Douglas is a vibrant Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Established 21 years ago, from humble beginnings with just a handful of members, the branch has continued to grow and prosper. We now have a membership of over 400 ranging in age from ﬁve to eighty ﬁve years old who attend classes each Wednesday night in Gaelscoil na Dúglaise in the heart of Douglas village, in Cork City. Táimid fós ag dul ó neart go neart.
Our Branch strives to embed the true ethos of Comhaltas promoting Irish music and culture within our membership and the wider community. The primary focus of the Branch is providing aﬀordable classes in the full range of traditional instruments and singing in a fun and friendly environment.
A focal point of our night is our Ciorcal Cheoil. This is a marvellous demonstration of inter-generational music. It is ably lead by one of our teachers and encapsulates the true spirit of traditional music – playing music together.
We also provide a Café throughout the evening. Members stock the café with home baking and our committee provides teas and coﬀees all night long. It is a very sociable aﬀair with lots of our members spending 2/3 hours learning music, playing in the circle and savouring the atmosphere.
Déantar iarracht na baill a spreagadh ó thaobh labhairt na Gaeilge de agus chuige sin tá Ciorcal Cómhrá ar siúl chomh maith.
Our Branch promotes performance. There is opportunity for all to play at various community events including local Nursing Homes and religious celebrations. We are regular participants at events such as Seachtain na Gaeilge, Feis Maitiú, Ceol an Gheimhridh, St Patricks Festival, Cork Folk Festival, Award Ceremonies and 1916 celebrations. Branch musicians also play for many charitable organisations such as Marymount Hospice, Trad for Trócaire, Cork Penny Dinners and the Children’s Ward in CUH to name but a few.
We have a strong tradition of successful participation in Fleadh Cheoil competitons with County, Provincial and indeed All-Ireland titles having being won by our members.
As a result of our endeavours the branch was honoured to be selected to host Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Cork City in July of 2017. For one week in July, Cork city was alive to the sound of traditional music and the competitions, venues and people left a lasting impression on those that visited for the Fleadh.