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North County’s New Trad School Celebrates

Tin Whistle Group: Piaras O'Meila, Eoin Duff, Adam Livingstone, Liam Rothwell, Cathal Rothwell, Kate Munro. Aoibheann Crowe with Teacher of Fiddle and Flute is Mairead Hughes

Traditional Irish music school, Craobh Na Mara, recently celebrated its First Year Anniversary with a very special celebration concert at the Seamus Ennis Arts centre. It was a great success with children, teens and adults playing to a packed house.

Craobh Na Mara is the new North Fingal branch of the well renowned Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. It is a community organisation based in Balbriggan.

The concert was the highlight of an exciting year and it featured sets on the Banjo, Fidil, Guitar, Flute, Tin Whistle, Bodhran, Button Accordion and Harp.

Riona Ní Shúilleabháin, chairperson of Craobh Na Mara, said: “We’re delighted to receive such an enthusiastic and warm response this evening. Craobh Na Mara provides a great new dimension for Trad music in North Fingal.

“Our aim is to provide affordable tuition in as many of the traditional Irish instruments as possible e.g. a term can cost as little as €50 per family member and we have pupils attend from-all over the region including Skerries, Balrothery, Balscadden etc.”

Classes take place on Monday evenings in the Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigin from 7-9pm for all levels from beginner (never having played an instrument) to advanced. Children’s classes run from 7-8 pm followed by Ceili Band practice.

Adult tuition starts at 8pm. Monthly sessions take place in Skerries Mills for the children and in the Man O’War for adults. Plans for the New Year include a Senior Adults Ceili Band and “family sessions” where parents and children play together.