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Chris Droney, R.I.P.

Chris Droney, Legendary Musician, R.I.P.

Globally, the trad community is on ‘pause’ as they reflect on the life of Chris Droney, legendary concertina player from County Clare, after his passing at the age of 95.  His legacy will continue for many years to come. Chris was also a family man and the beloved older brother of two of our long time members, Frank and John Droney.  On behalf of the Reynolds Hanafin Cooley Board and its members, we extend our condolences to John, Frank and the entire Droney family.  Chris’s death occurring within days of Jim Droney’s death, their nephew in Connecticut, has got to be difficult for this family.  Please remember them all in your thoughts and prayers.
Ar dheis  Dé go raibh a anam. 

Legendary concertina player Chris Droney has passed away, at the age of 95.

The Bellharbour native had been renowned across Ireland and abroad as an outstanding ambassador for Irish traditional music for several decades now.

Chris was the figurehead of the Droney family, which is renowned in music circles, with son Francis and daughter Ann, while many of his grandchildren continue the family tradition.

In 2012, Chris Droney was named as Clare Person of the Year while two years later he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement honour at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards. In 2018, he was bestowed with the annual MORGlor award.

In Clare, however, he will be best known as one of the most enduring and beloved figures in traditional music circles.

May he rest in peace.

The above picture and text was posted on the   clare-fm Facebook page.

Chris Droney’s Obituary

Link directly to Chris Droney’s obituary.   

It has been  re-printed it here for your convenience.

Chris Droney, Bellharbour, Co. Clare, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family, at UHG on Wednesday 9th September. Predeceased by his two brothers, Gussie (Jimmy) and Joe (Patrick) and very recently, his nephew Jimmy (USA).

He is survived by his devoted wife Margaret, his loving children, Jimmy, Ann, Clare, Francis, Declan, Joseph and Caroline, his grandchildren, David, James, Áine, Iarlaith, Oisín, Aoibhín, Ailbhe, Doireann, Cathal, Gráinne, Éanna, Christopher, Cian, Meaghan, Saileóg, Cillian, Ciara, Joey, Robin and Heidi and great-grandchildren, Hanorah, Líobhan, and Seán, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

May he rest in peace

House strictly private due to COVID 19 pandemic.

His funeral cortège will arrive at St. Patrick’s Church, New Quay, on Saturday, 12th September, for a private family Requiem Mass at 12 noon.

Those who would have liked to attend, and be part of Chris’ last farewell, can view the mass on http://funeralslive.ie/chris-droney/ or are welcome to stand outside the church grounds, along the route from St Patrick’s Church to Bellharbour village, observing social distance in accordance with Government guidelines.

The funeral cortège will proceed to his “final resting place in Peaceful Corcomroe”.

Condolences to the family may be left on the online page below.

Published on rip.ie Thursday 10th September 2020

Now that you’ve read his obituary, listen to Chris …in his own words.

This is a recent video (August 2020) published by TG4, narrated by Chris himself, talking about his life “in the heart of the Burren mountains” and his love of music and how it has been passed down from his grandfather and how it continues to be handed down. https://www.facebook.com/gradamceoil/videos/297030401383421
Chris Droney’s Music

And  listen to his music. It defined much of his life.

Chris Droney, Francis Droney, & Áine Droney playing at Greene’s Pub, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare in 2013  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MZmdm8UfYc

Chris Droney on concertina with Kitty Linnane on piano “two great heroes of the Clare tradition” performing three reels  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtBI5PKK9-M

Chris Droney  with the North Clare Trad Group in a toe-tapping pub session  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_An50wziSRU

Dave Flynn & The Clare Memory Orchestra present the Bellharbour Droneys, featuring some of the best Irish traditional, classical and jazz musicians around . At the end of the 2nd Movement ‘North Clare’ when Clare concertina legend Chris Droney came on stage as special guest with his children Francis and Aine the age range on stage was from 11-­88. (music only) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyyckI1hicU

Chris Droney recorded live at the 2014 Gradam Ceoil TG4 Irish music awards in Belfast. We are delighted to see him get up and set dance beautifully to Miss Thornton’s reel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FLy5Js2xeY&feature=youtu.be

Joseph ‘Joe’ O’malley, R.I.P.

Joseph ‘Joe’ O’Malley,    R.I.P.

 

With sadness, we advise you of the recent passing of Joe O’Malley.  May he rest In peace.  Many of you knew Joe personally, a proud Connemara man, or have seen him often playing his accordion at our ceilis, fundraisers, or any other gatherings where Irish traditional music was to be heard.  I recall oftentimes between figures of a set I’d hear a peal of laughter at some joke or funny story Joe was telling, or of how he always loved to have some Irish chocolate or sweets and would  share them with everyone. He will be missed.  

Our sincere sympathies to his wife Theresa, his children, Tricia and Martin, and their families. 

Ar dheis  Dé go raibh a anam.

Joe’s Obituary

 Link directly to Joe O’Malley’s obituary.   We’ve re-printed it here for your convenience.                    

O’MALLEY, Joseph of Weymouth, died peacefully on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He was 82.

Born in Carraroe, County Galway, Ireland, on February 14, 1938, he was the son of the late Patrick and Ann (Griffin) O’Malley. Joe was raised in Ireland before immigrating to the United States in 1959.

Joe was an extremely hard worker. At just 14 years old, he began working on a farm that required him to bicycle 25 miles from his home in Connemara.  He moved to England at the age of 16 and worked in construction there until he immigrated to the United States in 1959. He settled in Boston and worked as a union carpenter. Along with help from friends, Joe built the Weymouth home where he raised his family. When he wasn’t working, he most enjoyed playing cards, attending Irish football matches, visiting his homeland and never turned down an invitation to a party.

One of Joe’s greatest joys was entertaining people with his accordion tunes. Friends and family would gather for hours, listening, dancing and singing along to the many Irish classics he would play for them.

Joe embraced life to the fullest and attracted so many with his spirited sense of humor and love of making people laugh. He will be fondly remembered for his infectious laughter, which left you smiling as he always laughed the loudest at his own jokes.

Beloved husband of Theresa (Conneely) O’Malley, the two married in 1976 and shared 44 years of loving marriage. He was the cherished father of Tricia Sullivan and her husband Stephen Sullivan of Quincy and Martin J. O’Malley of Weymouth.  He was the brother of the late Mary Graney and her late husband Joe, the late John O’Malley and his late wife Nora, the late Michael O’Malley and his late wife Kathleen, Bridie Rose and her late husband Alan, Peggy Barrett and her husband Bill, Anne Dolan and her late husband Jimmy, the late Pat O’Malley and his wife Barbara, the late Barbara Jackson and her late husband John, Kathleen Tate and her husband Des, Noreen DeBriae and her husband Dick, Colm O’Malley, his partner Denise Curran and his late wife Barbara, the late Martin O’Malley and his wife Anne McDermott Green and Eileen Durkan and her husband Michael.

Joe is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and approximately a million friends.

In light of current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, all services for Joe will be private.  A private mass will be celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy, followed by private interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s name may be sent to the Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, MA 02021, or at www.irishculture.org by clicking “donate”.

Traditionally, the funeral is an opportunity for the community to gather in support of one another. Although we cannot gather together with Joseph’s family at this time, friends may offer their support by sharing a special memory or message by clicking the send condolences to the online obituary.   

Prepared by Maureen Conway, Secretary,

Summer2020 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

Here is your Summer2020 edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter.

Cape Cod

SUMMER2020 CCÉ Boston Newsletter [PDF] (printable)  

Some Highlights from our Current Newsletter

Is it really the middle of August?  Where did the summer go?  Time is defined in units of measurement  but it’s also framed against the background of events.  With many of our usual events rescheduled, cancelled  or changed, our perspective of summer has been diminished.  What summer?  But consider this.  We are five  months into the pandemic.  But we are also five months into the science of the virus as scientists around the world work on a vaccine.   The Comhaltas organization is striving to bring you opportunities to continue participating in Irish music, dance, language, history, and cultural and social events in the safest ways possible. 

Comhaltas/Branch News

The Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship is now open to branch members under the age of 21 years. For information go to cceboston.org/scholarships/ where you can check your eligibility, download the application and submit online.

News From Our Music School

Traditionally, autumn is the time to restart.   And that will be the focus  for the CCÉ Boston Music School as they discuss options for the upcoming school year.  Discussion are ongoing about how best to re-open the music school and safely bring classes to our students.  You may check the music school website at  Boston Comhaltas Music School  for updates.  

Comhaltas/Member News

  • Read some of the reflections our members have sent…what they miss.
  • A reel by written by Bill Black, member, for a set dancer, Donna Sheehan.  Sheet music inside.
  • History classes are once again coming to our devices.

 

 

Keep in touch…connect with us

Online Trad Resouces

  • The Comhaltas website has music and video archive
     www.comhaltas.ie/music 
  • Clare FM – The West Wind.  Listen live Monday to Friday 2 to 4 pm Boston time
  •  www.clare.fm  ~  listen back to recordings
  • TG4 Irish television channel www.tg4.ie  has a terrific archive of music programs. The website can be switched to English at the top right hand corner of the page.  Recommended ~ watch programs such as Gradam Ceoil TG4, Tradfest TG4, Sé Mo Laoch,  Geantraí,  Hup  and many more.
    Community Locations

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The Donna Sheehan Reel

The Donna Sheehan Reel

How do you support a set dancer diagnosed with ALS?   If you are RHC member, Bill Black, you may compose a tune  to “cheer her up a bit as she goes through whatever she’s facing…I figured that, being a set dancer, a reel would do no harm. And I think that’s the title I’ll use for it!,” he said. And so he did.

Listen to it.    Play it.   Dance to it.   Share it.

We’d love to hear your version of it on our Facebook page.

Here’s the audio file and the sheet music.

Bill offers the following comments.

Years ago the great Kerry fiddler Padraig O Keeffe supplied a jig to Breandán Breathnach for his “Ceol Rinnce na hEireann” collection. We know it today as one of the “Kilfenora” jigs but O Keeffe’s name for it was “A Prayer is Better Than a Tune”.

With all due respect to Padraig, I’d like to suggest that “A Tune Can Be a Prayer” might be more appropriate.This is the reason for “Donna Sheehan’s Reel” (aka “A Reel Can Do No Harm”). The idea is that every time it’s played, we keep the lady in mind in the kindest way possible. 

It’s up to the individual musician to decide what degree of spirituality is involved  in this – my own inclination would be to “offer it up” (Catholics will understand this concept immediately!) Other musicians might have different ways of approaching this – as far as I’m concerned any way of showing love for someone they may never know, and of wishing to become part of her struggle, is good.

Music has a spiritual power we don’t always understand. I’m hoping that “Donna Sheehan’s Reel” can generate some of that power for this best of all causes.

Bill Black 2020

Prepared by Maureen Conway, Secretary, and Eileen McClelland, Webmaster

Chicago E ceoil

2020 Chicago eComórtas Ceoil

 
The ongoing worldwide Pandemic has shut down the entire official 2020 CCE Fleadhanna schedule including our North American qualifying Fleadhs in the Midatlantic and Midwest regions for this year. In the vacuum, the Murphy Roche Branch CCE who were to host the Midwest Fleadh decided to organize a different type of event called the 2020 Chicago eComórtas Ceoil where solo registrants can get feedback on a submitted audio file by adjudicators selected by Murphy Roche.
Full details are on the Murphy Roche Irish Music Club Facebook Page and www.murphyroche.org where you must register by Monday midnight May 4 (Chicago Time.
Audio files must be submitted by May 9 and results will be via an online Zoom Party on May 17.  While Comhaltas Fleadhann Ceoil rules for solo submissions will be followed and there are discounts for CCE members who apply, it is an open “competition” for anyone and results will not have any official Comhaltas standing.  The intention of the organizing branch is to have a bit of fun and challenge music students and keep spirits up.

April May 2020 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

Here is your April/May 2020 edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter.

February in Clare 2020

April/May2020 CCÉ Boston Newsletter [PDF] (printable)  

Some Highlights from our Current Newsletter

Globally, the response to the pandemic has been of change and adapting.  Our newsletter is no exception.  Notices about live dances, music sessions and fundraisers have been replaced in our newsletter with virtual opportunities. But the bulk of this newsletter includes the reflections, thoughts, resources and even the words of a song submitted by branch officers and board members offered in support of and in gratitude for you, our members.   

Comhaltas/Branch News

The next newsletter will be the “Summer Edition” and we invite you, our members, to share your stories with us.   Found a great music/dance resource?  Heard from a  old friend of CCE? Let us know by emailing Barbara Davis  at  cceboston@verizon.net  

 

CCÉ Branch Facebook Page

Stay connected with us  on the   Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley Branch on Facebook page. Click the “Like” button so you don’t miss anything.

If you’re not already a member, you might also be interested in joining our long-standing CCÉ Boston Music School Facebook group.

Twitter iconWe’re also on Twitter! Follow us there @ccebostonorg.

Online Trad     

  • The Comhaltas website has music and video archive
     www.comhaltas.ie/music 
  • Clare FM – The West Wind.  Listen live Monday to Friday 2 to 4 pm Boston time
  •  www.clare.fm  ~  listen back to recordings
  • TG4 Irish television channel www.tg4.ie  has a terrific archive of music programs. The website can be switched to English at the top right hand corner of the page.  Recommended ~ watch programs such as Gradam Ceoil TG4, Tradfest TG4, Sé Mo Laoch,  Geantraí,  Hup  and many more.

Community Locations

Check occasionally for virtual and otherwise safe events at these locations:

Get our Newsletter delivered to your InBox as soon as it is available; sign up for membership here.

springtime Boston 2020

Springtime Boston 2020 is like no other in recent history.  The trees on Boston streets continue to bloom and the birds sing but there is no traffic (and no need for ‘blinkahs’ ) as we humans  “cocoon” at home in response to Covid-19 … away from the ceilis, the live music, the tunes and the songs…all that gives us life and joy.  In response to and in the spirit of resiliency,  we celebrate technology which connects us.

On behalf of the RHC Board, Tara Lynch, Frank Kennedy, Michael Hickey, Barbara Davis, John Kearney, Tom Crean and myself, we extend to all of you our wish for a happy hope filled Easter.

Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh
Good health and every good blessing to you!

(A Gaelic Prayer)

Some Virtual Opportunities Around Boston

April Fundraisers

The Irish Hearts Benefit Dance, always a favorite in Boston, transforms the lives of vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean . This year’s event is  going online and will be broadcast on the radio on Sunday, April 19th,  on WROL radio 950AM or 100.3FM from 1 to 2 PM. See announcement in this letter from Irish Hearts Hour. Read more info here, too

 Irish History Courses

Why not check off some items on your bucket list and take a course in Irish History  with Sean Murphy?

County Monaghan – image courtesy of visionofireland.org

CCÉ Branch Social Links

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Community Events

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March 2020 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

Here is your March 2020 edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter.

March 2020 CCÉ Boston Newsletter [PDF] (printable)  

Some Highlights from our Current Newsletter

It being March, there is no lack of opportunities to celebrate  dance and music.  Look for more details in our newsletter and on our calendar.

Upcoming Seisiuns/Ceilis/Fundraisers

  • RHC ‘s next Seisiún / Céilí – Sun, Mar. 22nd  at 3-7p.m with a slow session at  1:30 p.m.  
  • Saint Patrick’s Day & Spring Céilí Celebration Sun., March 29th   Irish American Home Society, Glastonbury, Ct, starting at 3:00
  •  Reagle Music Theatre – A Little Bit of Ireland
    March 14-15 – 2 p.m –  617 Lexington St., Waltham
    Showcasing:  Liam Harney and the Harney Academy Dancers and the Massachusetts Harp Ensemble. www.reaglemusictheatre.org/a-little-bit-of-ireland 
  • Saint Patrick’s Day celebration sponsored by Irish Pastoral Center & held in Florian Hall, March 17th.   Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by a full Irish breakfast. Entertainment between 12-4 p.m
  • Irish Heart for Orphans, Sun., April 19th, ,  Marriott Boston Quincy, Quincy, MA    Dancing: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ~ Program: 3-6 p.m.

Comhaltas/Branch News

  • It’s not too late to renew your membership! Michael Hickey is still accepting checks for new memberships or renewals.
  • CCÉ Mid-Atlantic Fleadh 2020  – May 8-10 Hilton, Parsippany, NJ Registration now open with a deadline of April 4th ($50 late fee)  ~  More info: www.cce-ma.com/mid-atlantic-fleadh

CCÉ NA Convention San Francisco News  

  • If you’re looking to book a room or cancel an existing booking, please email Josephine Brennan  – jobrennan@comcast.net
  • Attending the convention in San Francisco? Tables of 10 for RHC members and friends are being organized for the banquet.

News from our Music School

  • Tin Whistle classes are now being offered at the Irish Pastoral Center.  

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Community Events

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january/february 2020 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

Here is your January/February 2020 edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann newsletter.

January February 2020 CCÉ Boston Newsletter [PDF] (printable)  

Some Highlights from our Current Newsletter

New Years…a time of new possibilities and beginnings. If you resolved to immerse yourself in dance and music, January will not disappoint. Look for more details in our newsletter and on our calendar.

Upcoming Seisiuns/Ceilis/Fundraisers 

  • January 12 will be our next Seisiún / Céilí  at the Canadian American Club in Watertown  from 3:00–7:00.  
  • January 19  is the Frank Hartigan Scholarship Fund Benefit at Hibernian Hall, Watertown. Join us at 3 and stay til 7. 
  • And over the weekend of January 24-26, we round out the month at the Cape Cod Irish Village with Northeast Céilí Band ~ Special Guest: Tara Lynch

Comhaltas/Branch News

  • It’s not too late to renew your membership! Michael Hickey is still accepting checks for new memberships or renewals.

CCÉ NA Convention San Francisco News  

  • If you’re looking to book a room or cancel an existing booking, please email Josephine Brennan  – jobrennan@comcast.net
  • Registrations for the convention are not only being accepted but encouraged in order to plan effectively. Save the price of a stamp and register online.

News from our Music School

CCÉ Branch Facebook Page

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Community Events

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