Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music, song, dance, storytelling and language.
Founded in 1951, in County Westmeath, CCÉ is a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world. The Moate branch of CCÉ was formed in 1967 by a small group of dedicated traditional Irish musicians and enthusiasts. The first meetings and seisiúns were held in the Gap House Pub, Moate and subsequent meetings were then held in numerous locations around the town.
In 1985, the Teach Ceoil at Dún na Sí was officially opened. The Teach Ceoil is now the centre for all Moate CCÉ activities including meetings, Seisiúns, shows, Céilithe and classes in all forms of Irish Culture, including traditional music, set dancing, sean-nós dancing, céilí dancing, singing and the Irish language. The development at Dún na Sí has been made possible by the dedication of the Moate Comhaltas Branch members, through local fundraising, and with the assistance and co-operation of the Department of Social Protection (DEASP) and Westmeath Community Development Limited (Leader).