Roscommon branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann reflects on a busy and successful year



The AGM of the Roscommon Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was held in Roscommon Town on December 19th.  

  At the meeting, a review of the branch activities was outlined and Chairperson Peadar Ó Breandúin complimented all those who helped to ensure the branch was promoted and successfully provided a wide range of activities within the community over the past year.

  The branch is particularly proud of its young members who were so successful at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Sibéil  Ní Dhuibhir came first in the 15-18 Cómhrá category. Rían Ó Biastaigh came 2nd in Damhsa ar an Sean Nós in the senior competition. Aoife Ní Chonghaile and Cormac Pléimeann were winners in the U-12 storytelling and scéalaíocht respectively. 

  Among the other highlights of the past year was the branch’s involvement in the Roscommon Town Twinning visit to Chartrettes in France. The musical performance given on the banks of the River Seine was overseen by Andrew Newland and the dancers were ably choreographed by Kate Crehan and Sinéad Killeen. A wonderful time was had by all and lasting friendships made between the two towns. The branch is looking forward to performing during the return visit of the French during the forthcoming May Lamb Festival in Roscommon.

  Mary Jo Fitzpatrick and Mick Cully continue Monday evening music classes in the Hyde Centre. A variety of instruments are catered for and new aspiring musicians are welcome at any time.

  The branch had a very enjoyable Culture Night in September, going on well into the early hours, with almost thirty musicians taking part.

  The monthly session in Doorly’s Corner House is going very well, with an average of eighteen musicians and singers taking part. This session is held on the second Sunday of every month, beginning at 6 pm. Everyone is welcome to this very enjoyable monthly gathering. 

  Members of the branch took part in training provided by Árd Chomhairle appointed tutors during the year, including a workshop on adjudication. Training for inputting of branch information and membership on the new Comhaltas online system was delivered in The Coleman Centre in Gurteen. Three branch members attended and have ensured that Roscommon Branch details are now online.

  A surprise party for Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, branch secretary, was held in Doorly’s and attended by branch members and members of Liam’s family. The branch is indebted to Liam for his huge contribution to Comhaltas not only in Roscommon but on a national level. Liam Ó Cuinneagáin has also been instrumental in the setting up of a new Comhaltas Branch in Ballintubber recently. 

  The branch had a very successful Church Gate collection during the year and a huge thank you was extended to all those who contributed.  

  Roscommon branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann welcomes new members and if you wish to become involved please contact Liam on 090-6626729 or 086-3345817. Branch members are looking forward to another active, successful year ahead.