Plans for a Fleadh in Portlaoise and visits to branches in Westmeath and Dublin were amongst the items discussed at Portlaoise Comhaltas AGM on Tuesday, October 28.
Members welcomed the choice of Portlaoise as the venue for the Laois County Fleadh, which will be held on the last week of May 2015. The County Fleadh is the first step in the process of qualifying for the All-Ireland and with first and second place winners at Senior level last year, the branch is eager to make a good start in 2015.
Speaking at the meeting in Kavanagh’s on Main St, branch Chairman PJ Phelan complimented the members and hard working committee on the continuing development of the branch. With seven regular teachers catering for all instruments, Comhaltas provides an excellent opportunity for all potential musicians to develop skills and repertoire with all ages catered for.
Emphasising that competitions are not the primary focus, PJ complimented those who took part in Seisiún during the summer and who provided entertainment at other events such as the Half Door Club festival in Castletown and elsewhere.
PRO Noreen Doherty, in her report, recalled the outing to the Blackwater Centre in Mallow with an evening of music hosted by the local music group. Visitors from Portmarnock enjoyed Portlaoise hospitality and plans are afoot for a return visit.
Remembering those in need, the branch will hold a Trad for Trocaire session at Laois Shopping Centre on November 21.
Officers elected: Chair PJ Phelan, Vice Chair Pat McKenna, Secretary Joan Byrne, Asst Sec Ina Dineen, Treas Mary Phelan, Asst treas Jacinta White, Auditor Orla Wullich, PRO Noreen Doherty, Irish Officer Rita Ní hAoláin, Child Liasion Magalie Lalor, Youth Officers Megan Flanagan, Roisín Flynn, delegates to Co board: Michael Lalor,John Byrne, Jacinta White, Lisa Brophy; Committee Nic Anton, Billy Phelan