Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region


Bergen County Irish Festival by midatlanticcce
June 15, 2014, 7:25 pm
Filed under: Festival, New Jersey

Bergen County Irish Festival

Saturday, June 28th, 2014, Overpeck County Park, Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Park opens at 11:00 am

  • 11:00 – Mass – Main Stage
    • Performance from Bergenfield School of Irish Dance
  • 12:30 – Festival Opens – Main Stage
    • National Anthems
    • Speeches from dignitaries, elected officials, etc.
    • Performance by Bergen Irish Pipe Band
    • Intro of Broken Banjo Strings
  • 1:00 – Pub Areas Open
    • Children’s Activities Open
    • Broken Banjo Strings (band) – Main Stage
    • Tommy Mulvihill Band – Traditional Tent
    • Author readings & performances begin – Arts & Literature Tent
  • 2:00 – Gaelic Football Tournament starts – Pete Jones Field
    • Last call for 50/50 (by bands on stage)
    • Pony Rides Open
  • 2:30 – Drawing of 2pm 50/50 – Main Stage
    • Intro of Ridgewood School of Irish Dance
    • McLoughlin Dancers – Traditional Tent
  • 2:35 – Performance by Ridgewood School of Irish Dance – Main Stage
  • 3:00 – Intro & Performance of Clan na Vale Pipe Band
    • Mike Keogh and Tara Gold – Traditional Tent
    • Intro of The Cousins Moran (band) – Main Stage
  • 4:00 – Last call for 4pm 50/50 (by bands)
    • Intro of McLoughlin School of Irish Dance
    • Author readings & performances end – Arts & Literature Tent
    • 9-Mile House (band) – Arts & Literature Tent
  • 4:15 – Performance by McLoughlin School of Irish Dance
  • 4:30 – Drawing of 4pm 50/50
    • Intro of the Narrowbacks
    • Performance by the Ridgewood School of Irish Dance – Traditional Tent
  • 5:00 – 7:00 – CEILI – (no break)– Traditional Tent
    • Hosted by The Mike Rafferty-Joe Madden Branch CCE
    • Music By: John Nolan, Margie Mulvihill, Bernadette Fee & Dan Gibney
    • Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band – Main Stage
    • Gaelic Football Tournament Final – Pete Jones Field
    • Pony rides – close
  • 6:00 – Pub areas – close
    • Trophy presentation for GAA Tournament winner – Main Stage
    • Closing statements / Thank You – Main Stage
    • Intro – Danny Quinn – Main Stage
    • Last call of 6pm 50/50 – Main Stage (Danny Quinn)
  • Festival Closes


Bayshore Irish Festival by midatlanticcce
May 5, 2014, 9:06 pm
Filed under: Festival, New Jersey

Bayshore Irish Festival

KEANSBURG, New Jersey (May 01, 2014) – On Saturday, August 2nd 2014, the Borough Council of Keansburg

will present the first Bayshore Irish Festival, a family oriented event celebrating the rich Irish heritage of the Bayshore Communities. The day long, free festival will be held at the waterfront in Keansburg, NJ.

The inaugural edition of the Bayshore Irish Festival will begin at 12:00 PM and run until 6PM with a variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to make themselves comfortable as they take in all the festival has to offer as well as the rest of the activities and attractions available in Keansburg on a beautiful summer afternoon. No coolers permitted.

Music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local traditional Irish musicians as well as by Irish bands; Celtic Connection from Philadelphia and the always upbeat Narrowbacks from New York. Traditional Irish step dancing will be presented by fabulous and highly acclaimed Shea-Jennings School of Irish Dance.

A variety of food, clothing and crafts vendors will be on hand in addition to local businesses showcasing their goods and services. Free spots are available in all vendor categories if you own a business and are interested in participating. Advance registration is required and information can be obtained via email at irishshore@hotmail.com

A beer garden will be provided and proceeds from those sales will benefit the Borough of Keansburg Emergency Services Departments.

For more information email irishshore@hotmail.com



Augusta Irish/Celtic 2013! by midatlanticcce
June 19, 2013, 7:45 am
Filed under: Classes / Lessons / Education, Festival

Augusta Irish/Celtic 2013!

Augusta Irish/Celtic 2013 Click on the image to download the full size flyer!

Augusta Irish/Celtic 2013 runs from July 21-26.  The Augusta Irish/Celtic Week is an intense and intimate musical experience that takes place on the campus of Davis & Elkins college in Elkins, West Virginia.  This summer’s teaching staff includes:

  • Ivan Goff – Flute
  • Kieran Jordan – Sean Nos Dance
  • Jimmy Keane – Intensive Tune Workshop (open to any instrument)
  • Brian Miller – Guitar Accompaniment in the DADGAD Tuning & Fundamentals of Guitar and Bouzouki Accompaniment
  • Eamon O’Leary – Banjo and “Concepts in String Arrangement and Ensemble Playing”
  • Máirtín de Cógain – Bringing Bodhrán to the Masses! (Beginner and advanced levels)
  • Robbie O’Connell – “Songwriting in the Tradition” and “Songs: Singing, Performance and Accompaniment”
  • Bridget Fitzgerald – Unaccompanied Sean Nos Singing in English and Irish
  • Patrick Ourceau – Fiddle (for basic to intermediate players)
  • Tony Demarco – Fiddle (for intermediate to advanced players)
  • Donna Long – Irish Piano
  • Jim Keenan – Set Dance
  • Shannon Dunne – Special assistant in Jim Keenan’s class and the Connemara Sean Nos Dance mini class
  • Sean Clohessy & Cleek Schrey – Staff Musicians
  • Mini-Classes include: Designing an Aran Sweater (Enrica Hofer-McMillon) • Connemara Sean-nos Dance (ShannonDunne) • Songs that Came Across the Sea (Carrie & Michael Kline) • Ceili Band (Daniel Neely)
  • Other classes available include: Blacksmithing (Woody Harman) • Fiddle & Bow Repair (Peter Horn) • Needlefelted Wool Sculptures (Enrica McMillon) • Pottery I: Handbuilding and Surface Decoration with Clay (Brett Kern)

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia
304-637-1209 or 1-800-624-3157 Ext. 1209
augustaheritagecenter.org/irishcelticwww.facebook.com/AugustaIrish



Official Schedule for GaelFest! by midatlanticcce
May 20, 2013, 5:38 pm
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 Field
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 Inside
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

DANCING
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)

Workshops
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.



GaelFest, June 1st, 2013 in Lincroft, NJ by midatlanticcce
May 15, 2013, 7:40 am
Filed under: Festival, New Jersey

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.



GaelFest, June 1st, 2013 in Lincroft, NJ by midatlanticcce
May 8, 2013, 7:40 am
Filed under: Festival, New Jersey

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.



GaelFest, June 1st, 2013 in Lincroft, NJ by midatlanticcce
May 1, 2013, 7:44 am
Filed under: Festival, New Jersey

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.