Leithinis (the Irish for Peninsula), established last year, is the newest branch in Fingal of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the world-wide organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting Irish traditional music. The branch is blessed with an exceptional team of renowned music teachers here is a short biography of each of them and you will see the fantastic teaching quality of each of them.
Éamonn Galldubh, the Musical Director and teacher of tin whistle and bodhrán with Leithinis, is an internationally renowned uilleann piper, but also plays and can teach flute, guitar and saxophone. He holds a first class honours Masters degree from DIT Conservatory of Music, is currently completing a PhD in DkIT and lectures for the Music and Folklore Departments in UCD. Éamonn has performed with such illustrious artists as Riverdance, Moya Brennan, Clannad, Kila, Jiggy, Druid Theatre, Cara Dillon, Hazel O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Zoe Conway and the National Symphony Orchestra in over 35 countries across five continents in exotic locations such as Moscow’s Kremlin Palace Theatre and a stage set up at the pyramids at Giza. Éamonn has appeared as a soloist on TG4 and RTE and given international masterclasses at Lorient Interceltic Festival and Celticimes Festival in France, Cacares Festival (Spain) and Goderich Celtic College in Canada.
Sinéad Cahill, a Roscommon native and primary school teacher in Fingal, teaches tin whistle with Leithinis but will also be available to teach flute. She began learning traditional Irish music on the tin whistle in primary school and continued on to learn the flute. She studied music for the Leaving Certificate and did Comhaltas exams along with competing in Scór competitions and the Fleadh Ceoil. She played with various trad groups and has taught adults and children tin whistle at beginner and intermediate level as well as beginner flute, in one-to-one and in group settings. Sinéad recalls her first music teacher saying, “No matter where you go in life, with a tin whistle in your back pocket you’ll never be stuck”. “This is something I’ve learned to be very true!”, she says.
Rory Thornburgh,the latest addition to the Leithinis team, will teach button accordion. Originally from Mayo but now living in Donabate, Rory comes from a musical family with an American father steeped in Irish music and a piano-tuner by trade. Rory’s been playing Irish music for as long as he can remember and has won a number of medals in different competitions from county up to all-Ireland level. “Music is a massive part of my life”, Rory says “and I've been lucky enough to get to travel a lot and perform in some great venues across Ireland and abroad but it's the lifelong friends that I've made through it that really mean the most to me.”
For more information about Leithinis, its teachers, classes and other activities, see the website www.leithinis.com. If you are interested in learning traditional Irish music or have a musical instrument you’d like to donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes will resume at the end of September adhering to all NPHET Covid-19 guidelines and there will be several instruments which can be rented to new-comers signing up for classes.