FLEADH CHEOIL CHORCAÍ LAUNCHED IN STYLE
Comhaltas Ballinspittle launch of Fleadh Cheoil Chorea 2017 at Acton's Hotel, Kinsale, on Sunday last was a great success. The Fleadh Cheoil will pack out venues and accommodation in the town of Kinsale for the entire weekend commencing on April 21st next.
Paudie Palmer of c103 was the host for the launch and County Mayor Cllr Seamus McGrath praised the choice of the town of Kinsale as venue for the Ballinspittle branch's hosting of this event. This will be another 'first' for Kinsale.
Fleadh Chairperson Mary O'Sullivan welcomed all to the launch and mentioned a few of the founding members of the branch. Liz Moynihan, honorary secretary of the Ballinspittle branch, welcomed the huge crowd to Acton's Hotel and thanked the main sponsors, APB Bandon, as well as Eli Lilly Kinsale. Liz praised APB's sponsorship of a specially-designed hoodie for the occasion. Liz acknowledged the co-operation of the Ballinadee school principal for her kindness in allowing the 55-strong Ballinspittle Comhaltas orchestra, which is full of All-Ireland winners in various instruments, to practise at the school for their launch night performance. Their beautiful renditions of tunes included some com-posed by local teacher Liam O'Keeffe, but due to his teaching duties in England, he could not attend.
Many compliments were paid to teacher Rosarie Cagney and all the other teachers involved in teaching various other instruments played by the individuals of the group. All these young people are from the areas of Courceys Parish, Clontead, Goggins Hill and Kilbrittain. Sean Twomey presented teacher Rosarie, Cagney with a token of appreciation on the night on behalf of all the musicians. Director and conductor of the orchestra, Tara McCarthy, was presented with a token of appreciation as well.
A few of the founding committee of Ballinspittle Comhaltas were also present as guests, including first chairman Sean Collins, secretary Anne McCarthy, PRO Noreen Quinn and auditor Pat Coholan. All were delighted with the huge efforts of the branch in fostering traditional music throughout the parish. Prominent Comhaltas members Barry and Aislinn Cogan of Carrigaline were on hand as well to give encouragement to the branch, as they did in the early years.
The official opening will take place at the Blue Haven Hotel at 7pm on April 21st. An impressive array of trad bands will preform at various venues in Kinsale for the weekend in question. The competitive side will be hosted in Kinsale Community School. Principal of the school, Fergal McCarthy, welcomed the branch to host their competitions there
INTERVIEW WITH JEANIE MURRAY
We were delighted to recently meet with Jeanie Murphy one of the younger members of Comhaltas Ballinspittle to share with us what hosting the 2017 Fleadh will mean to the young musicians of Comhaltas Ballinspittle.
Tell us a bit about yourself!?
My name is Jeanie Murphy , I'm 16 , I'm in transition year in Kinsale Community School and music is a huge part in my life
What is your favourite instrument?
My favourite instrument is the fiddle , as I've been playing it the longest
What is your most memorable moment in Comhaltas or playing music?
Competing with the senior group in the all Ireland fleadh 2016 in Ennis
Can you tell us a bit about how you joined the branch?
I joined when I was about 8 years old , my older sisters were involved before me so that's where my interest sparked
What does hosting Fleadh Cheoil Chorcai 2017 mean for you and the younger members of CCE Beal Atha an Spideil?
Hosting Fleadh cheoil Chorcai 2017 I think is a great privilege and it's great that we can show to others and how important Irish music is in our lives and how much it has grown since previous years.
What does Comhaltas mean to you?
Comhaltas to me is of great importance and it's great to be part of a group of people who share the same interest as me
How are you finding being part of the newly formed Ceol Fhoireann?
I thoroughly enjoy being part of the newly formed Ceol Fhoireann as it is new and different to any kind of group I've played with before , it's been a good opportunity to learn from others in the group and meet people
What would you tell someone who has never been to a Fleadh before? Whats on offer!
I would 100% recommend a visit to the Fleadh even if you do not play and instrument, there is something fantastic about the atmosphere at a Fleadh, not only is it just playing music there is dancing , singing , story telling and lots more !
Finally, we hear you have recently taken up the Bodhran. Will see you competing this year?
I probably won't be competing with the bodhran this year as I think I need a bit more experience and practice playing it first but I certainly imagine myself maybe next year playing it in the group !!