Ceoltóirí Óga Dhún Dhealgan are a group of talented young musicians from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Craobh Dhún Dealgan (the Dundalk branch of Comhaltas ).
Recently they proudly represented their branch, town and country when they entertained education ministers from all over Europe.
The event which was part of Ireland’s EU Presidency was held in the dining hall at Trinity College.
These musicians vary in age from 14 to 18 years and are music students of the branch from a young age.
Under the guidance of some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians and music teachers they have progressed from basic beginners level to accomplished young performers.
All of them have been winners at various Fleadhanna Cheoil, with some of them holding All Ireland titles from Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
Their music played on fiddles, flutes, whistles, uilleann pipes, concertina and harp is a mixture tempos, from O’ Carolan airs to lively jigs and reels.
As well as their ability to play music, a number of the group’s members are champion dancers with Scoil Rince Mona Ní Rodaigh, and can swap their instruments for dancing shoes to great effect. Some group members are regular performers in Seisiún, the annual Summer show based at The Oriel Centre.