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Thanks from Terry Rafferty!
Terry Rafferty would like to thank the fleadh committee, the teachers, all the Hall of Fame members, the competitors, and the people who volunteered for making the event in Parsippany this past weekend a rewarding success. She is looking forward to next year!
Terry would also like to extend a very special congratulations to Willie Kelly, Siobhan Kelly and Jerry O’Sullivan for winning the Senior Trio trophy in memory of Mike Rafferty.
Finally, anybody going to Derry for the All-Ireland please get in touch with Terry asap! (email phone)
Filed under: Claddagh na nGael, Claddagh na nGael branch, Festival, New Jersey
Official Schedule for GaelFest
GaelFest takes place on June 1st, 2013 in Lincroft, NJ. Click here for more info.
11:15: MAIN STAGE ALL TRADITIONAL MUSIC
11:00 – 12:00 Trinity
12:00- 12:30 Pat Murphy School of Dance
12:30 – 1:45 Loughran Coleman Band
2:00 – 2:30 Under 12 All-Ireland Champion Ceili Band
2:45 – 4:00 Girsa
4:00 – 4:30 Shea Jennings School of Dance
4:30 – 5:45 Blackwater
12:00 -12:45 HURLING > Na Toraidhe vs Long Island Gaels
12:45 – 1:30 HURLING > Hoboken Guards vs Allentown Hibernians
1:30 – 2:15 Gaelic Football > NYPD vs St Barnabas
2:15 – 2:30 Pat Torphy & CBA Pipe Bands
2:30 – 3:15 Hurling Shield Final
3:15- 4:00 Hurling A Final
4:00 – 5:00 Gaelic Football Clinic for children
10:00 Mass in Irish by Fr Dan Cahill
11:00 – 12:00 Anthony Valentino Irish language
11:00 – 12:00 Irish literature talk Beth Gilmartin
12:00 – 1:00 Iris Nevins Harp workshop
12:00 – 1:00 Micheal O’Maille “Learn Irish” (for children)
1:00 – 2:00 Sean Nos Dance Workshop Megan Downes
1:00 – 2:00 Bloomsday Talk, Beth Gilmartin
2:00 – 5:00 Ceili, Pride of Moyvane
3:00 – 4:00 Where the Irish have come from / Our 9,000 year odyssey, Micheal OMaille
12:00 – 12:30 Step Dancing Patricia Murphy School (main stage)
1:00 – 2:00 Sean Nos Dance Workshop Megan Downes (inside gym)
2:00 – 5:00 Ceili Dancing Pride of Moyvane (inside gym)
4:00 – 4:30 Step Dancing Shea/Jennings School (main stage)
1:00 Harp workshop Iris Nevins (inside classroom)
1:30 Flute introduction, Linda Hickman (outside childrens area)
2:00 Tin Whistle introduction, Marian Lawlor (outside childrens area)
2:30 Fiddle introduction, Robin Gunn (outside childrens area)
3:00 Harp Introduction, Iris Nevins (outside childrens area)
Impromptu Music Seisuns at the CCE Information Tent all day run by Linda Hickman, Iris Nevins and the musicians of Claddagh na nGael and Delaware Valley branches of CCE.
Dan Collins RIP
Daniel Michael Collins (1937-2013)
Born in Harlem to immigrant parents – William Collins from Meelin, County Cork and Bridget (nee Donohue) from Mountcollins, County Limerick – Dan Collins inherited a love of Irish music and dance that remained with him all his life. Along with his sister Kathleen and brothers David and William, Dan studied music with Mayo-born fiddler/button accordionist John McGrath and dancing with Kerryman James T. “The Professor” McKenna, becoming highly accomplished both as a fiddler and a step dancer.
Later in life, Dan did as much as anyone in modern times to preserve and popularize the traditional music of Ireland. His first venture in music publishing came in 1961, when he performed a huge service to Irish traditional musicians worldwide by re-issuing Francis O’Neill’s famous 1903 tune collection Music of Ireland: Eighteen Hundred and Fifty Melodies in an affordable, paperback edition.
In 1973, with partner Richard Nevins, Dan founded Shanachie Records (now Shanachie Entertainment) and launched a historic series of traditional music recordings. These included LP resissues of classic New York-made 78 rpm discs by County Sligo fiddle greats Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran as well as new recordings from many leading contemporary Irish musicians, notably including Dan’s fiddling sister Kathleen, east Galway flute player Paddy Carty, New York fiddlers Paddy Reynolds and Andy McGann, and the Irish supergroup De Danann. Building on this foundation, Shanachie would go on to release a wide-ranging catalog of world music audio and video recordings.
For younger Irish traditional musicians in New York, Dan was an accessible living link to the Golden Age of immigrant music making in New York. He was a sought-after source of rare tunes and tune settings, as well a free-flowing font of knowledge about the musicians and dancers of the old days. He didn’t just talk the talk – he was an excellent fiddler in his own right who played with many of the greats of Irish music, most notably his sister Kathleen, who included several duets with Dan on her 2009 Shanachie disc My Book of Songs.
Dan is survived by his wife Mary Foley Collins, children Margaret, Bridget, Noreen and William , as well as grandchildren Michael Collins Litke, Patrick Collins Litke and Daniel Michael Collins.
GaelFest, June 1st, 2013 in Lincroft, NJ
NEW IRISH CULTURAL FESTIVAL TO SHOWCASE TRADITIONAL IRISH CULTURE IN ALL ITS FORMS INCLUDING MUSIC, DANCE, SPORTS, ARTS AND LITERATURE
On Saturday, June 1st 2013, Claddagh na nGael will present a brand new festival, GaelFest, celebrating all aspects of traditional Irish culture. Presented in partnership with both Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann North America and Christian Brothers Academy and with support from the Gaelic Athletic Association of NY, the day long cultural festival will be held on the impressive grounds of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ.
“This festival is meant to be a celebration of everything that is truly Irish from traditional music & dance, which most are familiar with, to our sports, language, food, art, & literature” says Dermot Farley, Executive Chair of Claddagh na nGael. “We are very excited to be working with our partner organizations to bring a traditional festival of this caliber to the area.”
The inaugural edition of GaelFest will begin at 10AM and run all day with a full schedule of events and activities for all ages and interests.
Music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the traditional Irish groups Blackwater, The Erin Loughran Band, Girsa & Trinity.
The New York Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) will put on all-star exhibition matches of the traditional Irish sports of Hurling with the Hoboken Guards and the Long Island Gaels contesting and in Irish Football St Barnabas versus NYPD. In addition, the GAA will provide kid friendly introductory sessions to some of the basic skills of each sport.
Traditional step dancing exhibitions by the Patricia Murphy School of Dance and the Shea/Jennings School of Dance will be accompanied by an opportunity to learn Sean Nós (Old Style) Irish Dancing taught by Megan Downes. For the ceili/set dancing crowd, there will be a fantastic ceili for all ages with The Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band featuring Margie Mulvihill, John Reynolds & Patty Furlong.
For those inclined to slightly more sedentary activities, there will also be a series of lectures, presentations and exhibitions throughout the day covering a variety of topics and interests including Irish History, Storytelling of Irish Mythology, Irish Harp & Uillean Pipe exhibitions and “How to Speak Irish in 30 Minutes.” There will also be exhibitions of Irish arts and crafts as well as food vendors serving traditional Irish food and beverages.
Finally, as GaelFest is a family oriented event, there will be plenty to do for the little ones to enjoy including, GAA sports workshops, dance workshops, kiddy rides, face painting, storytelling& tin whistle lessons.
“We have an ambitious calendar of events and activities for our first year of GaelFest,” says Farley “but the Irish culture is so rich and varied that we really have only just begun to scratch the surface.”
Proceeds from the festival will go to both Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann a charitable (501-c-3) organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional Irish culture and Christian Brothers Academy.
About Claddagh na nGael
Claddagh na nGael (Irish Shore) is a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (kol-tus kyol-tori air-in) covering Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was formed in 1951 and is the largest international body involved in the promotion of Irish traditional culture worldwide. Today the organization has 415 branches with over 40,000 members on 5 continents. You can visit us at www.ccenorthamerica.org, www.comhaltas.ie or www.irishshore.org.
MIKE RAFFERTY-JOE MADDEN BRANCH CEILI
SUNDAY, May 19th, 2013, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM ceili
Music by Eileen Goodman, John & Gerry Kennedy, Dan Gibney, and special guest.
239 LEONIA AVENUE
Whistle Lost at Fleadh!
Kieran Flanagan lost his Sindt whistle at the fleadh.
It literally fell out of his pocket as he was running along the corridor and it disappeared. We retraced his steps (he didn’t go very far) but couldn’t find it. Could you reach out to the music community and see if anyone found it? It has either the initials LF or MF scratched onto the fipple.
If anyone know the whereabouts of Kieran’s whistle, email Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org
Uilleann Pipe workshop with Jerry O’Sullivan
There will be an Uilleann Pipe workshop with Jerry O’Sullivan on May 18th from 6:00-7:30 at IAANJ in Rockaway Tnsp. NJ. The workshop will precede the IAANJ’s 8:00PM session. Reservations are required for the class, but not the session. If you’re interested, email email@example.com. Cost is $25, payable to Jerry.