Micheál Talty RIP- One of Life’s Gentlemen

7 Jul 2024

It is with deep sadness that we heard today Saturday 6th July 2024 of the passing of Micheál Talty a major figure in Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Co. Clare. Micheál was born into a farming family in Lisseycasey, Co. Clare. The Talty family are well known not just in farming circles, but also in business. Talty’s Joinery, Talty’s Supermarket, Ennis ... More »
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Culture Night 2023 at Cois na hAbhna

23 Sep 2023

A fabulous evening of music song and dance with the Clarecastle/Ballyea CCÉ Trad Group with Mary Caldwell Sean Nós Dancing and Helen Greene Set and Céilí Dancing. SCT certs were presented to a number of students, each one performing a solo piece to the delight of the audience. Kate Breathnach from Clarecastle brought the evening to a close with a ... More »
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Seisiún 2023

5 Aug 2023

Seisiún, A music trail through Ireland with over 400 shows spanning the whole island. This is an intimate community entertainment experience where the locals gather in to display the local talent and tradition, and there's always a coupon tae. This is a taste of the Cois na hAbhna show with Denis Liddy's Tigh na Coille group entertaining an attentive audience. ... More »
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Hall of Fame Award for Kieran Hanrahan

15 Jul 2023

Congratulations and best wishes to Kieran Hanrahan on his Hall of Fame award by the Clare Association in Dublin. Cois na hAbhna, Fleadh Nua and the Comhaltas organisation in Clare are extremely proud of his achievement. One of the most popular personalities on the Irish traditional music scene, Kieran is a son of the late Jackie and Mary Hanrahan, St. ... More »
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Paddy Crowe - A Loyal and Committed Worker For Comhaltas And Fleadh Nua

16 May 2023

It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Paddy on Monday 15th May after a short illness. A native of Dysart, Ruan, he lived his whole life in the house he was born in, his two great interests in life were set dancing and the GAA. Paddy was part of the fabric of Cois na hAbhna ... More »
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Cois na hAbhna Celebrates 40 Years of Music, Song and Dance

15 Mar 2023

St Patrick’s Day will see a landmark event in the cultural life of the county with celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the official opening of Cois na hAbhna, The Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann cultural centre on the Gort Road in Ennis. Work on the iconic building began in July 1979, after agreement was reached to acquire a plot of ... More »
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Séamus Mac Mathúna 1st Anniversary

9 Mar 2023

Remembering Séamus Mac Mathúna on the first anniversary of his passing, 9th March 2022. On 27th March 2004, Céilí House, RTÉ Radio 1, visited Cultúrlann na hÉireann in Monkstown to mark the retirement of Séamus as Timire Ceol with Comhaltas. Here he is singing one of his favourite songs ‘Bímís ag Ól’ with his son Lorcan and daughters Ida and ... More »
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International Women’s Day 8th March 2023

9 Mar 2023

To mark International Women’s Day, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Cois na hAbhna Archive have produced a short video tribute to some of the many extraordinary women who made a significant contribution to Irish Traditional Music and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann during its formative years. Covering the first 25 years of the organisation, it features a selection of those inspirational women who ... More »
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Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque to Pat Liddy

21 Nov 2022

A commemorative plaque to the late Pat Liddy, acknowledging a lifetime of work for Cois na hAbhna and Comhaltas will be unveiled in Cois na hAbhna on Friday 25th November by Dr. Labhrás Ó Murchú Ard Stiúrthóir Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Pat Passed away on Monday 21st December 2020 in the middle of the Covid pandemic and, although his funeral mass ... More »
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Cnoc na Gaoithe Official Opening

4 Oct 2022

Cnoc na Gaoithe - Tulla From An Old Convent to A Cultural Hub A state of the art performance space and auditorium at Cnoc na Gaoithe in Tulla was officially opened by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys T.D. on Saturday 24th September 2022. Breda McNamara and her committee who were responsible for delivering the iconic facility for ... More »
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Séamus MacMathúna RIP

9 Mar 2022

Séamus was born in Gower, Cooraclare, Co. Clare and it was here his interest in and love for Irish music began, he often spoke of the wonderful musicians of the area he knew when he was growing up. He was highly regarded and respected among musicians for his knowledge of and profound interest in the promotion of all aspects of ... More »
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Joe Burke - Giant of the Button Accordion

23 Feb 2021

Tributes have been pouring in from around the world since the sad news broke of the passing of master accordion player Joe Burke who passed away peacefully on Saturday 20h February 2021 surrounded by his family at the Galway Hospice. Born in 1939 in Kilnadeema, Loughrea he began playing at the age of four, Joe won the All-Ireland Senior Accordion ... More »
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Pat Liddy RIP

22 Dec 2020

Pat was one of six children Dan, Séamus, Pat, Cyril, Attracta and Peggy, his parents were farmers and their home at Lislea, Newmarket-on Fergus was a house full of music, singing and dancing. The Liddy family name is synonymous with Comhaltas and with traditional music in general. Pat devoted his life to promoting Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, in the 1960s he ... More »
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Remembering Chris Droney

10 Sep 2020

Remembering Chris Droney The legendary Chris Droney from Bell Harbour, Co. Clare passed away on Wednesday 9th September, 2020. Playing music for almost ninety years, his unique style of playing made him an icon of Clare music-making, a true master of his craft, giving flight to the feet of generations of set dancers down through the years. While he was ... More »
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Culture Night 2020 - Friday September 18th

9 Sep 2020

Culture Night Seisiún at Cois na hAbhna, Friday, September 18th from 8pm until 9.30pm This evening promises to be a lively one with lots of talented Musicians and Singers. All musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are welcome to come along and enjoy! Please note we are operating under current Government guidelines. Numbers are strictly limited, contact details of attendees will ... More »