Comhaltas is wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a great 2021. Nollaigh Shona Dhaoibh go léir.

Zoom link for Thursday night 17th Dec. is the REGULAR WEDNESDAYS Link: ID: 897 5612 2339 Passcode: 557148

If you are coming Saturday, please RSVP by using this link:

A message from our President, Mary McBride:

Hello Comhaltas Members & friends,

As we are almost into Christmas Week we felt we all needed a get together to finish this strange year of COVID-19 at St Philip’s. For those that were not on ZOOM or were working all day on ZOOM, most of you will have got a newsletter from Mary Ann last week. It’s not our big Christmas dinner; we just hope you can come along from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday 19th December. If you could please bring a plate to share and if you’d like to BYO drink. There will be tea and coffee.

Adam Purcell hopes to be there to have a chat about his book, Music & Friendship: The People of Melbourne Comhaltas and to sign them. Some will already have their book from Thursday night so bring them along

Some have already confirmed they are coming for Saturday. If you are coming Saturday, please RSVP by using this link:

We will be observing COVID-safe restrictions. Bring your mask and your dancing shoes! We will have a few steps or some sean-nos dancing, Christmas songs music and a lot of news to catch up with.

Our Comhaltas Melbourne 50th Anniversary year — it’s like the last race, the rush to the end of the year. 

The final Christmas ZOOM and book launch with Adam is this coming Thursday night 17th December. Hope you can all come along on Saturday afternoon.

St Philips Anglican Church, 146-150 Hoddle St. (beside Collingwood Town Hall).  The car park is on the left into Station Street at the back of the Town Hall. Turn left into Eddy St. (through the police station car park) into the council carpark  at the back of Town Hall. From there you will be at the back of St Philips, but will have to go through the little park to enter St. Philip’s by the front door.

Collingwood train station is at the back of the Town Hall. 

So ’til Thursday or Saturday or both, looking forward to seeing you all.

Mary McBride 

Comhaltas now meets on Zoom every Wednesday night from 7.25 pm. Also having Halloween party online – scroll down for the flyer.

Here is the link for the Halloween RSVP

On Wednesdays, There is an RSVP link for the CONTRIBUTORS ONLY: No need to complete it unless you will be a contributor.

(If you want to attend for a catch up on Wednesdays you do not need to fill in the RSVP)

This is the link to log in each Wednesday night:
The meeting details: Meeting ID: 897 5612 2339

Some people are not in either photo (apologies !!!!) and some people are in twice.

We have great talent and every Wednesday night is a great catch up.

Join us every Wednesday from now on for music, dancing and songs

Same link every Wednesday:
The meeting details: Meeting ID: 897 5612 2339

Comhaltas Melbourne back again on Zoom starting 30th Sept.

Committee are planning our return, joined by Marie, Joan and Matt

October 7th  Joan Mundy’s Session              

 Oct. 14th       Jackie Costello slow session/class               

Oct. 21st    Joan Mundy Session               

Oct. 28th       Jackie Costello  Slow session /Class

+ Marie Brouder or Matt Harriage   dancing 

Come along and sing a song, join in the chorus or just listen. It’s time we got things at Comhaltas Melbourne moving again – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom.

If you need assistance with Zoom, please email


or Martina:

Are you coming along?Please complete our RSVP Survey here:

The People of Melbourne Comhaltas

This book by Adam Purcell, (Melbourne Ceili Camera) is about to go to print on 13th September.

It contains stories and photographs of 30 members.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy:

Contact Adam on 0405 003 312 or

or Mary McBride, President of Comhaltas Melbourne, on (03) 9435 4435 or

or Johanna OReilly, Treasurer, 0428 564 266 or

In this year of Covid19, it would be a special memory to have, since all our Anniversary plans have been cancelled.

Melbourne Comhaltas are very grateful to Adam for the amount of work he has put into this project over the last 3 years.

CoronaVirus 2020

Like all other groups, Melbourne Comhaltas is in lockdown and not meeting

We are not in St Philip’s Hall these Wednesday nights.

Our dance weekend in May is cancelled.

Our last function was St Patrick’s night when indoor groups of less than 100 people were allowed. Our numbers were way down and well under that. Those who attended however really enjoyed the night.

Photos can be seen here:

While in lockdown, we can still communicate and are delighted to hear from you.

Our President, Mary McBride, is her usual friendly self and would be delighted to talk to you on: 9435 4435

Our Vice-President, Eamon Spillane, is in touch with the musicians and is emailing tunes and other info on a regular basis. If you would like to talk to Eamon, email him please on:

Our secretary Mary Ann Farren is constantly sending out newsletters. If you are not on the mailing list, email her please on:

In the meantime, until we meet again:

Stay safe / Stay well / Stay connected

Go dté sibh go léir slán