A GREAT night was had in celebration and acknowledgement of Tom Burke and Eileen Swords great service to Offaly Comhaltas.
Both Tom and Eileen have served Offaly Comhaltas, with great dedication and distinction, in several positions for many many years.
The Bridge House Tullamore was the venue and Comhaltas branches from across the county came to perform and show their appreciation to Tom and Eileen.
All involved with Offaly Comhaltas would like to wish Tom and Eileen every best wish in their future endeavours.
Brónagh Cullen and her team of youth officers have put great work in getting the monthly sessions up and running for 2012. Killeigh Comhaltas are hosting the first session in the Bridge House Tullamore on Sunday, February 26 at 4pm until 6pm. All welcome.
Offaly Comhaltas would like to wish the best of luck to the county’s newest branch - West Offaly Comhaltas. The branch, which takes in the areas of Banagher, Lusmagh and Ferbane, was formed last year and will be hosting this year’s Offaly County Fleadh on May 12 & 13.
There is going to be a launch concert held in college hall Banagher on Saturday, April 28 with top traditional artists appearing. More details to follow.
Meanwhile, traditional Irish music classes are going very well covering whistle, flute, accordian, banjo, bodhran, fiddle, guitar and piano.
Over 60 students attending at present. Contact Damian Lynch 086 2582186 or Catherine O’Connell 087 1508680 for more information.
Members of the newly formed West Offaly branch of Comhaltas will be appearing on the Coppers and Brass Radio programme on Midlands 103 on Sunday next February 19. The programme is broadcast between 6 and 8pm and the guests will be on the air from 7pm. They will be playing music and outlining their plans for what promises to be a very busy year.
Best wishes to two Offaly musicians, Jamie And Ciara McKeogh from Durrow who are part of the Comhaltas “Echoes of Erin” Tour group which which travels to Britain at the end of February.
They perform eight concerts in various British Cities, including, Luton, Leicester, Leeds, Newcastle on Tyne, Ashton and three concerts in the London Area between February 25 and March 3.
Also in the Group will be singer Barbara Tynan, Clonaslee. Details on the Comhaltas web site or from head office 01 2800295.
Congratulations to popular accordion player Paddy O’Brien, a native of Daingean and now living in Saint Paul Minnesota on having selected for the prestigious TG4 award ‘Composer of the year’.
Before emigrating Paddy played with local groups, including Banagher Comhaltas Group and was a member of The legendry Castle Ceili Band. He toured Ireland towards the end of last year. He has composed over 100 tunes in the traditional style.
The award will be presented at a Gala Concert in Limerick University Concert Hall on Saturday, March 24.
Near neighbors, the Clonaslee branch will host the 2012 Laois Co Fleadh on the weekend of May 20 next and previous days. Supporters should note the new date. Congratulations to Declan Goode, a member of the branch on his recent appointment as Superintendent in the Garda Siochana.
Danny O’Mahony Gig
The well known accordion player Danny O’Mahony from Kerry will appear in concert at Arus An Mhuillin, the Comhaltas centre for Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford on Saturday, March 3 at 8.30pm.
Danny won the All Ireland Senior Accordion Title in 1996 and last August led his Ceili Band to All Ireland honors in the Senior Ceili Band Competition. During the year he also released a solo album. This should prove a very popular event and further information is available at the Arus 0449330644.
Offaly Comhaltas would like to wish the Ferbane and Na Fianna Scór Groups the very best of luck this weekend in the Scór All Ireland Finals in Mayo.
The Ferbane Group (Zoe Rooney, Niamh Delaney, seated Avril Spain, Revina Devery, Valene Greer) will compete in the ballad final while Na Fianna (Rachel Abraham, Mark Garry, Helen Brady, Muireann Carton and Grace Dunne) will compete in the instrumental final. Ádh mór oraibh!
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