Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and as you can read in our history we’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.
We are Ceoltoiri na Sionnaine, the Munster based youth group for Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann. It all started out a number of years back when Majella Bartley and Sarah Jane Woods felt there was a need for young musicians to get together regularly, to have a meeting point for playing and swapping tunes and for showing off the talent of many young people, who sometimes dropped out of playing music along the line.
Out of this, Ceoltoiri na Sionnaine was born. We started out meeting regularly in the University of Limerick, itself a great place for Music and the home of many fantastic ambassadors of our Irish traditions.
We gradually started performing at gigs locally and also at the county and provincial fleadhanna, while all the time meeting with other young people from the province of Munster and enjoying the learning and socialising taking place.
The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick