The Ring of Gullion branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was founded in March 1975, when a number of local musicians came together with the ambition of forming a Comhaltas branch in South Armagh.

It was the first and only branch in the county at that time.

Their vision was to nurture and promote traditional music, song, dance, and the Irish language in their native area. Having established itself in 1975, Ring of Gullion CCÉ rapidly developed, and its musician were soon making a name for themselves across the country, and further afield.

 

Almost 50 years on, Ring of Gullion CCÉ is still going strong!

It is now a well-established branch which has grown in numbers and in stature since its formation.

It runs weekly music and singing classes, every Tuesday evening, in St Mary P.S. Mullaghbawn.

There are  a large number of children and adults attending the classes from all over South Armagh.

An open session has been running every Tuesday evening (for the past 48 years) in The Welcome Inn, Forkhill .

Ring of Gullion CCÉ also host a beginners’ session, followed by an open session on the First Saturday of each month, also in The Welcome Inn, Forkhill.  Musicians Singers, Storytellers and Dancers are warmly welcomed and it is always a great night of music, craic and fun!

The dedication of our founding and life time members is being carried on by our current hard-working committee and by all our young members and musicians.

These young musicians represent our branch, with distinction at various Fleadhanna, feiseanna and at numerous Charity and community events.

Many of them are enjoying fantastic success in their music and song, and have added to the vibrancy and distinction of Ring of Gullion Comhaltas, and will undoubtedly, ensure its continued success in the future.

Ring of Gullion CCÉ can be contacted by emailing:

ringofgullion@armaghcomhaltas.org

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