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Teaching of Irish traditional music to both children and adults takes place on Monday nights at the C.B.S. Primary School at Baker’s Road, Charleville. 

The Committee of Craobh an Ráth would like to acknowledge with great appreciation to the Principal, Board of Management and Staff at the C.B.S Primary School for facilitating our classes on Monday nights.

Craobh an Ráth have the finest of traditional music teachers and they are listed below:

Scrúdú Ceol Tíre (SCT)

As well as weekly classes in various instruments, at Craobh an Ráth we offer preparation for the SCT Exams. This set of examinations offers students the opportunity to become well rounded in all elements of the Irish Music Tradition including history, theory and repertoire as well as performance. 


Teacher Details

Below is a list of names of the teachers and instruments they teach at Craobh an Ráth.




Button Accodion/Bosca Ceoil

Alan Finn

Banjo / Bainseó

Adrian McAuliffe

Bodhran / Bodhrán

Billy O’Brien

Concertina / Consairtín

Ger Naughton

Fiddle / Fidil

Liam Flanagan / Alan Finn

Flute / Feadóg Mhór

John Byrne

Tin Whistle / Feadóg

John Byrne, Con Ryan, Alan Finn

Uilleann Pipes / Píp Uilleann

John Byrne

Music Groups / Grúpaí Ceoil

Alan Finn

SCT Exams / Scrudú Ceol Tíre

Con Ryan



Profile of Alan Finn

Alan Finn is a multi All Ireland winning musician from Buttevant, Co. Cork.

Playing the Button Accordion and Fiddle from a young age he has toured many parts of world.

He had the distinction of playing for president Barrack Obama in the White House Washington for St Patrick's day in 2009.

He has also taught many all Ireland Winning under age Céilí Bands and Grúpaí Ceoil. He was the leader of the 2012 All Ireland winning Awbeg Céilí Band and most recently was the leader of the 2015 All Ireland Champions, the Shandrum Céilí Band.

Alan teaches, Button Accordion and Tin Whistle at CCE Craobh an Ráth.                               

Profile of Adrian McAuliffe

Adrian comes from Freemount Co Cork. A village steeped in traditional Irish music. He started playing Irish traditional music when he was 8 years old and was taught by music teacher Con Herbert from Killeedy, West Limerick. Adrian is a very popular teacher at both the Willie Clancy Summer School and Scoil Éigse. Adrian’s style of banjo playing is packed with energy and swing and he is in much demand at concerts, sessions and workshops all over Ireland. In 2010 he recorded a duet album with guitar player Cathal Flood called “Between the Strings” and in 2013 he recorded “Rince go Maidin” with the Allow Céilí band. He has performed at music festivals in Holland, England and America to name but a few. His greatest musical influences are Brian McGrath, John Carty, Liam Flanagan and De Danann.
Adrian currently plays with the Srtíolan Céilí band from Mountcollins Co. Limerick.
Adrian teachers Banjo at CCE Craobh an Ráth.


Profile of Billy O’ Brien

Billy comes from Croom, Co. Limerick. From an early age he had a passion for Irish traditional music, which was strongly influenced by his musical father Jerry O’ Brien, who played the fiddle and the accordion, as well as being a bodhran maker.

Currently residing in Freemount where he has been an active member of the Freemount Comhaltas for many years. Billy has travelled with various musical groups entertaining people all around Ireland and Europe. 

Billy has been involved with CCE Craobh an Ráth since it was founded in 2011, teaching Bodhran to all ages. Billy gets a great since of joy to see the music being passed from one generation to the next, watching the children progress, become confident musicians and fostering a love for Irish music, something they too will pass on in time to come. In Billy’s opinion, second to education, music is the greatest gift you could give to any child.

Profile of Ger Naughton

Ger Naughton is a 23 year old musician hailing from Newtownshandrum in Co. Cork.

He is a recent graduate of Architecture having studied in University College Cork for the last 4 years.  Ger has played music practically all his life, excelling in a number of instruments such as the Concertina, Bodhrán, Drums, Piano and Bouzouki.

He took part in under age groups and bands for many years as a member of Raheenagh Comhaltas, and gained a copious amount of musical knowledge and concertina skills from the teacher there, Con Herbert.

For the last 8 years, throughout his time in secondary school and college, he has imparted his skills to young musicians in both Freemount and Charleville Comhaltas’.

Ger performs at gigs and concerts regularly all over the country; playing with the Five Counties Ceili Band, and accompanying Ann Marie O’ Riordan at many of her concerts

Ger is also a member of the current All Ireland Senior Ceili Band winners; The Shandrum Ceili Band.

Ger teachers Concertina at CCE Craobh an Ráth.


Profile of Liam Flanagan

(Profile to follow)

Profile of John Byrne

John is from Mallow, Co. Cork and has been playing traditional Irish music for the last 30+ years. He plays Tin whistle, Flute and Uilleann Pipes. John learnt much of his piping from Cork Pipers, Billy O’ Callaghan, Rose O’ Leary and Denis Brooks.
John has played, toured and recorded in the U.S. with several traditional groups. He currently plays with the group ‘Arundó’ and ‘That Gallant Band’. He has toured in Germany and Holland with ‘Arundó’ and has recorded 3 albums with the group. He has also recorded with Tim Browne and ‘Cosamar’ and he has featured on a piping CD released by the ‘Cork Pipers Club’.
John is much in demand across Co. Cork as a music teacher and performer.

John teaches Tin Whistle, Flute and Uilleann Pipes at CCE Craobh an Rath
Profile of Con Ryan

Con comes from Kilfinane, Co. Limerick. He started playing music at a young age. As well as traditional music, he studied classical music in the past, and holds an Associateship of the London College of Music - Teaching Diploma, and a BA in music. His first love, however, is traditional music, and in particular, the piping traditions of Ireland and western Scotland.
Con performs regularly on uilleann pipes, banjo, flute and border pipes with various groups and musicians. He also teaches flute, whistle, mandolin and banjo at other venues. Con cites the piping of travelling musicians such as Johnny and Felix Doran, Paddy Keenan and Simon Doyle, as well as Eddie Whelan, Harry Bradley, Gordon Duncan and Fred Morrison as the main influences on his music.


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