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Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. Comhaltas is a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world and has been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise).

The Bunreacht (Constitution) defines the aims and objectives of our movement as follows:

  • To promote Irish Traditional Music in all its forms;
  • To restore the playing of the Harp and Uilleann Pipes in the National life of Ireland;
  • To promote Irish Traditional Dancing;
  • To foster and promote Traditional singing in both Irish and English;
  • To foster and promote the Irish language at all times;
  • To create a closer bond among all lovers of Irish music;
  • To co-operate with all bodies working for the restoration or Irish Culture;
  • To establish Branches throughout the country and abroad to achieve the foregoing aims and objects.

These goals are not the work of a day to accomplish, or even a lifetime. Nor are they the work of a person or handful of people. It is the thousands of volunteers and teachers who live these goals day by day, week by week and year by year. To them we owe an enormous debt of gratitude.

While these are the main goals of Comhaltas and every branch of the organization, each branch will have its own unique identity and focus.

The mission statement embodied in the new Comhaltas Development Program summarizes our ambitions for the future as follows:
“Cultural traditions should be an enriching part of the lives of Irish people everywhere, particularly our young people; they should be a living, highly visible and vibrant part of society; they should be easily accessible to all; and their unique social, cultural and economic benefits should be fully realised by communities and individuals throughout the country and in Irish communities abroad.”
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