April edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter
March edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter
December edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter
It’s Time to Renew Your Membership
The 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.
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
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
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
November edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter
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.
October edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
1 – 6 p.m. at the
Irish Cultural Centre of New England
♫ Donation at the Door
♫ Music ▪ Song ▪ Dance ▪ Storytelling and more
♫ Pub and Concession Open
♫ Refreshments Available at the Break
The Reynolds Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann is saddened at the passing of longtime member Michael J. Connolly.
MICHAEL J. CONNOLLY
CONNOLLY, Michael J. of Northport, Florida, formerly of Osterville and Watertown, died on September 1, 2016 at The Joy of Living II in Northport, Florida after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in Ireland, County Galway in 1938. He came to America in 1962, where he worked at BF Goodrich in Watertown where he had an industrial accident in November of 1966. In 1970 he went to work at John Hancock in Boston where he worked for 30 years as a computer operator until his retirement in August 2000.
Mike formed a band in the 1980’s called Mike Connolly’s CelticAires. He played at many weddings and parties for 3 decades and recorded 2 albums. Mike was inducted into the Irish Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
Devoted Husband of Trudy (Murphy) of 50 years. Beloved Father of Trish McHugh and her husband John, the late Michael Connolly and Maureen Connolly. Cherished Daideo of his granddaugher Grace McHugh. Beloved Son of the late Hannah (Heaphy) and John Connolly, brother to Julia Higgins, Paul Connolly and his wife Rose, cousin Bernadette Conneely, and the late Mary O’Toole, Ann McCann, John Connolly, Peter Connolly. Also survived by 18 nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Jerome’s Parish, 632 Bridge Street, North Weymouth, MA. 02191. Burial will be private. Donations in Mike’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association .
Read a little more about Mike’s music from this 2013 Facebook post about O’Shea’s Old Inn Sunday night session.
And this page shows a couple of photos of Mike playing with other Irish musicians in Florida.
September edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter