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The Scrúdu Ceol Tíre (SCT) programme is a graded series of exams organised and administered by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. It is designed to take musicians from basic proficiency in tune-playing through to a mastery of the tradition. SCT exams have been on hold as a result of the pandemic.

The current Director of the SCT is Óisín MacDiarmada who, together with the SCT Board, has prepared initial plans for the recommencement of examinations. The administrative engine for SCT is located at CLASAC, the Comhaltas Regional Resource Centre in Clontarf. Chief of operations there is Jim McAllister. Here is Jim’s latest update on the exams:

We have been waiting to see if the latest Government guidelines would offer us a window of opportunity to hold he 2020 SCT Exams in late summer or early autumn and, at the same time, ensure that all Teachers would have adequate time to facilitate the exam preparation that is required. The SCT Board are also very conscious of the safety of candidates being brought into an examination room that has possibly not been sanitised to a proper level and the potential exposure of examiners, to 25 or 30 different candidates in any one day.

The SCT Board, after lengthy discussion and having looked at various options have reached the following decision:

All Exams from Elementary 1 to Grade 5 will be cancelled for 2020.

All candidates for these grades will be given a PASS mark and will be permitted to skip to the next level for 2021. Anyone who wishes to undertake the Exam they entered for this year, will of course be permitted to do so in 2021.

Please note that Grade 5 candidates will only be permitted to undertake a Grade 6 exam if they meet the minimum age requirements as per the syllabus.

Candidates already entered for 2020 exams will remain on the system and the SCT administration office will enter them for the next level.

All fees already paid will accrue for the 2021 exams. However, no increase in fee will be levied on candidates for skipping the grade. Any increase in fees for this skip will be borne by the SCT Examination system – e.g. If a candidate was due to sit a Grade 2 exam @€30, they will undertake a Grade 3 exam for the same price for 2021, instead of the normal fee of €35.

As candidates are not permitted to skip at Grades 6,7 and 8, candidates registered will have their examinations scheduled for mid-September to mid-October 2020. The SCT Board are very conscious that many of these candidates are also undertaking various state exams and have a tight time schedule. As these candidates account for less that 10% of the total number of exams for 2020, it will be possible to complete these exams this year, within the current Government guidelines.

Detailed information relating to Grade 6,7 and 8 exams will be sent to the appropriate entrants within the next 14 days.

Bodhrán Club

RónánÓSnodaigh reduced

The hugely popular Bodhrán Club with Rónán Ó Snodaigh takes place Monday evenings at The Hub. There is an underage class running 7-7:45pm and an adult class 8-9pm. Fee is €5 per child, €10 per adult. Text 086 2427981 for info.

Trad by the Sea

Rosslare Strand roving session

Members and friends of Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas recently had their first musical gathering since the start of lockdown. Last Wednesday evening (June 24) a large group of musicians and music-lovers converged beneath the old canon at Rosslare Strand. Armed with deck-chairs and instruments they set themselves up in a large circle and tuned up. With an energetic full tide providing the background sounds, they then proceeded to make ceol binn.

Read more: Trad by the Sea

Paddy Ryan - scoláire, gaeilgeoir agus fear uasal cruthanta

Paddy Ryan

Wexford has lost a true champion of Irish culture with the passing of former teacher, scholar, radio presenter, Gaeilgeoir and all-round gentleman Paddy Ryan. He was a valued long-time member of Wexford Gramophone Society. In 2016, the centenary year of the 1916 Rising, Craobh Loch Garman honoured Paddy in presenting him with a commemorative medallion issued by the Ard Comhairle of Comhaltas. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. Requiem Mass 10am today, Friday, 18th October, at Sacred Heart Church, The Folly, Waterford.

Laureate na nÓg

Is í Áine Ní Ghlinn an séú Laureate na nÓg. Bean inspioráideach is ea sí.

Heritage Park to host Autumn Music Trail

Heritage Park music trail 2020

Slí Cheoil Cois Sláine

Craobh Loch Garman is delighted to announce that the second Wexford Trad & Folk Trail at the Irish National Heritage Park will take place on Saturday, Sept 5 (2-5pm). What to expect? A great mix of home-grown trad, folk, roots and contemporary music plus céilí and sean nós dance, storytelling, pop-up Gaeltacht, along with some other exciting activities the Heritage Park has lined up. This is sure to be a great day out for all the family. Normal admission charges apply. If you live in Wexford be sure to get your Wexford Residents Award Card from the Heritage Park as this offers huge reductions on ticket prices. You can sign up for the card on the day. Féile mór áthasach a bheidh ann le rud éigin do gach duine sa chlann. Bígí linn!

CV-19 Updates

Fleadh Contae Loch Garman: Update

Following a meeting of the executive committee of the Wexford County Board and on the recommendation from the Buanchoiste, the 2020 Wexford County Fleadh has been deferred. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and follow instructions from the Buanchoiste and Government guidelines.

News updates from Comhaltas 

Comhaltas Communication 1 - concerning official government directives and guidelines in dealing with COVID-19.

Comhaltas Communication 2 - concerning size of gatherings, including competitions at county fleadhanna.

Comhaltas Communication 3 - concerning deferral of county fleadhanna and Annual Congress; cancellation of Summer Comhaltas Seisiún.

Comhaltas Communication 4 - concerning deferral of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Comhaltas Communication 5 - confirmation that Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020 will not take place

Comhaltas Communication 6 - loadsa news in this one. TG4 to partner with Comhaltas for Fleadh na Muiníne (cad é sin?); new Comhaltas Cultural Centre in Tullamore; new Comhaltas website operating from today for students of Irish music; announcement that Scoil Éigse may, le cúnamh Dé, take place later in the year.

Comhaltas Communication 7 - news Comhaltas Cultural Centre in Tullamore, online site for students of trad music of all levels, possibility of Scoil Éigse still happening this year.

Comhaltas Communication 8

Comhaltas Communication 9 - Carrig on Bannow has an online 'virtual' classroom, next issue of Treoir is under construction. 

Comhaltas Communication 10 - 'AN RÓD SEO ROMHAINN'

Comhaltas Communication 11 - COMHALTAS LIVE is the daily 20-minute programme, accessible to all free of charge, on the Comhaltas website featuring the best of Irish music, song and dance. Each programme has a varied content of Fleadh competitions, concerts and sessions, under the expert stewardship of Willie Fogarty.

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Comhaltas Communication 13 - Comhaltas makes its presence felt in villages, towns and cities and, in fact, across the globe.

Comhaltas Communication 14 - An Ród Seo Romhain agus An Ré Nua

Comhaltas Communication 15 - Decision taken to cancel all county and provincial fleadhanna this year.


South East Radio's Ceol an Domhnaigh still on hold

south east radio

South East Radio has still to find a replacement to take over from Ceol an Domhnaigh presenter Paddy Ryan who stepped down last year. Seamus Coleman is still there presenting Sounds Irish on Thursdays 8-9pm (with The GAA Show). 

John Sheahan and Dermot Bolger in Conversation: a Review

John Sheahan and Dermot Bolger in Conversation
Saturday, 29th February 2020
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We all heard the warnings - under no circumstances, except the most essential, should anyone venture outdoors during Storm Jorge.
But maybe the possibility of being entertained by Dubliner John Sheahan and poet and novelist Dermot Bolger having a chat and a laugh together could easily be regarded as an essential reason for travel.

Read more: John Sheahan and Dermot Bolger in Conversation: a Review


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Comhaltas Logo

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and as you can read in our history we’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.

An Tobar: Ionad Gaeilge agus Cultúir


Is Ionad Gaeilge agus Cultúir é An Tobar atá suite i mBaile Loch Garman. Tá idir eagraíochtaí ceoil, Gaeilge, damhsa agus amhránaíochta lonnaithe ag An Tobar.