Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

O'Neill-Malcom Branch, Washington DC


Dublin-based Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) is the largest non-profit group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music and culture. Started in 1951, CCÉ now has branches all over the world. The O’Neill-Malcom Branch primarily serves the Washington, DC metropolitan area.


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WE PROMOTE traditional Irish music and

culture in the Washington region.

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Kevin Donleavy Book Launch
December 7, 4:00 pm,

Make plans now to drop in and celebrate Branch member Kevin Donleavy's latest book,
and pick up a copy at the discounted price of $10.00.

The Irish in Early Virginia, 1600-1860

This book is the first to examine the Irish presence in Virginia’s history. More than eighty communities with Irish names abound, such as Kinsale, Dublin, Callaghan, Athlone, and Lynchburg. Such names indicate the early arrival of exiles from Erin. The causality of their emigration is explained: they sought a new life in Virginia, free from centuries-old English exploitation and repression. This study is also the first serious look at Thomas Jefferson’s great interest in Irish affairs. His important connections with the leaders and insurgents of the revolutionary United Irishmen are explored in detail. Included here is a listing of Jefferson’s Irish books, as well as an extensive useful Bibliography.

About the author:

Kevin Donleavy graduated from the University of Virginia in 1961, and did graduate studies at Georgia State University and the University of Wisconsin. His interest in Irish cultural history spans some forty years. He is a past Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He produces a program of Irish traditional music to be heard on radio station WTJU FM (, and is active in theIrish research group Clann Mhor.

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3971 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA
(703) 293-9600

Past Events & Highlights


2014 Irish Folk Festival:
The 19th annual edition of this wonderful evet was held September 13 in Fairfax VA. It featured music and dance performances on multiple stages, workshops, vendor booths, and more.

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