Who We Are
The Jersey Shore has long been a bastion of Irish heritage. Irish immigrants and their descendants escaped the sweltering city summers and many eventually settled in towns like Spring Lake, Belmar, Avon, Long Branch and many more.
Today, their descendants are numerous and statistics suggest that this area of New Jersey has one of the highest population densities claiming Irish ancestry of any geographical region outside of Ireland.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (pronounced “kol-tus kyol-tori air-in”), was founded in 1951 in Mullingar, County Westmeath by a group of traditional Irish musicians who were determined to preserve the musical tradition that they loved and which was in significant decline at the time. Since then, CCÉ (loosely in English – A Gathering of Irish Musicians) has grown into a flourishing international organization with over 400 local branches in 13 countries with over 35,000 members on 5 continents. The Claddagh na nGael (Irish Shore) Branch is proud to be one of the newest additions to the CCÉ family of local and regional organizations.
The branch was formed in the summer of 2010 by a group of local activists who, like the original founders, felt the need to ensure that this rich social and cultural heritage is preserved and promoted well into the 21st century in our local communities and in the hearts and minds of the next generations.
Both Claddagh na nGael and CCÉ have no religious or political affiliations and espouse no agenda other than the preservation, promotion and enjoyment of Irish music, song, language and dance. For more complete information regarding CCÉ please visit the international parent website at: http://comhaltas.ie