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Annie Mullen Tributes

Annie Mullen Irish Music Scholarship

Wherever there was music there was Annie Mullen and whomever she could round up to support whatever artist was playing that moment. As a tribute to her endless support to all musical endeavors and to help keep Irish music going from generation to generation, the The Annie Mullen Memorial Irish Music Scholarship is being established in her memory and honor.

Donations Accepted by Our Branch

The scholarship will be managed by the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Branch and is being launched to aid talented students to follow their Irish music dream.

Buy tickets here: for the scholarship fundraising events:

Annie Mullen Irish Music Fundraising Events

Direct From Ireland John Beag O’Flatharta
2 Very Special Nights in Boston April 14-15, 2017

Friday April 14th At the Irsh Cultural Centre, Canton
Limit to 150 which is a Special Up Close Night
to include a Good Friday Fish Dinner
Tickets for this Night – $100
Doors open at 7:00 P.M.

Saturday April 15th At The Teachers Union Hall, Dorchester
Tickets for this night $30.00
Doors Open at 7:00 P.M.

If you are unable to attend either event, Friday, April 14th or Saturday, April 15th 2017, donations to this scholarship in Annie Mullen’s name may be sent to:

Michael Hickey, RHC Treasurer, 100 Woodpecker Road, Stoughton, MA 02072

Membership Renewals and Applications

It’s Time to Renew Your Membership

renew-membershipThe Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley CCÉ Branch has been in operation since 1976. Many of you know Larry Reynolds (RIP) was chairman since that time until his passing in 2012. I remember he took great pride in being one of the largest branches.

This year we are celebrating the branch’s 40th anniversary. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude whether you are a longtime Comhaltas member, new to the branch, or considering joining or rejoining us.

Without your support we would not have an organization nor could we fulfill our commitment to be fully involved in the preservation, practice, and promotion of Irish culture.

Membership Goals

Here are but a few of the goals we strive to keep paramount:

♫ To create a closer bond among all lovers of Irish music and dance
♫ To promote Irish traditional culture in all its forms
♫ To encourage and support children learning music, song and dance
♫ To foster and promote traditional singing in both Irish and English

Membership is crucial to the branch’s ability to keep active and vital. A strong membership enables us to keep going.

Benefits of Membership

Member benefits include a monthly newsletter to keep you well-informed of branch and community events, and Treoir Magazine which is published in Dublin, Ireland.

You can help us spread the word by encouraging others to become members. It really is an exciting time to be a Comhaltas member.

Become a Member or Renew Now

Print an application. Click here to go to Application page.

Please sign up and / or renew your membership today! Detach and fill out the membership form (print membership application here). Make check payable to CCÉ and mail both to Michael Hickey, Treasurer (address below).

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley CCÉ Branch

Anne McConnell-Strong Passing

A CHAMPION of traditional music has died following a fall just moments after she accepted an award for her contribution to Irish culture.

Prior to her retirement this year Anne had arranged one last tour, Echoes of Erin 2016, which ran for 10 nights over the last fortnight at the Gerry Gallagher Hall in Toronto. On the final night of the tour last Sunday, October 2, Mrs. McConnell-Strong was invited on stage at the end of the show to accept an award in appreciation for 37 years of hard work which she accepted, beaming. On her way off of the stage, she fell. Tragically, she succumbed to her injuries.



McCONNELL-STRONG, Annie – The family of Anne McConnell-Strong is devastated to announce her tragic passing on Monday, October 3rd, 2016.

A beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Anne was a loving light to her family, friends, and community, and a source of infinite grace and comfort.

Born in Co. Galway, Ireland, Anne trained as a nurse in England, and eventually settled in Canada in the 1960s. She quickly became a treasured part of the Irish community in North America, and owned two Irish pubs, Finnegan’s and Muldoon’s, as part of the Frontenac Hotel.

In 1978, Anne founded the local chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, was elected chairperson of the Eastern Comhaltas Regional Board in 1988, and spent nearly four decades ceaselessly promoting the development and preservation of Irish traditional music, dance and culture in Canada and the United States.

Anne is survived by her beloved husband Elmer, with whom she recently travelled the world, and with whom she shared a beautiful home in Glenburnie, Ontario, Canada. She is survived by her children, Ita (Pat), Dympna and Fintan (Katie), her grandchildren Madison, Wyatt, Austin, Shane, Liam, Fiona, Emer and Anais, and her great-grandchildren Bruce, Willamina, Sallyanne, Maeve, and Emrick.

Sister of Kate Lawton (Joe) of Kingston, Mary Finn (the late Sean) and Sally Burke (the late Brendan) of Ireland, and the late Teresa Kearney. She will be missed by her numerous nieces and nephews, and Elmer’s children Maureen, David (Linda), Larissa and Sonya, and her son Jack.

The family will receive friends at the Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral home, Kingston on Thursday, October 6th between the hours of 4 pm -7 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church on Friday, October 7th at 10:30 am. Rite of committal with prayers to follow at St. Mary’s cemetery.

Anne was a gift to this world, and was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She will be dearly missed, but her light will continue to shine in the lives of all of those she blessed with her presence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Martha’s Table.