New term letter from our Chairperson

A chairde,

As another new term begins I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our returning members and to the overwhelming number of new members who have joined us this year.nbsp;

As we now have so many children attending a large variety of classes it is necessary to highlight a few health and safety guidelines;

– Children must be accompanied into the lodge, sign in at the main desk and proceed to their tuition room.

– Parents/Guardians are not permitted to disturb classes.nbsp; If you have any queries, please speak to a committee member at the main desk.

– Newcastle CCÉ are NOT responsible for children/young people before, between or after classes.

– Can parents/guardians when parking be mindful of other business users here at the lodge and do NOT park in spaces reserved for those businesses.

We would like to thank you for your co-operation with the above points and hope you have an enjoyable year ahead.

Finally as you may be aware Newcastle CCE are holding our annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 29th November and we are currently collecting for the Tombola Stall.nbsp; Any donations of unwanted, unused gifts for example soap sets, tins of biscuits/sweets, ornaments ornbsp; cuddly toys would be greatly appreciated.

Is mise le meas
Róisín Howell


Registration 2014/15

Registration for the year 2014/2015 @ Newcastle Comhaltas will be held in the Lodge Cultural Centre,  Castlewellan on the following 3 dates.

  • Thur 4th Sep, 7-9pm
  • Sat 6th Sep, 10-12noon
  • Thur 11th Sep, 7-9pm

It is advised if wanting to register for classes again this year you attend to register as soon as you can as places in classes can not be held. Numerous musical instruments classes catered for (including hire of instrument), singing classes, set dancing & irish language. Seniors & Juniors (must be P3 or above).

All classes are run in the Lodge Cultural Centre on Thursday evenings (4.15pm-9.15pm) and Saturday mornings (9.30am-1pm). The full class timetable will be available soon!

Sean Keane

Sean Keane in Concert

Friday, June 27
The Lodge, Castlewellan

This is an opportunity to hear one of Ireland’s most distinctive voices sing some great songs.

Included in his set will be his newly released single “Don’t teach me how to cry”. This follows up from his album release “Never Alone” that had 45 tracks including six new tracks and 39 tracks from his previous 8 albums.

Since returning to the circuit Sean has toured Germany and America. He will be playing all over the country during the summer. In September he will be returning to America, October he will take in Spain and England and most of November he will be in Germany. In December he will be touring Ireland with his “Christmas by the Hearth tour”. Due to the great loss of his wife Virginia in 2010 Sean did not tour for nearly four years and last year he made the decision to go back on tour and he is really enjoying his revival and getting to play in venues where he used to sing on an annual basis.

This is an opportunity to hear Sean sing “Home”, “Home away from Home”, “Exile”, “Isle of Hope”, “Paint me a picture of Ireland”, “Galway to Graceland”, “Man from Connemara”, “Like i used to do” and many more.

Sean will be joined on stage with Pat Coyne on guitar and Fergus Feeley on Mandocello. Sean also plays the tin whistle, low whistle, flute, harmonica and Uilleann pipes. His music spans many genres – Traditional, Sean nos, Country and Bluegrass.

Sean is from a very famous musical family, his grandmother was well known for collecting songs.
His father and uncle and aunts had a traditional Ceile band and played around county Galway during the fifties and sixties.

Comhaltas branch of Newcastle, Co.Down