Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

O'Neill-Malcom Branch, Washington DC


Dublin-based Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) is the largest non-profit group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music and culture. Started in 1951, CCÉ now has branches all over the world. The O’Neill-Malcom Branch primarily serves the Washington, DC metropolitan area.


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WE PROMOTE traditional Irish music and

culture in the Washington region.

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The 2015 Irish Folk Festival will be on Saturday, September 26, at the Sherwood Center and The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant. Details coming!

Sunday, January 25, 3-5 p.m.
McGinty's Public House, 911 Ellsworth Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland

Trad Irish Session immediately following, 5-6:30 p.m.

The "Half-Way to MAD Week" event is designed for all MAD Week alumni, their families and friends, and anyone else who wants to have some fun and find out more about what's happening this summer at the 10th anniversary celebration of MAD Week - July 6-10 at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda.

This event is free and open to the public.   (That said, please know in advance that we will be asking for freewill donations with hope of collecting sufficient funds to defray travel expenses of faculty and help replenish scholarship funds.)

  • bring your instrument(s) - play in the MAD Week Ceili Band; 
  • bring your dance - learn steps from dance director Shannon Dunne;
  • find out about MAD Week faculty, classes and special events;
  • secure best possible discount by registering early;
  • join the Next-Gen Session from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • and more...

If you cannot participate in this event, but would like to financially support MAD Week, please see instructions here for sending your tax-deductible donation.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.   And thanks to the owners, managers and staff of McGinty's for their hospitality and continued support of MAD Week.

More information about MAD Week will soon be available here on the branch website, including faculty listings and bios, class schedule, special events and online registration.

Lastly, for those of you who cannot get enough Irish music & culture, you'll be glad to know that the Washington Revels will be hosting an Irish-themed pub sing fundraising event at McGinty's immediately following the Half-Way to MAD Week session.   All are invited to partake in that event but should know in advance that there is an admission charge of $20 for adults, $15 for teens (13-18) and $10 for younger children.   More information on the Revels Pub Sing event here:

Past Events & Highlights


2014 Irish Folk Festival:
The 19th annual edition of this wonderful evet was held September 13 in Fairfax VA. It featured music and dance performances on multiple stages, workshops, vendor booths, and more.

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To support MAD Week see instructions here.
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Larry Frank