Sean Keane – Granny’s Suitcase (Friday 19th June)

Sean Keane – One Man Show – Granny’s Suitcase
Fri 19th June, 8pm
Venue: The Lodge, Castlewellan
Admission: £15 (£12 concession)

Sean Keane brings his new one Man show ‘Granny’s Suitcase ‘ to the Lodge night. The show is set in his grandmother’s kitchen as he searches through her old Leather Suitcase where she held all the words of many famous songs that she collected from people who visited her home in Carragh near Caherlistrane in Co. Galway.

This is very much a family show and it is an opportunity to bring young children who may be interested in singing to hear the master at work.

Sean will sing many well known favourites during the show like, A Stor mo Chroi, Dear little Isle, May Morning dew, and many more including Erin’s Lovely Home, the first song he remembers learning. This is an opportunity to hear the authentic Voice
of Ireland perform these songs like the way they were passed from person to person and one generation to the next.

Class information – please read!

Next Thursday evening (4th June) is our last Thursday classes of the year and instead of the normal classes, our music committee (Maria, Vivienne & Niamh) have decided to get all the classes together for an end of year session.

The evening will run as follows :

  • 6.15-7.15pm — All 1st & 2nd year beginners on all instruments.
  • 7.30-8.30pm — Anyone playing 3yrs plus- Intermediate level again on all instruments.

This is for ONLY those who attend classes, unfortunately there won’t be room for Mums Dad’s in the hall at the sessions.
Also on display in the green room will be a variety of different types of traditional musical instruments which everyone can see and find out if they would be suitable to commence on these instruments come the start of the new Comhaltas year in September.

Our Music theory/ Music exam tutor Vivienne will also be available to speak to if you would like information about taking music grade exams through the Comhaltas. Pass the word please.

Many thanks,
Comhaltas committee members

Newcastle CCÉ presents Gaeltacht Summer Scholarships

Pictured are some of the students from the Newcastle Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann, who were awarded scholarships to attend Irish language Summer Colleges in the Gaeltacht this summer. This scholarship fund was developed cooperatively between Newcastle CCÉ branch and the local Irish language Group, Glór Uachtar Tíre.

IMG-20150525-WA0008Photo includes Newcastle Comhaltas Members Jean O’neill Treorai na Gaeilge Officer, Darragh McCrickard Treorai na Gaeilge Youth Officer and representing Glór Uachtar Tíre Tony O’Prey. Scholarships awarded to Oisin Hastings, Aoife & Orlaith McCusker and Alannah & Brianna McCartan-Walsh.

Ceili tonight (8th May) – Duntally Ceili Band

Hope to see you all tonight at our last Ceili of the season in the Lodge Cultural Centre Castlewellan Co Down (Lodge Castlewellan). Dancing from 9pm-late to the fantastic, toe-taping, reel & polka playing Duntally Ceili Band- back by very very popular demand.

Caller for the night Kathleen Smith.

Admission £8 & beautiful homemade supper provided.


It’s almost Fleadh time again, this year’s County Down Fleadh will be held in Castlewellan on the 27th June (sets/ceili competitions on the 21st June). We would encourage all our members to enter the Fleadh and join in competition with fellow musicians from across our County.

Entry forms need to be filled out by the 24th May and returned to any committee member. You can download a copy of the form using the link below OR we will have copies available at the desk on Thursday/Saturday classes.

Comháltas County Concert

All of the Comhaltas branches in County Down are getting together for what is sure to be a great nights entertainment full of music, song dance and storytelling.

This concert will be held in the fantastic venue at strongThe Lodge/ Dún Éigse Cultural Centre Castlewellan, on Saturday the 28th February at 7.30pm sharp/strong. The night will conclude with a session in Hillyard House Castlewellan.

The county concert is a fundraising night to support all our smaller branches within our county. Hope to see you all there 😀

Ps, no classes tomorrow Saturday 21st due to midterm Break.