December 2017 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

December 2017 CCÉ Boston Newsletter [PDF]

December edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter

Get details on the upcoming Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship fundraiser on December 10th (see attached flyer) and lots more happening in December!

Thank you to those who have mailed in your dues payment for November 2017 to October 2018. If you haven’t already renewed, please take some time to send it in now. New members are welcome. Renew or apply for membership here.

November 2017 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

November 2017 CCÉ Boston Newsletter [PDF]

November edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter

a few fall leaves

Read about the upcoming Northeast Regional events hosted by our branch including new Hall of Fame inductees and a ceili taking place on November 4th and a heads up on next month’s Ceili Mor Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser.

Reminder: It’s time to send in your dues payment for November 2017 to October 2018. New members are welcome. Renew or apply for membership here. Read about benefits of being a member.


July – August 2017 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

July – August 2017 CCÉ Boston Newsletter [PDF]

July-August edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter

Letter From Our Chairperson, Tara Lynch:

A Chairde,   

I trust you are all enjoying the longer days and taking advantage of the ever changing summer weather while it lasts.

Some of our young people will be heading to Ireland soon to compete and experience the magic of the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Ennis, County Clare.  The branch was happy to host a fundraiser in their honor in June.  What a delightful night it was!  To listen and witness several students showcase their varied talents, the teachers who participated, and the musicians that came along to encourage and support . . . all certainly made for a heart warming event.  My personal Thank You goes to those who joined us with kudos to the parents and all the behind-the-scene people who assisted us.   I am also especially appreciative to the few members who generously sent in donations.

A special thank you to Marie Yeager and family for designating the Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund as the charity to receive donations in Eddie’s memory.  We sincerely appreciate Marie’s acknowledgement of the enjoyment that she and Eddie received from the music and acknowledge this gesture to pass on the music and tradition.

We wish to thank the Mullen family indeed for their whole- hearted efforts in establishing the Annie Mullen Scholarship Fund.  Students of our music school that qualify to compete in the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann each year will be eligible for this scholarship.

At the September 24th Seisiún/Céili in Watertown, we’ll have the drawing for the prize to be awarded to a person that sponsored members during our spring membership campaign.

God bless everyone . . .                                                Tara Lynch, Chairperson


♦   Next Seisiún / Céilí –  Sun., Sept. 24th   ▪  3-7 p.m.

Canadian-American Hall, 202 Arlington St.,

Watertown. ▪  Adm. $10  ▪  Donations of baked goods

and raffle  prizes always greatly appreciated.


♦  Boston Comhaltas Music School – Registration opens

Aug. 12th and closes Sept. 9th.  Classes: Sept. 16, 23, 30

~ Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ Nov. 4, 11, 18.  Make up 12/9&16

Children and Adults  ~  All levels welcome!


♦  Set/Céilí Dance Workshop  ~  Resumes Tues.,

Sept. 19th  ▪  7:30 p.m. ▪  Can-Am Hall in Watertown

Come and enjoy the craic!  Beginners always welcome!



♦  To Colin Kadis this year’s recipient of the

Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship


Semi-Monthly Seisiún/Ceili  – The second and fourth Sundays of the month, Sept. thru June from 3-7 p.m. at the Canadian-American Hall, 202 Arlington St., Watertown, MA.  Musicians are invited to join in. There is set, ceili, old-time waltz, and other dancing.  Doors open for a slow session at 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday.  Refreshments served.  Admission $10 Set / Céilí Dance Workshop – Every Tuesday evening, Sept. thru May, at 7:30 p.m. at the Canadian-American Hall in Watertown. All levels welcome !

CCÉ Boston Music School
Columbkille Partnership School Brighton, MA
Phone:  (617) 696-0442
Instruction provided in Fiddle, Flute, Tin Whistle, Uilleann Pipes, Harp, C/G Anglo Concertina, Button Accordion, Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Bodhran, Singing/English & Irish (sean nós)

●  BCMS Commemorative Gifts Program

●  Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund

●  Frank Forde Memorial Music Scholarship

●  Annie Mullen Scholarship Fund

Make check payable to CCÉ and on memo line designate which fund you are contributing to. Mail to CCÉ c/o Michael Hickey, RHC Treas., 100 Woodpecker Rd., Stoughton, MA  02072

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Seize the Opportunity ~ Keep the Tradition Growing

Founded in 1997, CCÉ Boston Music School is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving traditional Irish music, song, dance, language, and culture

Registration for the 2017 fall semester opens August 12th and closes September 9th.  Our Executive Director

John Kearney and the teaching staff welcome both continuing and new students, adults and children, to a 10-week program

held each Saturday morning at St. Columbkille’s School, 25 Arlington St., Brighton, MA. Lessons are provided on fiddle,

flute, button accordion, tin whistle, C/G Anglo concertina, harp, uilleann pipes, guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin, bodhran, and in

singing English / Irish (sean nos). We do offer a range of rental instruments and have tin whistles for sale. For further information,

visit the branch web site ▪ phone  (617) 696-0442  ▪ email Students regularly participate

in local and international competitions.  Here are results of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Fleadh held in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley CCÉ Branch Competitors
Competition                                Category                                Competitor                                              Placed
Fiddle                                               U-12                               Aisling Doyle                                      1st

Button Accordion                    U-12                             Rory Coyne                                            1st

Button Accordion                    18+                               Colin Kadis                                            2nd

Concert Flute                          15-18                            Liam Murphy                                         3rd

Tin Whistle                           U-12                             Yurly Bane                                             1st

Tin Whistle                           12-15                            Molly Quinn                                          3rd

Tin Whistle                           15-18                            Liam Murphy                                         1st

Concertina                              U-12                             Niamh McGillicuddy                               1st

Melodeon                               U-12                             Rory Coyne                                            1st

Fiddle – Slow Airs                   U-12                             Aisling Doyle                                         2nd

Tin Whistle – Slow Airs                       12-15                            Molly Quinn                                          2nd

Duets                                                U-12                             Aisling Doyle & Niamh McGillicuddy        2nd

Trio                                      U-12                             Rory Coyne, Aisling Doyle

& Niamh McGillicuddy                            1st

Groupai Cheoil                                   12-15                            Realta Geala                                           3rd

Groupai Cheoil                                   15-18                            Realta Geala                                           3rd

English Singing – Ladies          12-15                            Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell                         3rd


– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Winner of Larry Reynolds Memorial Trophy – Sponsored by the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley CCÉ Branch

Fiddle – Slow Airs                   18+                               Lindsey Ceitina


Winner of John “Jerry” Lynch Memorial Trophy – Sponsored by the Lynch Family

Concertina                              15-18                            John Paul Wick

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Other Northeast Competitors

Competition                                 Category                                 Competitor                                               Placed

Fiddle                                                12-15                            Jonathan Ford                                         3rd

Concert Flute                           12-15                            Seamus Noonan                                      1st

Tin Whistle                            12-15                            Jonathan Ford                                         1st

Tin Whistle                            12-15                            Seamus Noonan                                      2nd

Tin Whistle                            18+                               Torrin Ryan                                           2nd

Concertina                               12-15                            Seamus Noonan                                      1st

Uilleann Pipes                         18+                               Torrin Ryan                                           1st

Piano                                     U-12                             Bailey Ford                                            1st

Accompaniment                       U-12                             Bailey Ford                                            3rd

Uilleann Pipes – Slow Airs         18+                               Torrin Ryan                                           1st

Tin Whistle – Slow Airs                        18+                               Torrin Ryan                                           1st

Duets                                     12-15                            Bram Pomplas & Seamus Noonan              2nd

Irish Singing Men                    18+                               Liam Hart                                              2nd

Composed Dance Song              N/A                              Denis Galvin                                          2nd

Some of our Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch Music School students who placed at the Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey are preparing for their trip to Ennis, County Clare, Ireland to compete at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann during the week of August 13-20.

Here is a message from Noeleen Fitzgerald a member of the 2017 implementation team.

Dear International Comhaltas Members,

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is one of the largest festivals of traditional music in the world.  For one week every August, the very best of traditional talent from all over Ireland and the world comes together to meet, to compete but most importantly to celebrate all that is best in Irish music, song and dance.  Ennis hosted the Fleadh in 2016 and experienced a joyful invasion of musicians and listeners alike, young and old, families and visitors, all drawn by the magic that the Fleadh promises and always delivers.  The reaction to the event was universally positive with very strong feedback from all who were in attendance.  Fáilte Ireland engaged Behavior and Attitudes Consultants to undertake a professional assessment of the Fleadh and the overall satisfaction rating of overseas visitors was 8.61 out of 10.

As we prepare for 2017 again here in Ennis, Co Clare, we are reaching out to Comhaltas overseas members to highlight the great week planned for 2017.

1.     Link to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 website –

2.    This year’s events  –

3.    A unique piece on the musicians of County Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way

In recent years, TG4 have run Fleadh TV which consists of live transmission with a three hour program each night over the Fleadh weekend.  The popularity of Fleadh TV continues to grow with 1.1m viewers tuning in for the 2016 event.  In addition, there was significant traction on Facebook, Twitter and other online channels, both for Fleadh TV and for the Fleadh itself.  There is also a link to Fleadh TV that will be live over three nights of the Fleadh here in Ennis.

I am a member of the 2017 implementation team here in Clare.


Noeleen Fitzgerald
Fleadh Coordinator Clare County Council