Upcoming Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Events in the Midlands – May & June

Seisiún in the Bar at Áras an Mhuilinn

Date: Wed16th May 9 pm

Admission: Free! Bígi Linn!

Love: Live Music Day

Date: Thursday 21 June

  • Mullingar CCÉ Outdoor Seisiún Market Sq., Mullingar 2 – 3.30 pm
  • Music Night at Áras an Mhuilinn, Seisiún Group Showcase 8.30pm followed by Seisiún in the Bar 9.30 pm .

Admission: Free!

Weekly Summer Seisiún Shows at Áras an Mhuilinn

Date: Starts on Wed 4th July 8.30pm.

Admission: €10

Traditional music, singing, dancing and storytelling will be performed by talented artists from around the Midlands region.

Westmeath CCÉ

On the following dates CCÉ branches are invited to participate in the second half of the show:

  • 11 July, Westmeath CCÉ,
  • 18 July Offaly CCÉ,
  • 25 July Laois CCÉ
  • 1 August Longford CCÉ.

For further details on classes and room hire facilities at Áras an Mhuilinn, Mount St., Mullingar

Contact: 044 9330644

Email: eolas@arasanmhuilinn.ie www.arasanmhuilinn.ie


Admission: €10

Friday 4th May Set Ceili in Dun Na Si, 9pm –12 music by The Glenside Ceili Band, 090 6481183 www.dunnasi.ie


Castletown Geoghegan CCE:

  • Branch music classes End of Year Concert on Monday, May 7th 7.30pm in St Michael’s Hall, Castletown Geoghegan.
  • Last monthly branch seisiun before the summer recess on Wednesday, May 9th @seisiun o’clock (9 30pm!) in Ned Claffey’s, Castletown Geoghegan. All traditional musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers welcome. Contact Enda Seery epseery@yahoo.ie

Frank Gavigan CCÉ Ceili , Milltown Rathconrath

Rahan Comhaltas and Friends present Trad Le Cheile; Live Recording of Music, Song, Dance & Storytelling.

Date: Saturday 16th May

Admission: €14.99

Website: www.rahancomhaltas.com

2012 County Fleadhs

  • Longford 11, 12 and 13 May Ballinalee – see info below
  • Offaly 11, 12 and 13 May, Banagher
  • Laois 19 May, Clonaslee – see info below
  • Westmeath 1, 2 and 3 June, Ballymore – see info below

Longford Fleadh Weekend 12 &13 May

  • Saturday 12 May – Glenside Ceili Band 9 pm -12 am
  • Sunday 13 May – Deenagh Ceili Band 3pm – 6pm

At Longford Arms Hotel,

Admission: €10

Contact Martin Murphy 086 086 8119444

Email: mmurphtaxi@gmail.com

May 16 – 20 Bealtaine

  • Dé Céadoin 16th Céilí in Parish Hall 8-10pm
  • 9.30 – 11.30 Seisiún Amhránaíochta – Traditional Singing in the Heritage Centre with it’s wonderful acoustics. Come along and sing a song in English or Irish.
  • Déardaoin 17th Léacht Logainmneacha Laoise – a talk on the placenames of Laois in the Heritage Centre at 8pm by Tom Cox
  • Dé hAoine 18th Official Opening of the Laois Fleadh in the Heritage Centre followed by Session of Music, Song and Dance
  • Dé Sathairn 19th Comórtais: Banna Céilí, Grúpaí Ceoil and Rince all competitions will be held in Community Centre commencing at 11am Saturday evening at 7pm will see the dancing competitions in the Community Centre.
  • Dé Domhnaigh 20th Fleadh Mass at 10 am
  • Comórtais: 11.00 am
  • Solo Competitions will be held in various venues around the village:
  • Scoil Bhríde, Fr. Shorthall Room, Parish Hall, Heritage Centre, Old Boys’ School
  • See the Marching Bands
  • Face Painting
  • Gig Rig featuring local musicians and competition winne
  • Seomra na Gaeilge – practice your cupla focal!
  • Open Air Set Dancing in the Square
  • Presentation of Trophies in the Heritage Centre at 5pm
  • “Coppers and Brass” programme will be broadcast live on Radio 3 from the Heritage Centre between 6 and 8 pm

There is something for everyone – bring the family to a fun filled day of Music, Song and Dance. Experience the delights of Laois County Fleadh for yourself – the enthusiasm is contagious!

Westmeath County Fleadh 1st, 2nd and 3rd June

Friday 1 June:

  • Set & Figure Dancing Competitions,
  • Ballymore Community Centre. 7.30pm

Saturday 2nd June:

  • Fleadh Charity Concert and Sean Nós Dancing Competitions,
  • Ballymore Community Centre, 8pm

The night will open with the Sean Nós Dancing Competitions for all age groups, followed by our Fleadh Concert which will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Ballymore Comhaltas. The Concert will incorporate a Sean Nós Dancing MasterClass given by All-Ireland Champion and All-Ireland Talent Show Runner-up Emma O’Sullivan (Connemara). The Concert will feature musicians, singers, dancers and storyteller from the recent Comhaltas Tour of North America including Conor Moriarty, All-Ireland Accordion & Melodian Champion (Kerry), Rhona Lynch, Fiddler of Dooney Champion

(Offaly) and Breda Shannon, All-Ireland Concertina Champion (Roscommon). We will also have a host of local artists portraying the rich tradition of Westmeath music and dancing.  Proceeds on the night will go to South Westmeath Hospice and St. Vincent de Paul.

Sunday 3rd June:

  • Fleadh Mass
  • Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Ballymore 11.30am. This special mass will be in memory of the deceased members of Ballymore Comhaltas, and will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of our Branch.
  • Music, Singing & Comhrá Gaeilge Competitions Scoil Eoin Naofa, Ballymore 1.30pm

Portarlington CCÉ

SCT Music Grades take place  with over 100 young musicians taking the exam.

Portarlington CCÉ End of Year Concert takes place in the Boy’s Primary School Hall on Friday 29th June 8.00pm. All music classes will make their contribution on the night. No admission

Annual Music Marathon Saturday 30th June 9th in SuperValu, Portarlington, 10.00am. Monies collected on the day donated to local charities.

Portarlington CCÉ will host a number of sessions during the months of June – August, dates and venues will be advertised and all musicians, singers & dancers are very welcome

We propose to host a number of mini workshops over the summer months, specialising on individual instruments each day. The activity will focus on the needs of junior & intermediate pupils only.

Date: 7th – 10th June

Contact: Shirley Conway shir.conway@gmail.com


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