating our events as 'cashless' so we ask you email your order to derravaraghmusicassociation@gmail.com in advance and pay into the DMA account directly and you can collect your books at the concert.      


2024/25 Concert schedule

Saturday 28th September 2024, Pirosmani Quartet
presented in association with the NSQF

Saturday 26th October 2024, Lir Quartet
presented in association with the NSQF

Saturday 30th November 2024, Francisco Fullana & Alba Ventura
presented in association with Music Network

Full details of the Autumn 2024 and Spring 2025 concerts can be found here

We no longer send out information about concerts in the post, as all communications are now through email. Please send your email address to derravaraghmusicassociation@gmail.com if you wish to receive updates about our concerts.


Patron: Thomas Pakenham 

Chaired by: Jane Massy

Una Fitzgibbon (Co Secretary), Eliza Chisholm, Muireann Sheahan 
Joan Flood, Dawn Harmon, Hugh Logan, Octavia Tulloch, John Farrell, Charney and Maire Weitzman.

e-mail: derravaraghmusicassociation@gmail.com