“Take Comhaltas out of the equation, turn back the clock and contemplate Ireland without Comhaltas and the sheer scale of what we owe you is revealed”. This comment, expressed by the previous President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, reflects the achievements of those men and women who, on October 14th, 1951, at Árus Ceannt, Thomas Street, Dublin, elected the first standing Committee of Cumann Ceoltóirí na hÉireann.
At a subsequent meeting in St. Mary’s Hall, Mullingar, on January 6th, 1952, the title of the organisation was changed from Cumann Ceoltóirí na hÉireann to Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
And so it was born, the great movement to establish an organisation dedicated to fostering and developing the cultural heritage of Ireland.
Since then a lot has happened and it took a further thirty eight years before the Powerstown Lisronagh branch was established in 1989. Earlier in 2012 that particular event was marked by the presentation of commemorative scrolls to the founding committee members, Ann Laycock, Sabina Caffrey , Kathleen O’Brien, Nancy O’Driscoll, John and Patsy Hartigan and Billy Fennessy. Chairing the inaugural meeting of the Branch in 1989 was Donnachadh O’Cinneide the Secretary of the Tipperary County Board of CCE who kindly returned to present the scrolls.
Since its founding, Powerstown Lisronagh has developed into one of the larger national groups with a sizeable membership. This stature reflects great credit not only on the founders but also on all those over the intervening years who came to contribute and who have unselfishly given of their time and expertise. Many people, both young and not so young have been the beneficiaries of these energies through which they have learned to enjoy traditional Irish arts. Powerstown Lisronagh CCE has hosted Fleadhanna Cheoil na hÉireann five times in total (1992, 93, 94, 2003, 04).
The Branch has also hosted one County Fleadh. These festivals are only possible through the work of branches such as Powerstown Lisronagh where tuition is provided to develop such talents.
In Powerstown Lisronagh branch, classes are structured towards learning and improving musical, singing and dancing skills and are conducted every Friday evening in ss Peter & Paul’s School Hall, Kickham Street, Clonmel. Powerstown Lisronagh CCE extends a warm welcome to anyone interested in developing their interests in the traditional music and dance of Ireland.
For further information please contact Roisin Egan on 086 8596125.