About us

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was founded in 1951 with the objective of keeping the Irish cultural traditions in all forms alive and returning them to a prominent position in everyday life. This was at a time when the future of our indigenous culture was under threat. As a result of the pioneering work of Comhaltas, public interest in our ancient traditions was rekindled and that torch, once lit, has burned with increasing intensity over the last five decades.


Nowadays, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest worldwide organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of Irish Traditional Music, Song, Dance & Language. In North America there are over 20 branches spread throughout the country, each with its own story and dynamic interpretation of Irish Culture.

Comhaltas are governed by a board of elected members called the Ard Comhairle and as members of the organisation we are bound by the rules and guidelines set out in our constitution 'The Bunreacht'

The Provincial Board of Comhaltas North America

Chair:  Frankie McCormick

Vice-Chair: Sue Spellman

Secretary: Mike Hoke

Treasurer: Kevin Furlong

Public Relations: Paul Keating

Irish Officer: Margaret McGrath

Youth Officer: Catriona Furlong

Delegate: Tom Vesey

Delegate: Paul Keating

Auditor: Cathy Thompson

Auditor: Jim Belcher

Webmaster: Tony O'Connell



If you have any questions about Comhaltas; what we do; how to join us; or how start a branch, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.