Donegal-based harpist and singer Emma Martin will launch a new song this weekend in memory of a talented friend who passed away from cancer.

Sarah Carty died from a rare form of cancer at the age of 28.

Her friend and camogie team-mate Emma Martin, originally from Meath, who now lives in Donegal, penned a song Sarah’s song’ (I gcónaí ann) in her honour.

Sarah herself was set to sing on the recording. To continue the project, Sarah’s niece Holly Kavanagh collaborated on vocals with Emma’s harp and voice alongside musicians Ciara Ní Bhrian on fiddle and Luke Devaney on guitar and mandolin.

Sarah and Emma

The song, which was written in the Irish language to reflect the love Sarah had for Gaeilge, has a universal theme of friendship and denotes that, even though someone may not be present physically, they are ‘i gcónaí ann’ or ‘always there’.

The launch night will take place in The Ferryman pub in Dublin on Saturday the 2nd of July and any money raised will go towards First Descents, a charity that provides life-changing outdoor adventures for adults (aged 18-39) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions.

Sarah, who was the first ever Irish participant, had such a magical experience with First Descents and wanted to spread the message of what they do to help others.

Sarah’s song (I gcónaí ann) will be available to download and listen to for free on Spotify, YouTube and all major music streaming sites from the 2nd of July.

Donations can be made at