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Oral Irish course

January - 23 - 2023


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Christmas Table Quiz

Doors open at 7:30 pm, quiz starts at 8pm

€40 per table of four, to pre-book a table call Mike on 086 3883156

December - 15 - 2022


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Branch Membership

Notice to existing branch members or to anyone wishing to become a member of our branch.

Just to let you know that if you have not already paid your annual membership fee 2022-23 (which would now be due), you can do so by contacting treasurer@rahancomhaltas.com or you can drop in to us at our music & dance lessons each Friday from 17:30 – 20:30 (resuming on the 11th Nov).

Thanking you in advance

October - 25 - 2022


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Comórtas fidle: Bonn Óir Seán Ó Riada

Fiddle competition: Seán Ó Riada Gold medal & €2500 for winner 

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcaster and musician Peadar Ó Riada has announced that the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2022 competition is now open for entries, and that this year’s contest is for fiddle.  Friday 23 September is the deadline for entries.  

The Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal Competition is an annual traditional music competition, focused on a different instrument every year, run by Peadar Ó Riada through his Cuireadh chun Ceoil radio programme.  The winner will be presented with the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal and €2500.   

Some of the country’s top fiddle talent features in the list of previous winners of the Ó Riada Gold Medal, including Aoife Ní Bhriain, Dublin, who won the competition in its inaugural year, Darragh Curtin, from Brosna in Kerry who won in 2015, and Rebecca McCarthy-Kent from Tramore in Waterford who won in 2019.  

Peadar Ó Riada says:
“The competition is going from strength to strength every year, and musicians have spoken to us time and time again of the wonderfully supportive and friendly atmosphere of the final.  We’ve come to know musicians from around the world through the competition, and we’re looking forward to getting to know more great fiddlers this year.” 

Fifteen finalists will be chosen from the competition entrants, and invited to compete in the final in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork in the new year.   

To enter the competition, musicians must: 

  • Record 5 sets of tunes
    (They can be recorded on computer or phone, studio quality is not required) 
  • Register at www.cuireadhchunceoil.ie  
  • Upload the sets to the website by Friday 23 September   
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The finalists will be announced on the Cuireadh chun Ceoil programme live from the Éigse Dhiarmuidín festival in early December. 

The competition is sponsored by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Iontaobhas Fódhla, Gael Linn, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, IMRO and the Rochestown Park Hotel.   

September - 13 - 2022


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Music & Dance Classes 2022-23

If you would like to be part of our performing group ?

Or would just like to take part in a Seisiún like this ?

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and don’t know where to start, then why not check out our

Music classes

Registration is now open until 9th September and can be done by clicking on the following link

https://forms.office.com/r/TAGCSXwApx 

Fiddle, Banjo / Mandolin, Guitar, Whistle / Flute, Concertina, Accordion, Keyboard are all supported. Instruments can be hired and are subject to availability. The classes run for approximately 35 minutes and are tailored to the playing level of the students.

Classes starting on the 16th of September in in Killina Presentation Secondary school, Rahan. R35 PX95.

For further information, you  can contact Mike on 086 3883156

We will have an update on Step Dancing classes due to start in October shortly (watch this space)

It is never too late to start, so come on and give it a go!

August - 26 - 2022


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Fleadh Cheoil Laigheann 2022

Fleadh Launch invitation

And below here is some information received regarding the Competitions

We wish all competitors in the fleadh the very best of luck in the competitions and more importantly a very enjoyable experience.

June - 24 - 2022


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St Patricks day dancing dream team

Check out this mighty team of dancers who took Clara by storm during the this years St’Patricks day parade!

Here are most of the the gang together with the one and only Bertie Mc’Mahon

April - 8 - 2022


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Lá feile Naomh Padraig 2022

This year our branch took to the streets of Clara where we always receive a great welcome, to take part in the annual St’Patricks day parade. We had a great bunch of step and set dancers giving it socks backed up with lively music blasting our from our float full of musicians, here are a few pictures.

Following the fun and frolics in Clara then it was onwards to our friends in the Carmelite Nursing home in Moate before finishing off the evening with a few tunes and dancing in the Thatch pub, Rahan. Thanks to all involved.

March - 19 - 2022


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