Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

 

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Society of the Musicians of Ireland), often abbreviated to Comhaltas or CCÉ, is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. 

 

With its headquarters in Dublin, the organisation has a total membership of around 75,000 in more than 400 branches throughout Ireland, the UK and in a dozen countries worldwide. 

 

In the UK, there are 24 branches, of which 4 are in Scotland: St Patrick's (Coatbridge), St James the Great (Glasgow), Irish Minstrels (Glasgow) and Johnny Doherty (New Stevenston).

 

Comhaltas' aims are

  • To promote Irish traditional music in all its forms

  • To restore the playing of the harp and uilleann pipes in the national life of Ireland

  • To promote Irish traditional dancing

  • To foster and promote the Irish language at all times

  • To create a closer bond among all lovers of Irish music

  • To co-operate with all bodies working for the restoration of Irish culture

  • To establish branches throughout the country and abroad to achieve the foregoing aims and objects

 

Comhaltas runs the definitive system of competitions for Irish music, called the Fleadh Cheoil (literally the 'feast of music'). Traditional musicians of all ages around the world compete in a series of qualifying rounds, which eventually lead to the annual All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

 

 Comhaltas also promotes Irish language and dance across its branches.