Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Comhaltas: Comhaltas Supports The Gathering Ireland 2013

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí ÉireannComhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was formed in 1951 and is the largest body involved in the promotion of Irish traditional music worldwide. Today the organisation has 415 branches with over 40,000 members on 5 continents.

All Ireland Fleadh Cavan 2012 Chairperson Jack Keyes, PRO Martin Gaffney and Bernard O’Sullivan Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Dublin attended the launch of The Gathering at Dublin Castle on Friday May 11, 2012 to affirm the organisations involvement in this unprecedented year-long celebration of everything unique and great about Ireland. Comhaltas is committed to The Gathering Ireland 2013 initiative and to supporting Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland.

The Comhaltas Partnership Programme has three key dimensions:



Mobilising Comhaltas Branches worldwide to support the Gathering and to connect with Irish branches at County & provincial Fleadhs in Ireland.
Planning Comhaltas events to reflect the spirit of the Gathering in 2013 including promotions to members and branches to get involved with encouragement to invite friends, family and international Comhaltas members to come to Ireland in 2013
Augmenting current fleadhs and the seisiún music trail as well as organising new Gathering specific Comhaltas events
During 2012, Comhaltas is actively promoting the Gathering at its major events to provide its members and Fleadh visitors with information;



North American Convention - St Louis (April 26-29) Ireland Annual Congress - Dublin (May 5-6) Mid-Atlantic Fleadh New Jersey - (May 18-20) Cavan County Fleadh - Killeshandra (June 1-5) All Britain Fleadh - Leicester (June 23-24) Connacht Fleadh - Ballinasloe (July 2-8) Leinster Fleadh - Enniscorthy (July 13-15) Munster Fleadh - Dungarvan (July 20-22) Ulster Fleadh - Dungiven (July 22-29) All Ireland Fleadh - Cavan Town (August 10-21)

The Third year of the All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan wiil be a flagship promotional event for the Gathering with large number of overseas visitors attending the competitions, concerts and events, the focus at the All Ireland in Cavan this year will be to communicate understanding of the Gathering and to provide ideas and encouragement to Comhaltas Members and lovers of Traditional music on how to experience the Gathering. In addition Cavan Geneology will provide Fleadh followers interested in tracing their Irish roots with an All Ireland geneology service.

Martin Gaffney PRO


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