Summer Sessions:

Cavan and Ballyjamesduff

Our Summer Seissiun Show of traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance Got started on July 2 in Ballyjamesduff, in the County Museum from 8-9pm and then from  July 3 in Cavan town at the Farnham Arms Hotel from 8.30-9.30. It was a fantastic summer and we hope you enjoyed the show.  We look forward to seeing you again next year.  Check our Gallery Summer Seissiun 2013 for photos.


Honouring Sean Maguire and Kilcogy Musicians

19-21 April 2013

On Sunday 21st April 2013 An Seanadóir Labhrás Ó Murchú, Árd Stiurthóir Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will unveil a monument to the Legendary Traditional Irish Fiddle player Sean Maguire and more than twenty local musicians, at Kilcogy, in the parish of Mullahoran, Co Cavan, near the old Maguire homestead.   This is the first occasion where Sean Maguire is being honoured in this way with a permanent monument.

This unveiling was scheduled to take place last year in conjunction with Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan, but was cancelled on the day due to the tragic death of Rita Nannery, Kilcogy, while organising for the unveiling ceremony.

Sean Maguire’s father, Johnny (Jack) Maguire, a renowned flute, whistle and piccolo player, was born at Callanagh, Kilcogy, an area rich in traditional music.  He went toBelfastin search of work in 1918, where Sean was born on St Stephen’s Day 1927.

Sean Maguire was renowned for his exciting virtuoso playing and technical mastery on the fiddle.  He made numerous LP recordings and was perhaps the most decorated musician in Irish music.  He inherited much of his father’s music and he regularly visited his uncle Mickie’s house on theAnnagh Road, Kilcogy where he mixed and played with local musicians.  He was always proud of his Mullahoran roots and he lived in Co Cavan for a number of years.    He died inBelfastin 2005.

Kilcogy was an area rich in traditional music in the past and the Monument also commemorates and honours 20 local musicians from the area, including Johnny Maguire.

The monument was organised by Antóin Mac Gabhann and Philip Clarke of Kilnaleck branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, in co-operation with Kilcogy Development Association.   The main Stone was sculpted by Micheál McTigue, Kilnamona, Co Clare and a wall built in Ross (Mountnugent) stone honours the local musicians who came from the immediate Kilcogy area.  The construction was handled by local contractor Sean Fegan.     Funding was provided by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Comhairle Uladh, Bórd An Chabháin and Meitheal).

We hope that as many friends of Sean Maguire and the Kilcogy Musicians as possible will come and join us for the event.    A full Programme of Events is being organised for the weekend and full details are attached below.

Le Gach Dea Ghuí

Antóin Mac Gabhann 



Philip Clarke,

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Kilnaleck, & Cathaoirleach Bórd Cho an Chabháin


Tuilleadh Eolas / Further Information from -

  • Antóin Mac Gabhann,     Tel 086 8307580  or
  • Philip Clarke, Cathaoirleach, Bórd an Cabháin CCE,   0872977183  or
  • Paul O’Reilly, Kilcogy Community Development,   0876246201   or

Directions:   Kilcogy is just off the Cavan-Granard Road on the Mullingar Road, 5 miles from  Granard and 14 miles from Cavan.  

Events Programme below  . . . .

Honouring Sean Maguire and Kilcogy Musicians

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Kilnaleck

in Co-Operation with Kilcogy Community Development

Programme of Events


Friday 19th April

8:00 pm -   Event Marquee – Kilcogy Community Development Presents ‘The Rose of Kilcogy’

Saturday  20th April 

10.00 am  – Cavan Instrument workshops conducted as part of NYAH Festival Cavan, by Cavan Town Comhaltas.

4.00 pm   -   Micsins, Upstairs Lounge, Kilcogy

The Life and Music of Sean Maguire and the Kilcogy Musicians  -  Reminiscence with Antóin  MacGabhann, Josephine Keegan and friends of Sean Maguire

8.30 pm  -   Event Marquee, Kilcogy

Fiddle Concert in featuring Josephine Keegan, Antóin MacGabhann, John Daly, Niall Murphy, Johnny Murphy, Marco Fabbri, Cavan’s Fidléirí  Seán Maguire, & Kathleen Gavin, piano, and also featuring Joe Burke and Ann Conroy.   Recording for RTE Céili House

Sunday 21st April

11:30 am  –  Kilcogy Community Development Vintage Tractor Run

2:00 pm – Kilcogy Village -  Street Fair and Street Sessions

3.00 pm  Parade of Musicians from Kilcogy Villaget o Monument.

Unveiling of Monument by An Seanadóir Labhrás Ó Murchú, Árd-Stiurthóir Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Street Sessions continue

5.30 pm  -  Micsins, Upstairs Lounge

The Life and Songs of Delia Murphy – Lecture by her Biographer and RTE Broadcaster Aiden O’Hara, and Joyce O’Hara.  Presented by NYAH,CavanTown  Comhaltas


Irish Night in Boylan’s Kilnaleck on Februray 8 2013

click here for details  Irish Night – Boylan’s Kilnaleck Feb 8


Sean Nós dancing resuming from Wednesday November 7 from 8-9 pm at the Backyard, Moynehall Cavan.


Set dancing also resuming from Wednesday November 7 from 9pm at the Backyard, Moynehall Cavan.


For further details please contact Marian Crowe on 087 163 8588



Irish Night in Boylan’s Kilnaleck on Friday October 26. A night of music, song and dance with Olive Kilbane (singer/fiddle player), Fergus Bogue (button accordion), Céin Sweeney (flute), Ronan Sweeney (pipes), Seamus Bogue (mouth organ). Karen Gilroy (accordion/piano), Pete Leddy (button accordion), Philip Clarke (accordion/piano), Tom Rehill (whistle/singer), Aodhán Moynahan (button accordion) and with guest Caroline Judge (button accordion)

Click here for full details     Irish Night – Boylan’s Kilnaleck



Sean Nós dancing starting from Wednesday September 19 from 8-9 pm at the Backyard, Moynehall Cavan.


Set dancing starting from Wednesday September 19 from 9pm at the Backyard, Moynehallm Cavan.


For further details please contact Marian Crowe on 087 163 8588


Adult cheile dancing classes to start on September 19 from 8-9pm at the Scots Den in Cavan Town. For further details please contact Margaret Webber on 086 361 4898.


Check out Gleo’s next appearance on September 8, the Town Hall in Cavan. Full details under GLEO at top of website.



Comórtas Bonn Óir Sean Ó Riada  2012       See below for competition details



Nyah Feis 2012 timetable      please click here      Nyah Feis 2012


No Musical Demarcation’ on 10th August 2012 is a musical celebration of all traditions sharing cultural diversity in our border regions.  This event will kick start Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann at the Liberty Insurance Dome.

The concert is a showcase of many months of meetings, rehearsals and musical combinations as part of Culture Cavan, funded by the International Fund for Ireland.   The energy behind this project is a genuine desire to share tunes and to find new musical combinations and a genuine embracing of our cultural diversity.    The work to date has involved participation and community engagement among people who may have previously been fearful and intimidated by the way music and instruments have been used.  Culture Cavan aims to encourage participation among communities in the border regions through different arts media.   ‘No Musical Demarcation’ is an opportunity to share, enjoy and marvel at the rich tradition of music in our border area.   The evening will be presented by Martin Donohoe and Willie Drennan who have worked since March to bring musicians and music strands together  in a show that will highlight just how much of the music and culture which indeed is common to both sides of the historical divide.  Featured in the line up are marching bands, dancers and soloists.   The line up includes:-

  • Moybrone Pipe Band
  • Bailieborough School of Music
  • Mullaghboy Accordian Band
  • Cavan Town Branch Comhaltas Group
  • Highland Dancers
  • Cavan Set Dancers
  • Merilyn Morton on piano with Kavan & Keenan Donohoe
  • NYAH musicians and friends
  • Special Guest Singer Tim Moon direct from UK
  • Larry McQuaid Meath on Bodhran
  • Martin Murphy

Tickets available for this concert from Multisound in Cavan or you can get tickets by contacting Ann O’Reilly on 049 4378629 or  Any group or band who might like to be considered for any future event please contact Ann O’Reilly on the above contact details.

Click here for more details         No Musical Demarcation






Check out our newsletter covering our branch diary dates for Fleadh 2012. Click here for newsletter  Issue 4


























Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan July 4 Special guest Sean O’Sé singing with Martin Donohoe playing
















The Tierney Brothers



The Brush dancers





County Museum, Ballyjamesduff July 3, starting at 8pm

Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan July 4, starting at 8pm. Special guest Sean O’Sé



The summer Seisiun show entertains its audiences with a variety Irish traditional music, song and dance. Seisún provides not only a unique entertainment experience for holidaymakers it also provides an opportunity for performers, developing and experienced, to display their stage craft in a non-competitive environment while making a valuable contribution to the social life of the branch. Our Seisiún will be an hour and a half in length on Tuesday night in the County Museum in Ballyjamesduff and on Wednesday nights in the Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan. The show will be split into two sections with nine performance slots in each. We aim to provide a wide variety of perfomance opportunities displaying the very best of our local talent in music, song, dance and storytelling. ALL WELCOME












Details of the Joe Mooney Summer School 2012      please click here    The Joe Mooney Summer School 2012




Congratulations to Killeshandra CCE on a well run County Fleadh, great weekend for all

Congratulaions to our branch members who qualified for the Ulster Fleadh in Dungiven. KEEP PRACTISING!



Play the Piano Accordion?

Invitation to Record!

Deadline May 31,

launch at All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan 2012. Send us a track and bio now as this is the last call.


Each artist will be responsible for the production of their own recording and must submit finished recording for audition and CD production to F M Recording Studios, Railway Road,Belturbet, Co. Cavan ASAP. Email  track to”Fintan Mc Manus” or phone 0876842198.  Closing date for recordings will be May 31,2012.

Volume 1  will be launched at All Ireland Fleadh 2012 in Cavan.

Each recorded artiste will receive 20 free CD’s




As part of the Cavan county Fleadh there will be a launch of “Life Recorded“ , a book of short pieces and recollections on the late Matty Gaffney. Launch at 9pm on Friday June 1 at the Lough Bawn Hotel. Everyone welcome. Click here for details Life Recorded Launch



County Fleadh Click here for Fleadh Poster

County Fleadh programme Click here for Co Cavan Fleadh programme

Closing Date for Piano Accordion CD Recordings for New CD Fleadh 2012 Cavan is May 31. We also need a brief bio on each artiste and composer’s permission sought where applicable. These are the guidelines to recording artistes. Solo and accompanied performances of Traditional Piano Accordion music accepted. Non profit making CD to include performances from seasoned traditional music performers. We want smell of the bog rather than pure competition music that will depict individual styles and personal / regional influences. Each artist will be responsible for the production of their own recording and must submit finished recording for audition and CD production to F M Recording Studios, Railway Road, Belturbet, Co. Cavan ASAP. Email studios) or phone 0876842198 .Closing date for recordings will be May 31, 2012. Volume 1 will be launched at All Ireland Fleadh 2012 in Cavan. All artistes must be over 25 years of age. Each recorded artiste will receive 20 free CD’s . This recording will be property of and released under auspices of Cavan Fleadh 2012 committee. We also need a brief bio on each artiste Copyright rules must be observed and composer’s permission sought where applicable. Any queries please contact Philip Clarke at


Sean McGuire Fiddlers Junior & Senior Practice Wednesday night, May 9 Boylans Kilnaleck at 7pm & 8 30pm. Antoin will take Juniors at 7pm and seniors at 8 30. Refreshments. Information on forthcoming events. Thanks again for hard work and cooperation


Prize Winners Awards night on May 19 at Lavey Community Centre at 8:30     click here for details      Prize winners concert


Secondary school musicans ONLY, are invited to a session in the Community Hall at Castlemanor Nursing home at Drumalee on Saturday April 27 from 6-7pm. All welcome



CCE needs 100 Musicans,  Singers, Dancers (no upper age limit) wanted at Market Square, Cavan on Tuesday May 1 from 5 to 6:15pm to perform and mark 100 days to the All Ireland Fleadh start/ Bring fold up stools if you need to sit to play




Sean McGuire Senior Fiddle Band Practice Boylans Kilnaleck Monday 30th April @ 8 30pm. Refreshments served. Email Rita Martin at rmartin@ritamartin if you cannot attend



Fleadh Cheoil 2011 on RTE 1

The series is presented by John Creedon and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and starts on Friday 30th March at 7.30pm RTÉ1 for a 6 week run.

For details of show      click here     Details of RTE Fleadh Cheoil 2011


Irish Music Awards     click here for details     2012 Irish Music AwardsIf you would like to nominate an Irish act for 2012, please visit the site at      Click to vote

Sean Nós steps and Set Dancing every Wednesday In the Backyard, Moynehall, Cavan at 8:00 and 9:15 respectively.  Contact 086 1591354

Fleadh an Chabháin/Cavan County Fleadh; 1st to 3rd June 2012 in Killeshandra, Co Cavan

Cavan Town CCÉ Summer Sessions start in the County Museum, Ballyjamesduff, on Tuesday 3rd July at 8:00pm AND Wednesday 4th July in the Farnhm Arms Hotel, Cavan from 8:00pm to 9:30pm (Details later)

Fleadh Uladh/Ulster Fleadh; 28th to 29th July 2012 in Dungiven, Co Derry

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2012; August 10th to 20th 2012 in Cavan Town

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