For information on Maigh Cuilinn Comhaltas Contact the Secretary
Sabhbh Ní Fhátharta
086 101 6891
For information on classes contact the coordinator
085 704 5528
CAOMHÁN O'FATHARTA CHAIRPERSON 1997 TO 2017.
Caomhan O’Fatharta has retired as chairperson of Comhaltas Maigh Cuilinn after twenty years at the helm. In 1997 the Moycullen branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was formed led by Caomhán. In 1999, the branch held its first Oíche Cheoil, an informal get-together, where children from as young as five years of age got to perform on stage in Árus Uilinn. The popularity of the event grew and it is now a regular and much anticipated event in Moycullen’s social calendar. In 2000 the branch held its first Féile an Earraigh, a weekend of master-classes held in Moycullen which attracted musicians from all over the country. Fiddle, flute, accordion, tin-whistle and sea-nós dancing were all catered for.
Under Caomhán’s guidance the branch continued to grow and prosper and now has the over 200 members. The members take weekly classes on concertina, banjo, accordion, flute, fiddle (two classes), bodhrán and tin whistle. The branch has produced beginner and intermediate tune books to help build up a common repertoire of music. The branch organises regular Oícheanta Cheoil, concerts, workshops and an annual trip to Oileán Árann. The Branch musicians are very much part of the local community play at the senior citizens’ Christmas party and also bring music, song and dance to the nursing homes. Hosting the Galway Fleadh in 2015 and the Connacht Fleadh in 2017 was a natural extension of the branch activities and a measure of how far Craobh Mhaigh Cuilinn has come. The driving force and inspiration for all this has been Caomhán’s love of the music and his dedication and hard work over the years.
Tá obair na gcapaill déanta ag Caomhán ó thainig sé an bhealach seo ó thaobh forbairt an chultúir, an ceol agus caomhnú na teanga. Nach bhfuil an t-ádh orainne, pobail Mháigh Cuilinn, gur shocraigh sé fhéin agus a chúram inár measc.
A Chaomháin, tá éacht mór déanta.