Since 1957, Comhaltas in Britain has been strengthening communities through traditional Irish music. Opening their first branch in Glasgow, a huge network of incredibly talented and passionate volunteers teach Irish traditional music to over 1,000 members across all generations, in over 20 branches throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

In 2022, they were able to bring all of their members together at the All Britain Fleadh in London with a celebration of Celtic music, dancing and culture. Some participants won medals and cups, with many qualifying to compete at competitions in Ireland. The Fleadh was organised by a volunteer committee who put a huge amount of work into securing a venue and organising a team of volunteers, as well as promoting and raising funds for the event.

“Participants told us that the weekend had improved their mood after two difficult years, that they had enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and it had fostered pride in their identity and culture.

The volunteer committee used a number of creative skills in the planning and delivery of this event, including problem-solving a few last-minute issues around programmes and catering, design and copywriting for event programmes and promotional materials, and finding creative approaches to pitches for sponsorship.” Siubhán Macauley, Comhaltas in Britain

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