About

WHO WE ARE

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music . We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and as you can read in our history we’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.

WHAT WE DO

Because we’re so many different things to different people, it can be hard to keep track of the true scope of our activities! You might have been involved with a Comhaltas event and not even known it.

If you’re a student of Irish music, you might know about the music, dance and language classes that we teach through our network of branches. If you’re interested in learning the music, you might want to find which one of our 1,000 weekly classes is closest to you.

For musicians who like to play socially, you might be interested in finding a local Comhaltas music session. And if you’re not sure, how about just going along to listen?

Audiences around the world have seen our touring groups bringing Irish music, dance and storytelling on annual tours.

We also run the definitive system of competitions for Irish music, called the ‘Fleadh Cheoil, literally ‘Feast of Music’. Musicians compete in a series of qualifying rounds, Culminating in the annual All – Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

We’ve collected an archive of thousands of hours of Irish music recordings, a large print library and a growing collection of videos. You can get a sample of some of this material in the Music section of our website – https://comhaltas.ie/music/.

In an effort to promote the music of Ireland, we publish recordings, books and tutorials of Irish traditional music. You might want to take a listen over in our shop – https://comhaltas.ie/shop.

WHERE WE ARE

We’re an international movement with our headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. You would be more than welcome to stop by for a visit to our home base, Cultúrlann nah Éireann, or to visit a local Comhaltas branch close to where you live.

Comhaltas also reaches into local communities around Ireland with our Regional Centres.

VISION

“Ulster will be a Province where cultural assets and activities enrich the lives of all, are accessible to all and bring benefits to both the individuals who use, encourage and develop them, whilst contributing social, cultural and economic benefits to the communities and spaces which host them.”

MISSION

“To lead the implementation of An Ród Seo Romhainn across Ulster, creating the conditions for volunteer and local groups to be effective in passing on and developing our traditional cultural assets through support, education, advice, enhancing spaces and attracting resources.”

VALUES

Ulster CCÉ values are to always work in ways that are Volunteer Centred,  Respectful, Community focused, Inclusive, Ambitious and Nurturing. 

HISTORY

CCÉ was founded in 1951 with the objective of keeping our unique arts traditions in all forms alive and returning them to a prominent position in Irish life…As a result of the pioneering work of Comhaltas, public interest in our ancient arts was rekindled and that torch, once lit, has burned with increasing intensity over the last 7 decades.

ULSTER CCÉ DEVELOPMENT PLAN

“To lead the implementation of an An Ré Nua across Ulster creating the conditions for volunteer and local groups to be effective in passing on and developing our traditional cultural assets through support, education, advice, enhancing spaces & attracting resources.”

Across the next few years, we plan to redevelop our five year strategy to grow as an organisation, opening doors for new opportunities.