Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann (pronounced kohl'-tas kyol-tor'-y air'-in) literally means the "gathering of musicians of Ireland". Commonly known as simply "Comhaltas", it is an international organization dedicated to promoting traditional Irish music, dance, and culture.
Founded in 1951 in Ireland and based in Dublin, Comhaltas has grown to include numerous branches in every county of Ireland and over 400 branches in 15 countries around the world.
Worldwide, Comhaltas sponsors ceilis (dances with live traditional music), music sessions, workshops, music lessons and a system of music competitions called Fleadh (pronounced fla) that culminate in the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the All-Ireland Music Festival, held annually in Ireland.
Comhaltas publishes recordings, books and tutorials of Irish traditional music. The main Comhaltas website has videos of many fine contemporary Irish musicians. It also maintains an archive of recordings, documents and images collected during the last half-century, some of which is available online.
As a member you receive:
- an official Comhaltas membership card which qualifies you for discounts on the admission fee at participating events and all Comhaltas conventions.
- a subscription to Treior, the magazine of Comhaltas. Published 3 times a year, it contains stories on the activities of CCÉ-worldwide and its members and branches. Each issue also includes music, lyrics and history of several traditional tunes and songs.
- reduced rate accommodation at Comhaltas head office in Dublin. (For more information, email email@example.com.)
For information about local membership, please contact: Ena O'Brien