Irish Summer Camp 2014

A very different, fresh and exciting summer camp program comes to Keansburg, NJ this summer.

Monday, July 28th through Friday, August 1st 2014 Claddagh na nGael in conjunction with the Keansburg Borough Council will hold their 3rd Annual Irish Summer Camp.  This will be five half days (9am – 1pm) for a unique summer camp program designed to provide a fun and engaging introduction to the language, traditional music and dance of Ireland.  After only five days your children will learn some things that could have a positive impact on their lives for years to come.

Claddagh na nGael is a non-sectarian, non-political, 501c3 organization whose mission is to bring music, dance, language & sporting programs to the communities along the NJ Shore.  Passing our heritage down to our children and grandchildren is giving them an insight into where they came from and it’s interesting, fresh, exciting and fun.

The rates for the summer camp program are $110.00 for the first child of a household with discounts for the 2nd and subsequent children.  For more information contact or call


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Bayshore Irish Festival – 8/2/14 – Keansburg, NJ

On Saturday, August 2nd 2014,  the Borough Council of Keansburg will present the first Bayshore Irish Festival, a family oriented event celebrating the rich Irish heritage of the Bayshore Communities.

The day long, free festival will be held at the waterfront in Keansburg, NJ.

The inaugural edition of the Bayshore Irish Festival will begin at 12:00 PM and run until 6PM with a variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family.

Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to make themselves comfortable as they take in all the festival has to offer as well as the rest of the activities and attractions available in Keansburg on a beautiful summer afternoon.  No coolers permitted.

Music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local traditional Irish musicians as well as by Irish bands; Celtic Connection from Philadelphia and always upbeat Narrowbacks from New York.  Traditional Irish step dancing will be presented by fabulous and highly acclaimed Shea-Jennings School of Irish Dance.

A variety of food, clothing and crafts vendors will be on hand in addition to local businesses showcasing their goods and services.  Free spots are available in all vendor categories if you own a business and are interested in participating.  Advance registration is required and information can be obtained via email at

A beer garden will be provided and proceeds from those sales will benefit the Borough of Keansburg Emergency Services Departments.

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Echoes of Erin Concert – October 10th

“Echoes of Erin”  The 2013 North American Concert Tour

Thursday – October 10th, 2013

Christian Brothers Academy

850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ


Tickets:        $25 At the Door

                        $20 In Advance at IrishShore.Org

ECHOES OF ERIN, the 41st Annual Concert Tour of North America will be presented by Claddagh na nGael and Comhaltas North America at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ on Thursday October 10th, 2013 at 7:30PM.   This year’s Tour is sponsored by Tourism Ireland and features 13 artists many of whom are All-Ireland champions.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann was founded in 1951 and is one of Ireland’s most successful cultural movements with over 415 branches worldwide in 15 countries including the U.S. and Canada. From the Tour beginnings in 1972 in North America has grown a vibrant Comhaltas movement with 46 branches promoting the native culture of Ireland and forging strong links between this vast continent and the homeland.  Thousands of Irish-Americans (and non-Irish) play and regularly listen to Irish traditional music and visit Ireland on a regular basis.

Echoes of Erin 2013 presents variety of Irish traditional music, song and dance presented in an entertaining fashion while simultaneously providing an insight into our authentic Irish cultural traditions. A group of 13 musicians, singers and dancers from among the very top All-Ireland champions have been chosen for the Autumn Tour and further details will be available at the Comhaltas Website detailing information on the performers selected from all over Ireland.

This presentation is sponsored by Claddagh na nGael CCÉ, the local chapter of Comhaltas here in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Claddagh na nGael, Irish for “Irish Shore”, is chartered with preserving and promoting traditional Irish culture through educational programs, music and dance lessons, social and cultural events and their annual festival, GaelFest.  More information about Claddagh nan Gael including how to get involved as a member is available at their website

Tour of North America 2013 Artist  Biographical details

Alice Fitzgerald from Co. Waterford has acted as Emcee on many previous Comhaltas national and international tours in addition to being a well-known traditional singer. Alice has been involved in amateur drama for many years and is a regular artist with her local Cúl na Sméar CCÉ Seisiún show in Dungarvan.

Noel Battle from Mullingar Co. Westmeath holds a record 9 Senior All-Ireland Titles. A virtuoso musician Noel is equally admired for his session playing and generosity of spirit. Involved with Mullingar CCÉ since his youth Noel cites the importance of Frank Gavigan’s musical influence. He plays locally with Mick Foster, Joe Meehan and Aodán Ó Muimhneacháin amongst others.

Lorraine Mc Mahon from Dundalk has been a highly respected musician, teacher and adjudicator for many years. A fiddle, whistle and flute player Lorraine has won numerous awards at all level of Fleadhanna. A member of the All-Ireland Champion Siamsa Céilí Band Lorraine has been secretary of Dún Dealgan CCÉ for many years. She performs with the Oriel Centre Seisiún Show.

Shane Keating from Middleton Co. Cork is a member of Niall O’Cathasaigh CCÉ in Ballincollig where he performs with their Seisiún show. An All-Ireland champion on pipes and whistle, in dance music and slow air-categories Shane is a music student in UCC and has toured extensively abroad.

Joseph Keane from Co Laois is a member of Camross CCÉ. A Leaving certificate student at St. Mary’s College Knockbeg College in Carlow Joseph’s musicianship was encouraged by his parents and branch from a young age and he is now one of the most respected junior ‘box’ champions on the traditional scene today.

Emer Toale from Glasnevin in Dublin is a member of CCÉ Seán Treacy. Emer is the current nominee for the Royal Irish Academy’s high-achiever award based on her classical piano studies. Having always been interested in traditional music Emer started to play harp with Lyndsay Moynagh and Sabina Mc Cague.

Claire Heffernan from Ardagh, Co. Limerick is a former All-Ireland Champion and a member of Cluain Chreadail CCÉ.  Claire’s primary musical influences were Louise Mulcahy, Michael King and her mentor Con Herbert. A primary schoolteacher Claire is a member of the Naomh Íde Céilí Band.

Elaine Reilly from Longford is a member of Granard CCÉ. She is a multi- prizewinner at National Level on both banjo and mandolin having started under the guidance of Pádraig Lynch. Elaine plays regularly for Céilithe and set-dancers and ois a student at DCU.

Róisín Broderick from Galway is the Meitheal Summer School/Macalla na hÉireann 2012 nominee. A Leaving Certificate student in St. Brigid’s Convent School of Mercy, Tuam, Róisín, a member of Corofin CCÉ, is a multi-instrumentalist All-Ireland prize-winner and traditional singer and performed with the Siansa Gael Linn winning group ‘Tuaines Cinn’

Aisling Vaughan from Cork is a member of Niall Ó Cathasaigh CCÉ in Ballincollig where she performs at Seisiún and other branch activities. An All-Ireland prize-winner Aisling started her musical journey with Martin Power and her dancing was under the direction of the O’ Callaghan School of Dancing. Aisling is a music and Irish student at UCC and has also danced with ‘Féile’ .

Christine Mulcahy from Killeedy Co. Limerick is a member of Cluain Chreadail CCÉ and a student at Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher. Citing Con Herbert as her primary musical mentor Christine, a former and All-Ireland champion musician is a champion step-dancer with the Patsy Fitzgerald Mc Coy School of Dancing.

Seán Hanafin from Tralee is a prizewinning champion step-dancer at Munster, All-Ireland and World-Championship levels. Seán- also a fine traditional pianist, is a regular artist with Siamsa Tíre- The National Folk Theatre with whom he has toured expensively. Seán has performed with ‘Take the Floor’ and will be appearing on the TV show ‘Pump Up My Dance”

Tomás Ó Sé ó Dhún Chaoin, Co Chiarraí is a Munster, All-Ireland and World Championship prizewinning step dancer. A fine ‘box’ player Tomás plays regularly with his family was part of ‘Take the Floor’ and will also be appearing   on ‘Pump Up My Dance’.


Martin Murphy, Tour Manager, is from Longford where he the Chairperson of the County Board of CCÉ.  A well-known traditional drummer, teacher and adjudicator he has organized many CCÉ events at local and regional level.

David Fitzell is the tour sound engineer.

GaelFEST 2013

On Saturday, June 1st 2013, Claddagh na nGael will present a brand new festival, GaelFest, celebrating traditional Irish culture in all its varied forms and expressions.  Presented in conjunction with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann North America, the Gaelic Athletic Association, Monmouth University and Christian Brothers Academy, the day long cultural festival will be held on the impressive grounds of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ.


“This festival is meant to be a celebration of everything that is truly Irish from traditional music & dance, which most are familiar with, to our sports, language, food, art, & literature” says Dermot Farley, Executive Chair of Claddagh na nGael.  “We are very excited to be working with our partner organizations to bring a traditional festival of this caliber to the area.”


The inaugural edition of GaelFest will begin at 10AM and run all day with a full schedule of events and activities for all ages and interests.


Music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the traditional Irish groups Blackwater, Erin Loughran and Mickey Coleman, Girsa & Trinity capped off with an evening concert by Joanie Madden and Her All Star Band.  There will also be a special performance by the All-Ireland Championship U12 Ceili Band from Pearl River, NY.


The New York Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) along with teams from the Philadelphia GAA will put on all-star exhibition matches of the traditional Irish sports of Hurling and Irish Football.  In addition, the GAA will provide kid friendly introductory sessions to some of the basic skills of each sport.

Traditional step dancing exhibitions by the Patricia Murphy School of Dance and the Shea/Jennings School of Dance will be accompanied by an opportunity to learn Sean Nós (Old Style) Irish Dancing taught by Megan Downes.  For the ceili/set dancing crowd, there will be a fantastic ceili for all ages with The Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band featuring Margie Mulvihill, John Reynolds & Patty Furlong.


For those inclined to slightly more sedentary activities, there will also be a series of lectures, presentations and exhibitions throughout the day covering a variety of topics and interests including Irish History, Literature, Storytelling of Irish Mythology, Irish Harp & Uillean Pipe exhibitions and “How to Speak Irish in 30 Minutes.”  There will also be exhibitions of Irish arts and crafts as well as food vendors serving traditional Irish food and beverages.


Finally, as GaelFest is a family oriented event, there will be plenty to do for the little ones to enjoy including, GAA sports workshops, dance workshops, kiddy rides, face painting, storytelling & tin whistle lessons.


“We have an ambitious calendar of events and activities for our first year of GaelFest,” says Farley “but the Irish culture is so rich and varied that we really have only just begun to scratch the surface/”


Proceeds from the festival will go to support the Claddagh na nGael branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional Irish culture.  In addition, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Christian Brothers Academy.

More information regarding GaelFest and advance ticket information can be found at as it becomes available.

About Claddagh na nGael
Claddagh na nGael (Irish Shore) is a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (kol-tus kyol-tori air-in) covering Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was formed in 1951 and is the largest international body involved in the promotion of Irish traditional culture worldwide. Today the organization has 415 branches with over 40,000 members on 5 continents.  You can visit us at, or
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Jim Kelly
Public Relations Officer

Claddagh na nGael & GaelFest

P.O. Box 237
Middletown, NJ 07748

(908) 601-2298

Sean Nos Dance Workshop on 11/11/2012

Claddagh na nGael will be hosting a Sean Nos Dance Workshop on November 11, 2012 from 2 to 4PM at the Middletown Arts Center.  The workshop will be led by Megan Downes.

Megan Downes grew up stepdancing in New York City, going to ceili dances with her family, and later participating in the beginnings of the set dancing revival that was encouraged by traveling masters such as Connie Ryan in Ireland and along the East Coast.

Megan was trained in Irish stepdance by National Heritage Fellow Donny Golden and holds a teaching certificate in ceili dance (TMRF) from the Irish Dancing Commission. Megan performs, teaches and choreographs old style Irish steps, sean nos, Canadian steps, and American clogging and flatfooting.  She has toured or performed as a percussive dancer with many musical artists including Lunasa, The Duhks, Danny Knicely & The Furnace Mountain Band and The Chieftains.

Dancing sean nos is all about playing rhythm and having fun. Playing your feet is a great way to join the band and be part of the music. Come learn the basic steps you need to improvise on your own!

Middletown Arts Center
36 Church Street
Middletown, NJ 07748

Ticket Info available HERE

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Welcome to the Calddagh na nGael (“Irish Shore”) Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí
Éireann (kol-tus kyol-tori air-in) promoting Irish Music and Culture in Central
New Jersey and along the Jersey Shore.

The primary mission of Claddagh na nGael is to ensure the continued appreciation
and performance of traditional Irish Music and Dance through eductional and
outreach programs, special events, competitions and performances.

We invite you to come in, explore our website and learn all that Claddagh na nGael
has to offer.  Please check our calendar for upcoming events.   For those who would
like to support our efforts, please see our membership page for more information.

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