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Melbourne Comhaltas will once again hold their annual Family Ceili on Thursday evening 17th March at 7.30pm. Song, music and dance for the whole family with a scrumptious supper included. This year’s celebration will include an item to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Dress in green or 1916 style.  $10 Members $15 Non-members Children free

Melbourne Comhaltas Irish Set Dancing & Music Weekend 2016

MAIRÉAD CASEY, a well known Irish sean nós dancer and Irish set dancing teacher from Co.Longford in Ireland, will be performing and doing workMelbourne 2016 Dance weekend postershops from 17th- 19th June 2016. See more about Mairéad below.

Melbourne Comhaltas  is also pleased to announce that we have collaborated with the National Celtic Festival for 2016 where Mairead will also be teaching and performing on the 10th-13th June 2016.

WEEKEND MAIN VENUE: St. Martin de Porres Parish Hall,  158 Military Rd., Avondale Heights (Melways Reference: 27 E5).

BOOKING FORM  with all details & costs is here – CLICK THIS LINK

OUTLINE PROGRAM so far ( mid-May 2016)
FRIDAY 17th June 2016: 7.00pm : Meet & Greet evening in the Quiet Man Irish Pub. Meal bookings necessary. Plenty of chat, eating and dancing!!

SATURDAY 18th June 2016
VENUE: St. Martin de Porres Parish Hall 158 Military Rd, Avondale Heights
Registration: 9.00am

9.30am:         Irish set dancing & sean nós workshops
1.00pm          BBQ Lunch
2.00pm:         Irish set dancing workshops
5.00pm:         Evening meal at the local RSL.  Bookings necessary

7.30pm:         Irish céilí with the Comhaltas musicians and special guest Paddy Fitzgerald (mighty music)

SUNDAY 19th June 2016
VENUE:       St. Martin de Porres Parish Hall,  158 Military Rd, Avondale Heights
10.00am:      Irish set dancing & sean nós workshops
1.00pm:        Lunch of homemade soup and sandwiches
2-4.00pm:     Farewell céilí

5.00pm Informal farewell gathering at the home of Dee & Pearse in Avondale Heights

Melbourne Comhaltas is delighed to welcome Mairead Casey to lead our set dancing workshops.Hailing from Newtowncashel, Co..Longford, Mairead grew up in a very musical family and has been dancing all her life.
She began teaching set dancing and sean nos dancing in 1996 with Mick Mulkerrin. In addition to teaching at the Willie Clancy Festival, Mairead has led workshops all over Europe, England Scotland , Ireland, America and Canada. She has also danced at many concerts, including for The Chieftains.

Email Mary McBride 03 9435 4435
Email Jo O’Reilly  0428 564 266

PLEASE NOTE: From 2016, the Melbourne Comhaltas weekend will be held every June and not August as in previous years.



Melbourne Comhaltas is running a series of workshops over the weekend of August 14th -16th 2015 in St. Martin de Porres Parish Hall, Avondale Heights 3034

The weekend includes two ceilis – one on Saturday night and the finale on Sunday afternoon.

We are pleased to have as our set dance instructors, David Arnold from Canberra, Liz Carter from Sydney and our own Marie Brouder.

Come along and join in the sets old and new.  Price list to suit everyone whether you can attend the whole weekend, one day or just the ceilis.  Price also includes morning and afternoon teas.

GREAT NEWS FOR MUSICIANS:  We are now having a music session on Sunday 17th from 11am to 1pm.  Ciaran and Aifric O’Grady will lead the session.  Some of you may have met them at the National Celtic Festival at Portarlington.  They just moved to Melbourne this year and are part of Leixlip Co. Kildare Comhaltas branch.

For booking form please go to

or ring Mary on 9435 4435 or Joy on 0428 564 266