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Craobh na Mara CCÉ

Our teaching staff are looking forward to working with everyone this term.

Bill Haneman

Uilleann Pipes

Caoimhe Ní Mhadagáin


Seán McElwain


Jon Loughran


Karen Savage/Conor Healy

Flute, Tin Whistle, Céili Band 

Niall Preston

Bodhrán & Whistle

Caoifhlinn Ní Mhadagáin

Concertina, Traditional Singing, Céili Band

Gráinne Casey





It is great for any child or adult to take a class in a musical instrument. However, it is a different thing entirely to have the confidence to play as part of a group. At Craobh na Mara CCÉ, our aim is to provide a place where everyone is welcome to play along together, no matter their standard and without pressure.

We have three céilí bands which practice every week together. We also have a supervised practice room where students can play a few tunes between classes. This room can also be used by younger members if their parents have a class in the branch. 


We hold sessions in the Skerries Mills for our younger members and family sessions in Balrothery Heritage Centre. We also hold adult sessions in The Man O' War. See our calendar for a full list of dates and times.

The Committee / An Choiste


Seán Pegnam


Frances Foley


Keith Rothwell 


John Loughran


Ríona ní Shúilleabháin

Vice Chair, DLP & Irish Language/Leas Cathaoirleach, DLP & Treoraí na Gaeilge

Donnchadh Mac Conchra

Youth Officer

Helen O'Shea Kinsella 

Public Relations Officer, Events​

Jen Nic Shiomóin

Safety Officer

Joanne Creevy 

Instrument loan coordinator

Jane Morrin O'Kelly


Ríona Ní Shúilleabháin is the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) for our Craobh na Mara CCÉ Branch. Please speak to her if you have any concerns regarding the Branch in relation to Child Protection. 


Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world. We’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century. Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.

Our many branches, including Craobh na Mara CCÉ, are the fundamental and most important units of our movement, making it possible to propagate and strengthen our native cultural characteristics within local communities. Our members come together to organise sessions, classes, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, fleadhanna cheoil, and other events both for their own enjoyment and that of the community at large.

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