The Comhaltas 1916 Programme Of Events


At the launch of ‘Macalla 1916’ An Echo of the Past – A Vision For the Future, the Comhaltas 1916 Centenary Programme  Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir CCÉ placed Comhaltas’ contribution to Ireland 1916 in its appropriate cultural context stating:

‘Our cultural identity was central to the aspirations and motivation of the 1916 Easter Rising. This was evident in the poetry, songs and writings of the leadership and others. This is encapsulated in the slogan ‘Éire ní hamháin saor ach Gaelach chomh maith’. This cultural emphasis is reflected in the ethos of Comhaltas and will define our extensive centenary programme at home and worldwide’.  



The Comhaltas 1916 Programme Of Events

includes the following occasions


Macalla 1916

 An Orchestral Suite of Music composed and conducted by Michael Rooney reflecting on Ireland’s history: from famine times, through the Easter 1916 Rising to the present day.

Seachtar Fear - Seacht Lá

A spectacular pageant produced in conjunction with Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 in Ennis, Co. Clare.

Forfhógra Na Cásca

A ceremony with a reading of the 1916 Proclamation and the performance of appropriate significant songs and music. A presentation will be made to seven people who have given significant service to their community and nation.

Macalla na hÉireann - Concert Tour of Ireland

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann's Concert Tour of Ireland will incorporate 14 stage presentations featuring ‘A Historic Depiction of 1916’.

Echoes of Erin - Concert Tour of Britain

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann's Concert Tour of Britain will incorporate 14 stage presentations featuring ‘Echoes of 1916: A Historic Depiction of the Easter Rising’.

Echoes of Erin - Comhaltas Concert Tour of Canada

This year's Echoes of Erin Tour of North America will visit Canada, delighting audiences with All Ireland champion performers and a special section of the show dedicated to commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Comhaltas Seisiún

Comhaltas’ Seisiún is a show of Irish music, song, dance and storytelling followed by an informal session with audience participation where all who wish “take to the floor”.