April 2014 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

April 2014 CCÉ Newsletter [PDF]

April edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Newsletter plus additional information on the Irish Hearts for Orphans benefit dance Sunday April 27th 4-8PM at  Marriott Boston Quincy.

To members who’ve renewed their 2013-2014 membership – Thank You.  In an ongoing effort to streamline branch expenses, the newsletter will be mailed/emailed to paid-up members only. We are grateful to all members for your continuing support and extend a warm welcome  to our newest members.


Chairperson’s Greetings April 2014

A chairde,

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Tara Lynch, Chairperson

I’m looking forward to a weekend of Irish music and dance April 24th-27th in Parsippany, New Jersey! For the first time ever, the 2014 CCÉ Convention will wrap around a Provincial Fleadhanna! Several of us are heading to New Jersey to also enjoy Concerts and Ceilithe; Instrument, Singing, Set Dance, Ceili and Sean Nos workshops. The weekend’s theme is a celebration of the “bloom of youth,” the future of the Comhaltas movement! The branch wishes Tom Vesey and his team continued success.

To those not attending the convention, I encourage you to support the 5th Annual Irish Hearts for Orphans Benefit Dance on Sunday, April 27th at the Boston Quincy Marriott. See details in the flyer enclosed in the newsletter.

Kudos to our webmaster, Eileen McClelland, for the skillful redesign of our website and for getting emails off in between newsletters when needed. Dan Mahoney is doing a wonderful job emailing the monthly newsletter and other news too. Also, I want to acknowledge the Seisiún attendees who faithfully bring raffles and refreshments. Barbara Boyd has to often work miracles when break items are light. Keep in mind when Watertown bound.

I am grateful also for a key component to our success, the musicians, who I depend on each month to play for the sets. The dancers who skillfully maneuver thru the sets add to the craic too. Hats off to Lisa Coyne and the dedicated teachers and eager students at the Music School. To our board of officers and to all who support the branch I extend my sincere appreciation.

Members will be remembered in a special Marianist Novena of Masses at Easter and at daily Mass throughout the year. May you find happiness in the meaning of Easter and feel the joy and peace in the wonders of Spring.

God bless everyone  . . .  Tara Lynch, Chairperson

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“A Little Bit of Ireland” Irish Show 2014

A Salute to all things Irish

Comhaltas musicians including Tara Lynch and the Harney Academy of Dance and others will be performing with the Reagale Players in the Production “A Little Bit of Ireland” to be held at Waltham High School (617 Lexington Street) on Saturday, March 15th at 2PM & 7PM and Sunday, March 16th at 2PM. More info and advance tickets at Reagle Music Theatre.

"A Little Bit of Ireland" Irish Show 2014

Now in its 16th Edition! Enjoy one of the largest Irish shows in New England.  A pinch of Irish tenors!  A wee touch of Riverdance!   A peek at Irish cottage life.  A rousing Irish pub visit!  The lilt of laughter with a master Irish comic.  The grand rhythms of Irish step dancing.  The ever insistent charms of Irish bands.  Hundreds of bewitching Irish songs fill the air on St. Patrick’s weekend when everyone is Irish!   It’s Reagle’s hearfelt homage to an Emerald Isle – and it’s all “a little bit of heaven.”   Pure Celtic magic!

Chairperson’s Greetings March 2014

A chairde,

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Tara Lynch, Chairperson

The Irish community has lost a number of dear friends this past month. To the families of Brendan Tonra, Sean Potts, and Finbarr Dwyer, we offer our sincere sympathies. They will be remembered through our memories and their music always.

Once again, I and other Comhaltas musicians and the Harney Academy of Dance will be performing with the Reagale Players in the Production “A Little Bit of Ireland” to be held at Waltham High School, 617 Lexington St., Saturday, March 15th at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 16th at 2 p.m. Hope to see many of you at this popular event.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and Welcome Spring!

God bless everyone . . . Tara Lynch, Chairperson

Boston College Irish Music & Dance Events

Boston College Events (free admission) in January & February 2014

Paddy KeenanJimmy NoonanBoston College Gaelic Roots program is sponsoring several concerts and dances in January and February.  See Calendar for details.

  • Concert by Paddy Keenan and Jimmy Noonan on Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Whistle
    Thurs., Jan. 23, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m – Walsh Hall Function Room
  • Irish Dance and Céilí ~ Directed by Kieran Jordan & Live Music by Seamus Connolly
    Mon., Feb. 3rd – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Gasson Hall Irish Room
  • Mist Covered Mountains Concert Fiddle – Vocals – Guitar
    Donna Hébert, Molly Hébert,Wilson & Max Cohen
    Thurs., Feb. 27th – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walsh Hall Function Room


April Convention Registration Form

Comhaltas North American logoYou’ll have to book soon if you want to attend the North American Convention and Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in April! Two events are combined into one this hear.

The 2014 CCÉ Provincial Convention and Mid-Atlantic Fleadh from April 24-27, at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, NJ,  is hosted by the CCÉ Mid-Atlantic Region.

Read more about the convention in a related post and on the North American Convention and Fleadh website.

View the official flyer and registration form: 2014 CCE Convention Flyer April in Parsippany NJ but print the registration form here: print page 1 of 2 and page 2 of 2 (to fit on 8 1/2 x 11 paper).

Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley Branch – Boston, MA