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.
Because of the overlap of the Convention with the Fleadh, the music workshops will be held on Friday, April 25th.
For the first time ever, the 2014 Convention will wrap around one of our Provincial Fleadhanna! Come and enjoy Ceilithe and Concerts; Instrument, Singing, Set Dance, Ceili and Sean Nos workshops and be a part of our celebration of the “bloom of youth,” the future of our movement!
For more information, call Paul Keating at 201-722-0059 or visit http://www.nyfleadh.com. (Please note: Because of the overlap of the Convention with the Fleadh, the Convention’s music workshops will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014).
Rooms Reserved for Irish Music Weekend
When booking a room, ask for Irish Music Weekend Room Rate of $123/Night. Call (973) 267-7373 or register here at the CCE Irish Music Weekend reservation site. At the CCE Irish Music Weekend reservation site, a block of rooms have been reserved for April 24, 2014 – April 28, 2014. The special room rate will be available until April 4th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Past Conventions in Boston
A CCÉ North American Provincial Convention is celebrated and hosted in a different city each year. In 1997 the (then) Hanafin-Cooley branch hosted the 25th Annual North American Provincial Convention and the 2003 Annual Convention was held at the Boston Logan Airport in April 2003.