Marie Carmel O' Donoghue was born in 5 Carlisle Terrace, O' Connell Avenue, in Limerick city on Wednesday the 8th of July 1936. The first daughter born to loving parents Con and Mary O' Donoghue. While growing up in Limerick she also spent time living with her Grandmother Helen on their farm where she has fond memories of welcoming the good traveller folk and forming a special bond with the resident donkey. During her teens she felt the calling and began her training to become a Salesian Sister in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, before returning to Ireland as Sister Mary Carmel O' Donoghue. On her return, and every day since, Sister Mary Carmel has worked tirelessly and open-heartedly for the marginalised youth of Limerick, creating many educational and work opportunities for innumerable girls and boys in need.
After graduating as an Art Psychotherapist from Goldsmiths College in London in 1996 she returned to Limerick and helped set up a Creative Arts Charity called The Blue Box in 1997, along with another arts therapist Austin Creaven, providing free support and therapy services to the youth in Limerick. In 2015 Sr. Mary Carmel then set up Phoenix Creative Psychotherapy Centre (PCPC), another Creative Arts Charity for the youth of Limerick, with therapists and friends Austin Creaven, Antonia Brown, Hugh McMahon and Vaiva Kreitenberga, where she continues to work today.
Sister Mary Carmel O' Donoghue has touched countless hearts over her life and helped a myriad of children in need.
'Compassion' is the story of her incredible life and charity work told through song. Thirteen original tracks were written and composed by PCPC Music Therapist, fundraiser and friend Siân Brown after many lengthy discussions with Sr. Mary Carmel about her life and work. These thirteen tracks, one of which was written by Sr. Mary Carmels dear friends Hilary Musgrave and Monika Brown, are also book-ended by beautiful spoken word poems read by Sr. Mary Carmel herself.
'Compassion' was kindly recorded by producer Louise McCormick, with the help of John Crone, at Manor Studios in Cobh, Co. Cork.
If you listen closely you will also hear the actual heartbeat of an incredible lady beating through the entire album.
Siân Brown is a singer/songwriter, holds a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick, is a qualified Sound Healing Practitioner and is currently studying for a Masters of Science in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology. She is based in Cork city, Ireland. Siân met Sr. Mary Carmel while working as a music therapist for Phoenix Creative Psychotherapy Centre in Limerick. They connected instantly and went on to become dear friends over many long spiritual and philosophical conversations. This collaboration was born from their eternal love and respect for each other, the work and The Great Spirit.