Reviews and press

IMRO’S Music Matters

Read IMRO’s interview with Annette, “10 Questions with Annette McNelis from Environment the Musical” on the Music Matters website:

The Irish Times

Here’s an excerpt from “‘Dog Pooh’ hits the right notes”, Cog Notes by John Humphreys, The Irish Times, 11th Nov 2014

‘Last month, Cog Notes highlighted a marvellous educational movie about a killer toilet; this week, we’re giving a shout-out to Dog Pooh!

Again, it’s in a good cause. The operatic video is part of Environment: The Musical, the brainchild of Annette McNelis, a mother of three and a music tutor.

“My wish is to change the world with the messages contained in the songs and the script,” says McNelis, from Buncrana, Co Donegal. “I plan to do this by making environmental education fun and easy for our children, and by getting them singing too, leading to performances of the musical that will further inspire and educate the wider public.”

The website has attracted enthusiastic reviews from the likes of An Taisce and the INTO, and by gum is that Dog Pooh! chorus catchy.’

In Touch Magazine

Environment the Musical got a great review in the November 2014 issue of InTouch, the magazine from the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. Here’s a screenshot of the review:

Review of Environment the Musical in InTouch

RTÉ Nationwide

The musical featured on RTÉ’s Nationwide in August 2015. It features footage from a performance by local children in Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre and features a short interview with the creator, Annette. Watch the clip below to see kids getting involved in a Tidy Towns beach clean-up and give their thoughts on the important messages they learned from the Environment the Musical songs.


Pupils from St. Mary’s N.S., Sandyford (and other local schools) performed in the dlr Lexicon in March 2017:

Here’s a link to some pics of Scoil San Phroinsias, Galway, performing the play in June 2015:

Children and young people from An Grianán Theatre’s youth drama classes performed Environment the Musical at An Grianán Theatre, during Summer 2015. There are great photos here of the rehearsals: