Tuarascáil go dtí seo.

Bringing us up to date on the recent happenings of Craobh CCÉ,  Cúil an tSúdaire.

At our very well attended AGM, reports were adopted from the Officers on the big level of activities undertaken for the past year.

An Rúnaí, Shirley Conway, presented a comprehensive and lengthy report of all our activities. It was much commented on for it’s inclusive and colourful content.

An Rúnaí, Shirley Conway.

An Cisteoir, Teresa Keller, reported a healthy balance and thanked everyone who had helped out in the various fundraisers held over the year, the Committee, the Members and the Musicians who were not found wanting and gave freely and willingly of their time and effort.

Reports were received from the other Officers as laid out in the Agenda and all reports were unanimously adopted.

The Outgoing Executive and Committee (with some new faces) was  re-elected.


Arrangements were put in place to make presentations on behalf of the Branch to those performers who represented us and themselves with great success at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis 2016. Mementos were presented to Mary O’Donnell, Clare and Seán Faherty, Senan and Cillian Moran, Fionn Connolly, Ciara and Diarmuid Faherty at a Function and Session in the Anvil Inn, Main Street, in the upstairs Restaurant. A very enjoyable night was held with refreshments laid on.


The end of Term Christmas Party was held in Assembly Hall of the Boys’ Primary School on Friday night 16th Dec ’16. A large number of ‘well dressed’ performers and helpers turned out for the occasion.

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More Photos are posted here

It remains to wish everybody involved in or associated with Portarlington Comhaltas and all our supporters and well-wishers a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

We would like to say a word of THANKS to everybody for their efforts and great support over the past Year. Go Raibh Maith Agaibh go Leir.




SCT Celebrations.

On Sunday evening last 25th September ’16, Portarlington Branch CCÉ held a Concert in the CYMS Concert Hall, Mountmellick to present SCT Certs to those Musicians who took part in the exams earlier this year.

A large crowd of happy people, musicians and their families, assembled for the occasion which was admirably organised by our Music class organiser, Gerry Conway.


He was ably assisted  by our Branch Secretary, Shirley Conway who had prepared the Certificates and Class awards and looked after the door and refreshments.

The Certs and Awards were presented by Branch Cathaoirleach, Robert Gleeson. The presentation took the form of a Concert and everyone who wished gave a performance of high standard. At the urging of Gerry, the Cathaoirleach was prevailed on to play some pieces with some of the fiddlers on stage.


He thanked Gerry and Shirley for their continuing hard work on behalf of the Branch and also the Hall Committee and Ger. Lynch who opened and prepared the hall.

In making the presentations, the Cathaoirleach asked the musicians on stage to be aware always of the help given by their Parents and Siblings who act as taxis and general supporters for them in their musical journey. All Musicians gave a big round of applause for this. In complementing all the Musicians for their high standards both in the exams and performance that evening, he also stressed the need for continued practice. It is, as he said, a case of Practice, Practice and More Practice.


The evening drew to a close with all playing a set of Polkas in a forceful, lively fashion.  More Photos here.


Fleadh Ceoil Ennis 2016.

Portarlington CCÉ, at the Committee Meeting on the 22th of August last was very appreciative of the efforts of all our competitors at the All-Ireland Fleadh during the past week in Ennis, Co Clare.

Congratulations were extended to everyone who competed for their efforts and hard work in preparing for the Fleadh and in getting through the County and Leinster Rounds.

Prize Winners :



CÉILÍ BAND DRUMS-15-18     1st – Diarmuid Faherty, CCÉ, Cúil an tSudaire.

ACCOMPANIMENT-15-18       2nd – Diarmuid Faherty, CCÉ, Cúil an tSudaire.


MANDOLIN-12-15                 1st Ciara Faherty, CCÉ, Cúil an tSudaire.

MISCELLANEOUS-12-15     2nd – Ciara Faherty, CCÉ, Cúil an tSudaire.


SENIOR MELODEON             2nd – Clare Faherty, CCÉ, Cúil an tSudaire.


FIDDLE-15-18                         3rd – Senan Ó Móráin, CCÉ, Cúil an tSudaire.



HARP SLOW AIRS-U12         2nd – Cillian Ó Móráin, CCÉ, Cúil an tSudaire.


Congratulations also to Fionn Connolly,  u12 Melodeon, Sean Faherty,  Senior Flute & Flute airs. and Mary O’Donnell Senior Fiddle Airs  who acquitted themselves very well.




Again well done….looking forward to next year already. Congratulations to Ennis on a well run Fleadh Ceoil in spite of the rain.

Comóradh Eirí Amach Na Cásca 1916-2016.

Tháinig muintir Comhaltas Cúil an tSúdaire agus ár gCáirde le ceile óiche aoine an céad lá d’Aibreán seo caite in Emo Court, cun comóradh Céad Bliain Éirí Amach na Cásca  a comoradh.

Ceolchoirm chun ómós a thabhairt do Tomás MacDonagh, sínitheóir an Fhorógra i 1916.

Ceolchoirm Spéisialta de ceol, filíochta agus amhráin traidisiúnta a bhí ann.

The Drawing Room in Emo Court rang out to the sound of Fiddles, Accordion, Harp, Whistles, Flutes, Songs, Pipes, Banjo, Piano, Melodeon and Guitar. Artistes from our Branch provided entertainment on the night.

An Audience of Invitees, Awardees and friends filled the limited space for the occasion.


The performers on the night (above photo) were :

Front L/R, Kate MacDonald, Fiadh Fitzpatrick, Ciara Faherty and Roisín Fenlon.

Back L/R, Caoimhe Daly, Mary O’Donnell, Eimear Scully, Clare Faherty, Diarmuid Faherty and John Tobin.

Sound and Video: Seán Faherty.

The function was held to honour the ultimate sacrifice of Tomás MacDonagh, a signatory of the Proclamation, who was executed in Kilmainham Gaol and whose great grandson Paul McAuley and his family live in Portarlington.

The night started with a most interesting and informative outlining of the life and times of Tomás MacDonagh by his Granddaughter, Muriel McAuley.

The artistes then performed a concert of music and songs, among which was the appropriately named and Traditional  ‘The Centenary March’.

Following a short break, framed copies of the Proclamation were presented for Voluntary Community Activity to the following:

Mrs Dorothy Odlum, Mrs Peggy Harris, Mrs Shirley Conway,

Dr L.M Fullam, Mr Ronnie Mathews, Mr Niall McElwaine,

Mr Robert Gleeson,

The presentation was made by Mr John Dunne Leas-Cathaoirleach, Craobh CCÉ.


Seated L/R, Liam McAuley, Mrs Dorothy Odlum, Mrs Peggy Harris, Mrs Muriel McAuley, Mrs Shirley Conway, Sophie McAuley.

Standing L/R, David McAuley, Paul McAuley, Dr.L M Fullam, Michelle McAuley-Drysdale, Ronnie Mathews, Niall McElwaine,

Oscar McAuley, Robert Gleeson, John Dunne.

Muriel McAuley then recited the poem ‘The Man Upright’ by Tomás MacDonagh, to get the second part started.



Portarlington Branch, CCÉ, wishes to express its thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make the occasion pleasant, exciting and successful, to the ealaíontóirí óga who carried their part so smoothly and professionally, to people in the car park, at the entrance guiding visitors and to Gerry Conway, whose legendary negotiating and organising skills were obvious throughout. To the Management and Staff of Emo Court for their courtesy, advice and hard work preparing the venue. Go raibh míle, míle maith agaibh go léir.

Some photos are posted here