Nicole Ni Lonergain and Sean Kearney

Nicole Ni Lonergain  and  Sean Kearney
 Comeraghs Comhaltas Out & About this week will highlight the immense advantages Traditional Irish music and dance has had on both of these multi talented young musicians. Nicole and Sean took the same path as most of our young musicians, ie. attended classes, workshops, Sunday sessions and entering the annual Fleadh Cheoil (which they have been successful in over the years), but both will tell you that their main focus and interest has always been performing on stage in front of a live audiences. Between them they have a very impressive curriculum vitae that would turn even the most disgruntled trad head! I will start with Sean. Sean.....'would be classed in the music world', as a late starter, he started lessons in Cuil na Smear with Bobby Gardner on the accordion at the age of eleven going on twelve but as you read on you will see this has never held him back from his ambitions and dreams. At present Sean attends The University of Limerick and is studying for a BA in Irish Music & Dance. In his spare time Sean plays regular gigs in and around Limerick and when he's home he has a weekly gig on a Sunday evening in the Park Hotel where he is joined by Nicole and family & friends. In 2013 Sean was asked to go on tour with Celtic Legends which took him to France, Belgium, Germany and the Festival de Carthage in Tunisia, this being a highlight for Sean as the Roman Theatre in which he performed held a staggering four thousand people. While on tour with Celtic Legends Sean met up and played with various other artists amongst these were, Sean McCarthy and members of the renowned band 'We Banjo 3'......and his adventures didn't stop there. In 2014 Sean was invited to Orlando, Florida USA for six months to play at Raglan Road and with Raglan Rebel. While out there he also got the opportunity to perform with other great artists such as, The West Coast Trio and Drops of Green. People often ask musicians, 'where do you get you talent from, is it your mother or fathers side'.  Sean has musical heritage on both sides. On his father's side Sean is related to Peadar Kearney who composed our national Anthem Amhrán na bhFian and of the Behans, Brendan Behan the raconteur, poet and playwright and Dominic Behan the singer/songwriter and song collector. On Sean's mother's side he is related to Seanie Ó Brien the box player. So we can see from Sean's family tree, he was bred for greatness! Now moving on to Nicole.
Nicole's grandmother was a renowned fiddler within the trad community so we can see why at the tender age of three Nicole couldn't be kept away from this beautiful instrument. At five she began lessons in our branch and over the years progressed to teaching there. As well as playing the fiddle Nicole's other love is Irish dancing. Being talented at both has opened doors for her that others would only dream of. When Nicole isn't flying around the world you'll find her in the University College Cork studying hard at Music and Irish. Nicole was nominated by her peers and subsequently elected as chairperson of UCC Traditional Music Society (Tradsoc) .  Amongst some of Nicole's responsibilities as Chairperson she organises the UCC/Cork Tradfest, gigs twice a week on campus as well as weekly lunchtime concerts with some of the best known musicians around, these include: Michelle Mulcahy, UCC's own Mel Mercier and Comeraghs own Benny McCarthy and Caoimhín Ó Fearghaíl. When she's not studying or organising gigs for UCC Nicole is can be found in various sessions around the city. A very busy lady to say the least! Nicole is no stranger to the stage and performing in front of large audiences. From a very young age she has danced in local, national and international feis's. In early 2012 Nicole toured with Ragus under the captaincy of lead dancer Deirdre Kiely who many of our branch members know as we are privileged to have Deirdre teaching step dancing on Tuesday evenings in Cuil na Smear hall. Towards the end of 2012 going into 2013 Nicole joined the Raglan Road Irish dance troupe and spent six months in Orlando, Florida USA. When she wasn't dancing Nicole got the chance to play with world renowned uilleann piper and whistle player Declan Masterson and fiddler Colin Farrell. On her return to Ireland Nicole then spent three months with Celtic Knight in Arlington, Dublin.
The last few weeks have been very busy for Sean and Nicole as they are both just back from yet another tour with Celtic Legends, playing and dancing in France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. Things don't get quiet for these two at Christmas either, Nicole is heading off to spend Christmas and the New Year touring Spain, but you'll be pleased to hear that Sean will be gigging over the Christmas period the Local Bar and the Park Hotel Dungarvan. Not only do these two share the love of trad music and Irish dance but a little birdie tells me that they share a milestone birthday this month with just a day between them. So on behalf of all the Comeraghs Comhaltas Branch members, family and friends, 'HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY SEAN & NICOLE' We are all very proud of you and wish you continuing success in the future :) 

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Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of traditional Irish culture. The group's particular emphasis is education of the young generation. We are based in the townsland of Cúl na Smear in the smallest parish in Waterford about 6 miles North-East of Dungarvan.

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