The Rockchapel Comhaltas" Sliabh Luachra Summer School" in Bruach Na Carraige  Rockchapel will be  from the 3rd to the 8th of August.

This Summer School Master Classes which will be directed by Nicholas McAuliffe who is a leading authority on Traditional Irish Music, will focus on the recently discovered traditional music manuscripts in the National Traditional  Music Archives in Dublin, and in Elsberry, Missoure, in the United States, with music dating back to the end of the 1700s.These manuscripts came from Dan Curtin, his son Dave Dan Curtin, of Stagmount Rockchapel and from Dave Leahy of Secandgloss Mountcollins who died in 1907
These manuscripts give us a historical glimpse of an older layer of Sliabh Luachra  music that predates the polkas and slides that now characterize the area. The also illustrate the richness of the music at the time of the compiling of the manuscripts and the contribution the area has made to the music of Sliabh Luachra over the last 200 years
One of the most interesting items in the manuscripts from a historical point of view is a unique version of "Allisdrums March" and a related  tune "Churchill". Both form part of a famous suite of tunes  that commemorate the Battle of Knocknanuss in 1647. These were once popular throughout Munster, but have vanished from the tradition. These master classes will be from 10am to  2pmeach day from Monday the 3rd to Friday the 8th of August

There will also be workshops for traditional step dancing and Sean Os  dancing in the afternoon on the same days directed by Maurice OKeeffe. The usual Seisiun will be on the Tuesday night, andon Thursday night we will have a singing night with the focus on songs from Sliabh Luachra  .From Friday on all there will be plenty of the best of music at the Scully Fest in Scullys  in Newmarket.
Further information 087 2205566   Email bruachnacarraige@Hotmail.com
Rockchapel Comhaltas acknowledge the support of The Arts Council, The Heritage Council. The National Traditional Music Archive,
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Cork County Council,   IRD Duhallow,  Mrs Margaret OBrien of Elsberry Missoure USA


Sun shining in the sky
Its yellow glow
Would warm you
The sky colour blue
Rays from the sun
Reflecting on the wind turbine
Reflecting like a rainbow
On to our local church spire
A beautiful picture
On this summers day

Dandelions and wild daisies
Growing wild
Near the whitethorn hedge
They look as if they are smiling
Children playing a game of hurling
In the local pitch
In the green and gold
Of Templetuohy
My village
My home
Neighbours sitting chatting
On the window ledge
In this wonderful sunshine

Farmers busy
Cutting hay and silage
For winter fodder
Turf cutting and saving
In full swing
For winter fuel
Tea tastes divine
Sitting amongst
Wild heather
Bog cotton
Like ballerinas
In the dance school

All the sights
And sounds of summer
Swallows flying
In and out of our shed
Feeding their young
To soon they will be on their way again
To South Africa
When summer closes her eyes
To make way
For a different kind of beauty
Marian Quinlan Curtin ©

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Bishop Terence Curtin
Digitisation Project for Irish Genealogy Anne Elizabeth Curtin - Sister M. Hilary
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Curtins in the News

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Veronica Curtin nominated as grandmother of the year in Jeersey, England. (7/23/2015)

Sara Curtin
releases second album "Michigan Lilium". (7/21/2015)

Donna Curtin
, owner Grace Auto Body in Cicero, New York, discusses leadership. (7/17/2015)

Comedian Jackson Curtin to perform at anti suicide benefit in Oklahoma. (7/16/2015)

Tommy Curtin
is assistant head of School at Holy Spirit Preparatory School (7/15/2015)

Golf tournament in Brockton, Massachusetts in memory of Lindsay Curtin (7/15/2015)

Brian Curtin
describes the best new golf gadgets and why you need them.  (7/9/2015)

The Shape I'm In: Judi Curtin, Author. (6/27/2015)

Ed Curtin named President of Mercyhurst Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania (6/26/2015)

Christy Curtin named new West Clare Cathaoirleach. (6/26/2015)

Catherine Curtin talks her "Orange is the New Black." role. (6/26/2015)

Con Curtin Music Festival is this weekend.  The Brosna Ceila Band which includes several Cutins will open the Festival. (6/24/2015)

2002 hockey player Ronda Curtin is selected for University of Minnesota Hall of Fame. (6/23/2015)

Kathleen Curtin
's new book is"Madame Lune".(6/13/2015)

Listen to Sara Curtin's song "Summer" (6/11/2015)

Veronica Curtin
nominated for grandmother of the year in Jersey, England. (6/10/2015)

Charles Curtin
, age 10,  wins Hunterton, New Jersey Soap Box Derby. (6/9/2015)

Paul and Shannon Curtin
open Wharf 209 in Racine, Wisconsin (6/6/2015)

Pamela Curtin
's nature photography honors environmentalist Rachel Carson (5/1/2015)

Seamus Curtin
makes Commonwealth Youth Games team. (5/27/2015)

Eagle Ironworks at Curtin Village open for tours. (5/22/2015)

Kathi Curtin-Williams
is one of Peterborough, Ontario's heroines. (5/20/2015)

Gerald Curtin joins Sentient Science to deliver asset answers. (5/20/2015)

Kathleen Curtin
 has joined the Baltimore-based Maryland Humanities Council as its institutional giving manager.. (5/19/2015)

Curtins hope to succeed Curtins in Tyringham, Massachusetts elections (5/19/2015)  Election results 

Veronica Curtin
nominated for "Grandparent of the Year" in Jersey, England. (5/18/2015)

Alice Curtin
spends 20,000 pounds to attend weddings. 5/15/2015)

Richard Curtin
raises funds for charity as a drag queen in Dallas, Texas. (5/15/2015)

Dr. Ellen "Aileen" Curtin's first art exhibit recalls Irish heritage. (5/14/2015)

Kathleen Curtin
, PVBM, celebrated 60 years as a Presentation sister in San Francisco, CA. (5/13/2015)

Thomas Curtin
is president of Monroe Extingusher in Rochester, NY (5/11/2015)

Community aids disabled veteran Marine Corporal John Curtin (5/6/2015)

Sarah Curtin
named valedictorian of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy (5/5/2015)

Ruth Curtin
of St. Joseph's, Missouri celebrates her 88th birthday (4/29/2015)

Jennifer Curtin
promoted to general manager of the Homewood Suites Tampa/Brandon in Tampa, Florida (4/23/2015)

Peg Curtin
is celebrating her 100th birthday in Westerly, Rhode Island. (4/20/2015)

Ana Curtin
creates art work for Marblehead, Massachusetts Public School fundraiser. (4/20/2015)

Adrain Curtin
to open new Italian cafe, Alfresco!, in a tram in Plymouth, England (4/20/2015)

Marah Curtin
 founded Cents for Kids, an initiative focused on building financial literacy in children (4/18/2015)

Terry Curtin
hired at STX Entertainment, Hollywood, 
California as marketing executive.  (4/16/2015)

On April 1, Lincoln Horton and Colleen Curtin opened up their private law company — the Horton Village Law Group in Rancho Santa Fe. (4/12/2015)

Marian Quinlan Curtin
makes another appearance on the Tipperary Matters program on Irish TV (4/4/2015)

Edel Curtin
runs live music venue in Cork City.  (4/3/2015)