Sitges 2018 – The Story So Far

Tá an t-am sin den bhlian tagtha arís, an oilithreacht bliantiúil go Sitges. Seo roinnt samplaí de cad a bhí ar siúl againn ann. Níos mó pictiúir agus fís le teacht! Bainaigí taitneamh as.

It’s that time of year again, the annual pilgrimage to Sitges. Here are some examples of what we got up to. More pictures and videos are on the way! Enjoy the performances.

The Rosclogher set – with some fancy footwork!

Live from the El-Cid, Creative Connexions – Sitges 2018

Posted by Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghréagáin on Sunday, October 28, 2018
The Armagh Polka – with friends from Borris and Beaumont

Creative Connexions – Live from the El Cid – Sitges 2018

Posted by Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghréagáin on Sunday, October 28, 2018
Pool side Craic – This is not as easy as it looks!!!

Live from Creative Connexions – Sitges 2018

Posted by Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghréagáin on Sunday, October 28, 2018
The Finale – Live from The Hub

Live from Creative Connexions – Sitges 2018

Posted by Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghréagáin on Sunday, October 28, 2018
Cathal's moving rendition of this beautiful tune – All around the Fairy Fort

Live from Creative Connexions – Sitges 2018

Posted by Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghréagáin on Sunday, October 28, 2018
Daniel moves the spectators with his slow air

Recorded live from Creative Connexions – Sitges 2018

Posted by Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghréagáin on Sunday, October 28, 2018
Tadhg captivates the audience with this Catalonian melody

Recorded live from Creative Connexions – Sitges 2018

Posted by Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghréagáin on Sunday, October 28, 2018
Sophie enthralls the audience with her dance steps

Recorded live from Creative Connexions – Sitges 2018

Posted by Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghréagáin on Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tús Téarma Nua | New Term

Fáilte mhór ar ais roimh gach éinne anseo don bhlian nua ranganna. Ba mhaith linn comhghairdeachas a dhéanamh le gach éinne a bhí san iomaíocht sa Fleadh thar an samhraidh. Cuirfear tús leis an téarma nua le clárú sa Chultúrlann ar an 11ú Meán Fómhar (11/9/18). Tosóidh ranganna ansin ar Máirt an 18ú (18/9/18) agus Déardaoin an 20ú (20/9/18). Tá dátaí breise don bhlian 18/19 ar fáil sa féilire.

Welcome back everyone to the new year of classes. Well done to all who competed in the Fleadh over the summer. The new term will kick off with registration in the Cultúrlann on the 11th of September (11/9/18). Classes will commence on Tuesday the 18th (18/9/18) and Thursday the 20th (20/9/18). All dates for the year 18/19 are available in the calendar.

Fleadh Laighean / Leinster Fleadh

Fleadh Laighean Poster

Fleadh Laighean

Ba mhaith linn comhghairdeachas mhór a dhéanamh le gach éinne a ghlac páirt sa Fleadh i mBaile Átha Cliath. Sheinn na grúpaí cheoil ar fad go hiontach ach faraor níor éirigh ach leis na grúpaí faoi 12 agus faoi 15 dul chuig an chéad babhta eile. Comhbhrón mór ag dul leis an grúpa faoi 18. Beidh Fleadh Laighean ar súil i Muine Bheag i gCeatharlach i mbliana. Tá eolas maidir leis na hamchláir thíos. Go n-éirí go geal le gach éinne ann.

Leinster Fleadh

All the students who competed in the Dublin Fleadh deserve huge congratulations. The grúpaí cheoil played extremely well, but sadly only the under 12’s and under 15’s managed to make it to the Leinster Fleadh. Hard luck to the under 18 group. This year’s Leinster Fleadh is taking place in Bagnelstown in Carlow. Information about the timetables are available below. Good luck to everyone there.

 

Amchlár Satharn / Saturday Timetable

Amchlár Domhnaigh / Sunday Timetable

 

Dublin Fleadh Week

Fleadh Átha Cliath 2018

Más fíor gur leath na h-oibre é tús maith, bhí leath Fleadh Átha Cliath curtha i gcrích ar bhonn thar a
bheith sásúil ag an seoladh sa Lexicon i nDún Laoghaire. Thug na radharcanna iontacha thar bhá Átha
Cliath cúlra álainn do chainteoraí agus ceoltóirí na h-oíche. Bhí Tristan Rosenstock, iar-bhall dár
gcraobh agus bodhránaí le Téada, ina Fhear an Tí agus labhair sé faoin bunús sa cheol a bhfuair sé ag
foghlaim an feadóg stáin ó Máiréad. Chuir ár gCathaoirleach, Niamh Uí Chroidheáin, tús forimeálta
leis an ócáid agus ina ndiaidh, chualamar ceol binn ón “Dublin Performance Group” – ceoltóirí ó
chraobhacha de Chomaltas ar fud na cathrach.

Chualamar óraideanna ó Cathaoirlach an Chomhairle Chontae Tom Murphy, an t-Aire Josepha
Madigan agus Ard-Stiúthóir an Chomhaltais, Lábhrás Ó Múrchú ach ba é buac-phointe ná h-oíche ná
an bronnadh a rinneadh ar ár sár-chara Moya Brennan in aitheantas ar an tús speisialta a chuireann
sí leis an Nollag dúinn, le 10 blian anuas lena ceolchoirmeacha i séipéal Bhaile na Manach – ócáidí a
ghnóthaíonn, ní h-ámháin foinsí tábhactacha don Chraobh, ach deiseanna iontacha dár gceoltóirí
óga. Meas mór ag dul go Moya as an cinneadh a rinne sí gan óraid fada a thabhairt ach ina áit an t-
amhrán álainn “Gaoth Barra na dTonn” a chanadh dúinn. Molaimid an nós seo d’ionadaithe poiblí i
gcoitinne!

Bhí ceol arís again le seit bríomhar ó múinteoirí na craoibhe agus ceol binn ó Clíona Nic Cába agus a
grúpa den amhránaithe óga. D’aithris Seán de Grá dán a chum sé go spesialta don ócáid agus bhí an
focal scoir ag Aisling Jarvis le amhrán dátheangach dá cuid féin.


Ar an Máirt bhí seisiún amhránaíochta again sa “Mansion House” agus fiú ghlac an Árd-Mhéara féin
páirt ag canadh. Ar an gCéadaoin bhí slua mór i láthair don “pop-up Gaelttacht” i dtigh O’Rourkes sa
Charraig Dhubh agus arís bhí ceol bríomhar againn ó iar-bhaill na Chroibhe.

Agus é seo ar fad roimh an phríomh-ócáid i meánscoil Naomh Pól na gCnoc Glas. Léirigh rath na
deireadh seachtaine an méid oibre a bhí déanta ag ullmhúhcáin agus ag pleanail ar feadh roinnt míosa roimh ré.
Cur i gcrích gan cháim a bhí i gceist, ghlac gach éinne go díograiseach lena ról idir maoirseáil na
gcarrchlós, cead isteach, doirse, cléireáil, sólathar tea agus caife agus fiú chur an grian leis an
iarracht. Táimid fíor-bhródúil agus bhuíoch don fhoireann mhór a tháinig le chéile chun deireadh
seachtaine thar barr a chinntiú.

D’éirigh le roinnt mhaith dár gceoltóirí agus dhá ghrúpa cheoil dul ar aghaidh go Fleadh Laighean
agus tréaslaimid leo. Tá na h-ullmhúcháin don ócáid sin, i Muine Beag, faoi lán tseol cheana féin.

Dublin Fleadh 2018

The Dublin Fleadh 2018 got off to a great start in the beautiful location of the Lexlcon Dun Laoghaire. All musicians and speakers were framed by stunning views of the harbour and pier on a beautiful evening. The event was chaired by Tristan Rosenstock, bodhran player with Teada and himself an ex-pupil of Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghreagain who spoke of his early days in the branch and learning whistle from Mairead before taking up the bodhran. Niamh Uí Chroidheáin our chairperson then opened the evening in Irish which was followed by music from ‘The Dublin Performance Group’ of young musicians from Comhaltas Branches across Dubin.

Speeches were made by Cathaoirleach Tom Murphy, Minister Josepha Madigan and Ard-Stiúrthóir Labhrás Ó Murchú but the highlight of the evening was the presentation to Moya Brennan in well-deserved recognition of the last 10 years of fund raising and morale raising concerts she has performed each Christmas in lovely Monkstown church. Moya took the unusual step of, after a few words, delighting us with a song instead of a long speech. We feel this should become a general habit!

Other musical acts of the evening were the teachers from the branch with a lively set. The strength of singing in the branch was ably demonstrated by 6 singers led by Clíona Nic Cába. Seán Grey recited a poem especially written for the occasion and the evening closed with Aisling Jarvis performing a song in English and Irish.

On Tuesday a singing session took place in the Mansion House on Dawson Street in which the Lord Mayor took part. On Wednesday a well-attended pop-up Gaeltacht was held in O’Rourke’s pub on Main Street Blackrock. The music in O’Rourke’s was provided by some ex Craobh members and really added to the atmosphere in what was a very enjoyable evening.

And this was all before the main event which took

place in St. Paul’s Secondary School Greenhills.  The weekend was a testament to the hard work that had gone on in the months before and over the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The event ran like clockwork, and everybody from carpark attendants to those doing admission, programme selling, delivering teas and coffees, guarding doors, clerking, administration etc. were hard working, uncomplaining and above all cheerful which made for a great atmosphere. The sun shone, and 2 of our groups got through to Leinster as well as a number of individual performers. Congratulations to them all. All in all a truly memorable Fleadh.