Roslea CCE 

The Roslea Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Branch was formed in 1954 in the AOH Hall in Roslea with Sean McAloon (John The Rock), James Patrick Rooney and Tommy McDermott as the Officers. The branch lasted about 2-3 years until Sean McAloon went to America and James Patrick Rooney went to Belfast where he started the Belfast branch which was the first affiliated branch in Ulster. Then in 1958 the branch in Roslea was reformed after discussions were held while the Kibb band was practicing. The Officers then were wee Luke Cassidy as the Chair, Sonny McDermott as the Vice Chair, Pat Carroll as the Secretary and Terry Rooney as the Treasurer. John Joe McMahon was also a part of the Committee. 66 years on and Sonny still attends meetings and is still an active member of Roslea Comhaltas. He is also an auditor and 1 of our 4 representatives on the Fermanagh County Board along with Jim Duffy (Treasurer), Packie Manley (Vice-Chairperson) and Ignatius Meehan (Auditor). Our branch has thrived for several years since and has never been as strong as it is today. We currently have 144 members who come from both the surrounding area and further afield. In order to promote the cultural traditions of Comhaltas, weekly music, singing and ceili dancing classes are held in the branch. Every Tuesday evening music and singing classes are held in St. Tierney’s Primary School from 6.15- 9.30pm where over 100 members participate in classes for various instruments including Whistle, Accordion (Piano and Button), Fiddle, Flute, Banjo, Piano, Concertina, Mandolin, Bodhran and Drums. We currently have 10 tutors providing lessons and these range from beginners to advanced classes where members take part in both individual and group playing. Our team of excellent tutors are Gary Fitzpatrick, Rossa Gilsenan, Aisling O Riordan, Charlene Murray, Rosita McGeough, Pat McCabe, Maria Mitchell, Ryan Maguire and Gary Curley. This year we introduced traditional singing lessons for the first time which has proved to be very popular. Our tutor is Katie Boyle, the current U18 Ladies Singing All Ireland Champion. Ceili dancing classes take place every Wed night from 8.30-10.30pm in the Community Centre in Roslea with Bernard Geoghan taking the class. We had great success in the Fermanagh Fleadh 2019 which resulted in 9 entries representing us in Castlewellan. We were delighted with this achievement as it was the most that ever progressed to an Ulster Fleadh. The branch committee meet frequently to arrange events such as regular music, singing and storytelling sessions, ceilis and our annual Sean McAloon Festival which is held every Easter to commemorate our famous local piper. The Festival includes a grand concert on Easter Sunday, a music session, singing session and a ceili. Finally, after 13 years, Roslea Comhaltas are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the 2021 County Fleadh which will include celebrations for the 50 th Anniversary of the Fleadh Cheoil in Fermanagh.

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