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Accomodation & Things to do

What’s on Guide Laois is a hidden gem in the midlands of Ireland, full of history, culture, and pleasant surprises. Spink Comhaltas is always delighted to invite visitors to listen to our musicians and performers, and we’re also always delighted to support other cultural and community activities across the county….

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Inspiring Musicians – Spink Music Festival 2023

Spink Comhaltas are delighted to announce the launch of a new music festival in Abbeyleix on 25/26th March.  The theme of the Festival is “Inspiring Young Musicians for the Future” and the organising committee are very excited about the excellent line up of master musicians. To become a great musician…

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Spink Music Awards – St Paul’s, Monasterevin

Spink Comhaltas has promoted traditional Irish music in secondary schools in Laois, Kilkenny, Carlow and Kildare since 2011. In 2022, we were delighted to be able to partner with St Paul’s secondary school, Monasterevin.  The inaugural winners of the Spink Traditional music awards are Sophie Murray Ward (Ceoltóir Traidisiúnta Sóisearach,…

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Help us celebrate our Ruby Anniversary

Spink Comhaltas is looking forward to celebrating a significant “roundy” birthday in 2023.  Founded on 22nd November 1983, Spink was originally formed as Ballyroan Comhaltas.  It then became known as Ballyroan/Spink Comhaltas and from 1988 it has been known as Spink Comhaltas. As part of celebrating 40 years in existence,…

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SCT Music Exams 2023 – Registration now open

  This form is for candidates registering to do the Comhaltas SCT exams in 2023 via Spink Comhaltas. The 2023 Exams will run from late March to early June as normal including Easter holidays (Mon – Sun, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm). Strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place…

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FleadhFest 2022 – A Look at Laois

A key response by Comhaltas nationally to the Covid19 pandemic was to promote and facilitate events and performances online.  This was done on a number of levels,  including county by county #FleadhFest videos In county Laois, this was lead by the Laois Comhaltas county board and the end result is…

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Stella Lynch Award – 2022

2022 Stella Lynch Award – Molly O’Rourke and Laura Vesey, with Annemarie Clooney and Michael Lynch. In 2015, Spink branch was presented with a perpetual trophy by Michael Lynch in memory of his late wife Stella. The ‘Stella Lynch’ trophy is intended to recognise an U18 member of Spink who…

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SCT Gold Medal Winners 2022

Spink Comhaltas has prepared candidates for the Comhaltas SCT Traditional Irish Music exams since 2014.  To date, 5 Spink musicians have achieved Distinction results in the final Grade 8 exam.  This achievement in excellence is recognised by the Mícheál Ó hEidhin Gold Medal. Mícheál Ó hEidhin was the founder and…

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Spink Ceoltóir Awards 2022

#SpinkCeoltóirMedal In 2017, to recognise their commitment to Spink over a number of years, and to leave them with a momento of their time with Spink, Spink Comhaltas commissioned a special commemorative medal, the “Spink Ceoltóir” (Spink Musician) medal to present to junior members who turn 18. We hope that…

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