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Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We are a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world.


Comhaltas is a global movement involving tens of thousands of people. The movement is democratically governed, with volunteer members on each level organising themselves into committees which then elect representatives to the next level of the organisation.

Comhaltas now has branches in every county in Ireland.  There are also branches in Britain, USA, Canada, China, and Europe.   There are County boards in all 32 counties in Ireland and regional boards throughout Britain and North America.  There are 6 provincial Councils (4 in Ireland, 1 covering Britain and 1 covering North America).  Comhaltas is governed nationally by the Central Executive Council.

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History and Founding of CCE An Ráth

CCE Craobh an Ráth (Charleville) branch came about in 2010 when a group of traditional Irish music enthusiasts attended a meeting arranged by local man Michael McGrath with the purpose of forming a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Eireann in Charleville. Up to this time there was no tradition of such a branch or of the playing of traditional Irish music in the town, even though it was flourishing in villages in the locality.  The meeting was held at the Schoolyard Theatre in the town on the 8thNovember 2010 and the Charleville Irish Traditional Music Group was established initially.

The members of that group were: Chairman: Michael McGrath, Vice-chairman: Charlie O’Connell, Secretary: Pearse Linehan, Assistant Secretary: Pat McAuliffe, Treasurers: Nora Buckley and Paddy Cooney, PRO: Tina McAuliffe, Auditor: Catherine Horgan.  Also attending that meeting was Mr. P. J. O’Sullivan of the Freemount Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Eireann and also the then PRO of the Cork County Board of Comhaltas.  He outlined the steps that needed to be taken by the group to apply for membership of Cork County Board of Comhaltas in order to be accepted and ratified by the County Board as a legitimate branch.
The conditions laid down by the Cork County Board were duly adhered to and Craobh an Ráth became the 27thbranch of Comhaltas in Cork County to be ratified by the Cork County Board CCE in January 2011.  
A public meeting called for February 2011 at the St. Vincent de Paul Centre at Keating’s Lane, Charleville which well attended and the aims of the new branch were explained to those present.  The teachers of the various instruments were sourced and classes for the teaching of Irish traditional music to both children and adults were then set up at the C.B.S. Primary School at Baker’s Road, Charleville, where they are continued today.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Craobh an Ráth

AGM on 12th September 2018
for Year September 2018 to September 2019



Life President

Michael McGrath


Carmel Murphy

Vice Chairperson

Michael Donegan

Secretary/Communications Officer

Liz Cotter


Sally Frawley


David O’ Connor


Eileen Fenton

Irish Officer

Deirdre McGrath

Youth Officer

Rachel O’ Connor

Asst. Secretary

Louise Lynch

Asst. Treasurer

Judy Tobin

County Board Delegates

Any two of the Above

Child Protection Officer

Judy Tobin

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