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Marlay House Traditional Music Recital Series

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DLR Co. Council have organised a series of concerts to feature traditional musicians who are from around the Marlay area - and there quite a few fine well known musicians who grew up in the area. Friday 23rd March 2018 @ 7.30pm in Marlay House, Marlay Park  will see them hosting a concert with local uilleann pipers Fergal Chambers / Fionnán MacGabhann / Cathal Croke plus Peadar ÓCeannabháin and Saileog NíCheannabháin



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Marley House Traditional Music Recitals

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DLR Co. Council have organised a series of concerts to feature traditional musicians who are from around the Marley area - and there quite a few fine well known musicians who grew up in the area. Friday 23rd Feb 2018 @ 7.30pm in Marlay House, Marlay Park  will see them hosting a concert with

The Morrison Family / Aidan Connolly / Íde Nic Mhathúna


Oisín Morrison is an award winning  harpist, flute player, and  a composer - having written a suite of music called 'Clann Lir'  combining traditional and classical musicians in a 60 piece orchestra on stage. 

Fionn Morrison is an All Ireland winning piper and flute player who has given many performances including the Comhaltas tour of Britain and Ireland


Their younger brother Caoilte is an up and coming flute player having already won All Ireland medals U18.

Aidan Connolly is a highly accomplished fiddle player from Rathfarnham. Aidan has a CD out called 'Be Off'. Aidan has a great knowledge and love of the old tunes, and counts Paddy Cronin Paddy Canny and Denis Murphy amongst his influences.

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Íde Nic Mhathúna is a young local sean nós singer and concertina player, with a most captivating traditional voice, steeped in the tradition, a privilege to hear in such a wonderful local setting. Íde is a twelve times All Ireland singing champion, and has performed and toured with many bands and Comhaltas productions throughout Europe, she has collaborated with many of Ireland's top folk artists. She was the no 1 voice on the Céilí Dé collective Hymns of Passion and Resurrection which reached no.1 in the Irish Independent charts in Easter 2014. She is a former winner of the Corn Mháire Nic Dhonnachadha at an tOireachtas the premier Irish language and culture  festival.



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Orlaith McAuliffe Recital
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Orlaith McAuliffe Recital

Orlaith McAuliffe, the TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year, is a London-born (to Kerry parents) flute and whistle player who lists among her broad church of influences Matt MolloyKevin CrawfordLouise Mulcahy, Catherine McEvoy and Séamus Tansey. But it’s in the marriage of flute and whistle styles that McAuliffe has established herself as a true original, both as a player and a composer. 

 This flute and whistle player is already a much-talked-about performer for her accomplished, energetic, technically faultless and whole-hearted playing.

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Tommy Fitzharris & Dónal McCague Recital

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Described by Matt Molloy as “a remarkable musician”, Dónal McCague from Co. Monaghan was a worthy recipient of the prestigious TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana award in 2013. Dónal is well known for his vibrant, fresh and unique fiddle style. In 2011 he released his critically acclaimed début solo fiddle album entitled Bits ‘n’ Pieces. 

Donal McCague: Dónal has twice performed at the Frankie Gavin International Fiddle Festival; Galway 2005 & The National Concert Hall Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day 2006. He has performed on Irish TV programmes such as Fleadh Live, Bosca Ceoil, Geantraí, Imeall & Gradam Ceoil on TG4 and on the Fleadh Programme on RTÉ 1 as well as on national radio. He was won awards at both the Fiddler of Dooney and the Fiddler of Oriel which has been won by Liz Carroll, Liz Kane, Tommy Peoples and Jim Mc Killop to name a few. Dónal is greatly influenced by the fiddle playing of Tommy Peoples, Séamus Quinn, Brian Rooney, John Carty and Frankie Gavin.

In recent times, Dónal has recorded on Michael McCague’s album of self-compositions entitled “The Waylaid Man” ( and also recorded on & arranged the material for “Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over It”. This album of traditional Irish music features music sourced in the 18th & 19th centuries from the Sliabh Beagh region which takes in parts of counties Monaghan, Fermanagh & Tyrone. The album, which features many musicians from the Sliabh Beagh region, was released in 2014.  

As well as being an accomplished solo musician, Dónal has substituted for Oisín MacDiarmada in the well-known band “Téada”. He has also performed with the “John Carty Festival Band” and with members of De Dannan, The Chieftains & The Bothy Band as well as with Matt Molloy, Frankie Gavin, John Carty and Arty McGlynn to name a few. 

Tommy Fitzharris: Multi-instrumentalist Tommy Fitzharris, hails from Stradbally, Co Laois, and has been playing traditional Irish Music since the age of seven. He comes from a musical family and is self-taught on the flute, concertina and whistle. 

Tommy made a first ever for his county in 2009 when he won the Senior Concertina Title in the All-Ireland Fleadh. In 2012, he then triumphed in the All Ireland Senior Flute Competition winning it also at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Cavan. 

Tommy has been a tutor on the BA in Irish Music and Dance and on the MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance in the University of Limerick from 2009 to present. In addition, he is in constant demand as a tutor and performer on the traditional Irish music festival scene and continues to give workshops and concerts at various traditional music festivals nationally and internationally. Tommy has toured Europe, the United States and Asia extensively with the band Ciorras who were formed as part of the Lorg Lunny programme on TG4. He has featured on the Fleadh programmes, BBC Alba and its annual coverage of the famous Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Beijing TV, Geantraí, Ceilí House and The Tubridy Show. He has performed in some the worlds most prestigious music venues including The Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, The National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Munich Philharmonie Concert Hall to name but a few. Tommy holds an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance and a Grad Dip in Music Education, attained from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.

Donal McCague (fiddle) and Tommy Fitzharris (flute/concertina) first met at the Ennis Trad Fest in 2012 while having a few tunes with the great Peter Carberry. Donal is a worthy recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Young Musician of the Year award in 2013, while Tommy has won numerous All-Ireland titles on both concertina and flute. The duo have performed at numerous music festivals together including at the Tonder Festival, Denmark, in 2014.

We are delighted and proud to be able to welcome Dónal and Tommy to perform a recital for Craobh Naithí at the Divine Word Parish Centre on May 20th. Bígí Linn!


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8:00 PM20:00

Clann Lir

Clann Lir  is a new orchestral suite composed by Dublin based harper and flautist, Oisín Morrison. The suite, an hour long musical portrayal of the Irish legend ‘The Children of Lir’, will be played by Ceolfhoireann Naithí agus Cairde, an orchestra of young traditional and classical musicians.

The suite explores the tragic story of the children, depicting their turbulent lives, including the loss of their humanity, their beloved parents and their endurance of the harshest conditions in nature.

The music of Clann Lir combines ten movements, representing the different chapters in the family’s life, which eventually culminates in their inevitable reunion in the afterlife.

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Craobh Naithí are delighted to host a recital night with Liam O'Brien and Hajime Takahasi. A very popular winner of the TG4 Ceoltóir Óg Gradam Cheoil 2017 Award Liam hails from Miltown Malbay in Co.Clare. He is accompanied by music student at the University of Limerick Hajime Takahasi from Tokyo in Japan. Watch the clips below of these two fine musicians. A wonderful nights entertainment is assured.

Cead Isteach: €10 Daoine Fásta. Daoine óga: saor in aisce (free to young people)

Location: Church of the Divine Word Marlay Grange

Refreshments served at the interval

Click on the links below to see the boys in action:



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6:00 PM18:00

Christmas Concert

Our end of term Christmas concert will take place on Dec 15th - please have the children arrive for a practice at 6pm and the concert will begin at 6.30pm This will be our final night before Christmas, classes resume Jan 12th

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8:00 PM20:00

An Audience with Ben Lennon

Tonight at the Divine Word Parish Centre Marley at 8pm Martin Gaffney hosts an evening with fiddle player Ben Lennon. From a family steeped in music living near the Leitrim Fermanagh border, Ben began playing fiddle at the age of 10. He lived through the years of the arrival to Ireland of the 78rpm records, which brought the fiddle playing of emigrated fiddle players such as Coleman & Morrison to a local level for those lucky enough at the time to own a gramophone. He has recorded several albums and now teaches at music schools such as The Willie Clancy week and Drumshanbo. He is a brother to Charlie and Maurice Lennon. A very interesting and unique opportunity to hear this special man....cupán tae agus rudaí deasa le nithe ar fáil ag an briseadh!

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Craobh Naithí 40th Anniversary Celebrations!

A social evening - Gala Dinner and Concert - will take place on 15th October 2016 at Fitzpatricks Hotel Kiliney to celebrate Craobh Naithí's 40th anniversary. All are welcome - anyone who has had any affiliation with the branch past or present, to what promises to be a great evening. Drinks reception commences at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale each Thursday evening at a special ticket desk in the hall at the price of €40 each. They can also be purchased by contacting Derek Johnson directly - 087 2208661 A once in a decade celebration. Comhgairdeachas Craobh Naithí! Daichead Bliain ag fás!

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to May 15

Fleadh Cheoil Átha Cliath

Fleadh Cheoil Átha Cliath takes place in Dalkey this year from May 10th - 15th. Further details (and a more legible version of the poster below!) at The main competitions will be held in Loreto Abbey Secondary School in Dalkey from 13th - 15th May. Exact times of competitions yet to be published - ask at the desk for the Fleadh Program in the coming weeks. Craobh Chualann who are running the event are looking for volunteers - help will be needed with

  • Traffic Management
  • Competition door keeping
  • Entrance door keeping
  • Snack shop
  • Entry fee taking
  • Teas and Coffees

If you can help at all - many hands make light work - please forward your details to

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to Dec 17

Christmas @ Craobh Naithí

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Childrens Christmas Party today 6th Dec at THE RUAH CENTRE BALLYROAN 3PM games and face painting Santa will visit!!!

Bring your instruments

Christmas Concert

6-8pm 17th Dec St. Colmcilles Secondary School All welcome

Arrive at school at 6pm and concert begins at 6.30pm.

Every musician will play at the concert as part of their group. 

 Children who are beginning to learn music, and aren't part of a group yet, will all perform together on stage with some of the teachers.

They will get a chance to practice together before the concert begins.

Wren Boys

26th Dec - meet at De La Salle carpark Churchtown @ 1pm

7th Jan Classes Resume




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to Nov 14

FÉILE NAITHÍ Nov 7th - 14th 2015

Saturday Nov 7th

Divine Word Parish Centre Marley at 8pm

'An audience with Michael Tubridy' hosted by Sarah Jane Woods

Sarah Jane Woods talks to Michael Tubridy about his lifelong memories of Irish Traditional Music and musicians (no cover charge)


Wednesday Nov 11th 2015

Ballyroan Parish Centre 8pm

Oíche Amhránaíochta le Mary Blennerhassett (Baile an Fheartáiraigh) agus Rita Ní Catháin (Inis Óirr)

A singing session with performances by various singers both young and old


Thursday 12th November

St. Colmcilles Secondary School

Thursday Miscellany - Informal concert to take place between classes

Performances by pupils, teachers and committee members


Friday 13th November

Faughs GAA Club

Seisiún Fhéile Naithí - Family Session from 9pm


Saturday 14th November

St. Colmcilles Secondary School Knocklyon

Féile Naithí MasterClasses (13 - 18 yrs) & junior workshop (9 - 12 yrs)

Visiting Tutors:

June McCormac (Flute) MacDara Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle) Derek Hickey (Accordian) Míchéal Ó Raghallaigh (concertina)

 June McCormac

June McCormac

 Derek Hickey

Derek Hickey

 MacDara Ó Raghallaigh

MacDara Ó Raghallaigh

 Michéal Ó Raghallaigh

Michéal Ó Raghallaigh

Junior Workshop (9 - 12yrs)

Tutor: Sarah Jane Woods11am-4pm Cost: €10

Master Classes (13 - 18 yrs) 11am - 4pm Cost €25

Cost Includes entry into Féile Naithí Evening Concert and Tutors Lunchtime Recital

Places remaining in some classes - call 0872208661

Tutors Lunchtime Rectial St. Colmcilles Secondary School 1pm-2.30pm All Welcome

Michael Rooney Senior Group Ensemble Workshop - Selected Musicians

Féile Naithí Evening Concert

Performances from visiting tutors and Ensemble Workshop Musicians- Divine Word Parish Centre 7pm Marley Grange








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Marlay Recital - Sliabha Luachra Musician Bryan O'Leary

Music for Hope Foundation

Sliabh Luachra Accordionist

Bryan O' Leary & Friends

Saturday 3rd of October 2015 @8pm

Divine Word Parish Centre


Bryan O' Leary - Gradam Ceoil  TG4 winner 2014 & grandson of Jonny O’Leary

Featuring Guest Craobh Naithí musicians


 Adults: €10.00 / Juniors – €5

Tickets available at classes on Thursday

& on Saturday at door.

 All proceeds will go to the Hope Foundation to support street orphans in Calcutta, India. 

Bryan’s cousin, Riona Sparkes, Craobh Naithí U-18 Grúpa, will be travelling to Calcutta with the Hope foundation at the end October. 

Please support a great evening of traditional music.


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to May 10

Fleadh Cheoil Átha Cliath

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Fleadh Cheoil Átha Cliath takes place in St. Paul's Community School Greenhills on Sat 9th May - Sun 10th May

We will be taking entries for Solos duets and trios on Thursday March 12th and 19th

A separate form needs to be filled in for each competition a competitor is entering - print off the pdf form received in your email  and have it completed before approaching desk to save time

For Comhaltas members - cost is €2 per entry u18 €4 o18

Grúpa and céilí band competitions take place on the Saturday

Solo Duet and Trio competitions take place on the Sunday

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to Apr 30

Class Registration for September 2015

Registration for classes for September 2015 for new and existing members takes place at the committee desk April 16th 23rd and 30th from 6 - 9 pm. Please advise a member of the committee if you are seeking to join Craobh Naithí and they will be happy to answer any questions and show you around. The committee desk is in the main hall in St. Colmcilles Secondary School in Knocklyon.

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to Mar 26

Polka Tots

          A programme of Pre-Instrumental

Traditional Music Classes for Children aged 6 to 7 years old


A Fun Introduction to Irish Traditional Music for Children

hoping to begin learning an instrument in September 2015


Listening and responding to Traditional Music

Finding the Pulse and Keeping a Steady Beat

Learning about the Basic Tune Types

Exploring a selection of Instruments in the Tradition


Classes will take place from 6pm to 6:30pm

Commencing on Thursday 26th February

and finishing on 26th March (5 weeks)



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Recital - Pádraig McGoven & Peter Carberry

Recital with Padraig McGovern (Uilleann Pipes) and Peter Carberry (Button Accordian) Divine Word Parish Centre Marley 8pm

An alternative Valentines night! Treat the special person in your life to a  fantastic night of music from these highly respected top class musicians - cup of tea and home baking at the interval. Not to be missed!

Admisson €10 and €5 concession Juniors free

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Recital - Nell Ní Cróinín / Caoimhín & Seán Ó Fearghaíl

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Marlay Recital featuring Nell Ní Chróinín amhráiní ó Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh winner of the national Sean-Nós singing competition at this years Oireachtas festival in Killarney.


with talented young musicians from Déise - Caoimhín & Seán Ó Fearghaíl who released their CD 'Lá ag Ól Uisce' last year - Seán plays fiddle and concertina, and Caoimhín plays pipes, flute, and guitar.

Tickets €10 adults, €5 concessions Juniors free entry

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Féile Naithí 2014 Older Members (age 13+)

  • Fri  14th November - Session in Faughs GAA Clubhouse

  • Sat 15th November – Master-Classes / Concerts


Sat 15th Nov          

11:30 to 12:00 – Registration – Total cost  €25 

12:00 to 14:00 – Master Classes in St. Colmcille’s Community School

14:00 to 15:30 - Lunch and Recital

15:30 to 16:45 - Master Classes

 19:00 to 21:00 - Evening Recital in Divine Word Parish Centre



Master Classes: 

Limited numbers / pre-booking mandatory

Advanced pupils to be targeted for master classes

Guest Tutors:      

Fiddle                      Donal Mc Cague - Scotstown, Co. Monaghan

Flute                        Tommy Fitz Harris – Stradbally, Co. Laois

Box                           Colm Gannon – Boston USA / Connemara

Concertina               Edel Fox – Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare

Uilleann Pipes         To be confirmed


Cost: Master Classes including lunchtime recital and evening concert:        €25

Concert only €10  for adults. 





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11:00 AM11:00

Féile Naithí Junior Members 9 - 12 yrs (4th - 6th Class)




Venue:           St. Colmcille’s Community School, Scholarstown      Road, Knocklyon

Date:                Saturday 15th November 2014

Age Group:    Young musicians between 9 and 12 welcome (4th, 5th and 6th class)

Facilitator:     Sarah-Jane Woods












11:00 – 11:30 Registration

11:30 – 11:45  Welcome from workshop teacher / outline of day’s activities

11:45 – 12:15 Importance of learning by ear / tips on how to listen / recognising tune types / learning short piece by ear

12:15 – 12:45 Dancing / importance of rhythm / focus on polka, jig, reel / clapping, tapping, lilting / watch some dance steps / see and hear the link between music and dance / learn simple two-hand dance

12:45 – 13:00 Mini break –  juice / water / fruit will be provided

13:00 – 13:30 Instruments module / focus on fiddle and accordion / demonstration by U18 musicians / mini session / listening and playing together / focus on common tunes / pupils to nominate two tunes from Craobh Naithí yellow book on application form for inclusion in session

13:30 – 14:00  Guest Storyteller – Niall de Búrca

14:00 – 14:45  Lunch Break – Children to bring own packed lunch

14:45 – 15:30  Lunchtime Recital Featuring Visiting Tutors

19:00 – 21:00 Evening Recital in Divine Word Parish Centre, Marley Grange.


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