Founder, Chairperson, and Coordinator
Timmy Collins is a flute player and set dancer from Kiskeam, Co. Cork. A native of Sliabh Luachra, he has been heavily influenced by the musicians of this unique style of traditional Irish music. Now a member of the Shandrum Céilí Band, his interest in céilí bands began in his teens when dancing at céilithe and playing with the Maule Cross Céilí Band. He has competed and often championed at All-Ireland level competitions, in both music and dancing, such as Fleadh, Siansa and Scór. As a fluent Irish speaker, Timmy is currently teaching in Irish and Mathematics in a Gaelcholáiste in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Anna Barrett | Button Accordion NEW
Anna Barrett is a button accordion and fiddle player from Buttevant, Co. Cork. She began playing music in primary school and has been taught by Jimmy Morrison, Alan Finn, Eileen O’Brien and Derek Hickey. She went on to study Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Anna concluded her studies with a project on ‘The Perceptions of change in the Dance Music of Sliabh Luachra’ as she has been immersed from a young age in the music of the area by her grandparents who hail from Gneeveguilla. She has competed in Fleadh, Pléaracha and Scór with success at county, provincial and All-Ireland level. Anna teaches at Cill Mhín CCÉ and Cuisle Avondhu, Killavullen. She currently works in finance in Limerick.
Kate O’Gorman | Fiddle & Guitar
Kate O’ Gorman is a fiddle and guitar player from Boherbue, Co. Cork. She began playing the fiddle at the age of 9, and the guitar a while later, learning her music from her brother, Mikie O’ Gorman and also from Alan Finn. She competed for many years in Scór and Fleadh, and has achieved numerous county and provincial titles, as well six All-Ireland medals. Kate is currently studying World Languages in UCC, and teaches with Millstreet and Cill Mhín Comhaltas branches.
Marie O’Gorman | Whistle and Flute
Marie O’Gorman is a flute and tin whistle player from Boherbue in North Cork. Playing music since the age of 9, she has been influenced by various music teachers including Alan Finn, her brother Mikie, Michael King and Claire Heffernan. Marie has also been part of numerous music groups and bands for Fleadh Cheoil and Scór over the years, having numerous successes in both competitions up to All-Ireland level. Marie is currently studying Physiotherapy in the University of Limerick.
Caoimhe O’Mahony | Piano/Keyboard
Caoimhe O’Mahony is a piano and fiddle player from Boherbue, Co. Cork. A classically taught player from the beginning of primary school with a completion of Grade 8 in both instruments, she also trained in traditional piano and fiddle playing under the teaching of Alan Finn. She competed for several years in Scór with Boherbue and in Fleadh with the Freemount Comhaltas. Caoimhe is now studying primary school teaching in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
Tadgh O’Sullivan | Concertina
Tadgh O’Sullivan is a concertina player from Millstreet, Co. Cork. He started playing music at the age of 9, learning from Lixnaw musician, Anne McAuliffe. He later joined the Freemount branch of Comhaltas winning All-Ireland medals with the u15 Crossfields Céilí Band and with an u18 grúpa ceoil, both under the guidance of Alan Finn. As well as being a member of the Shandrum Céilí Band, he has performed in the National Concert Hall in the 2014 final of Siansa Gael Linn with the group Lasair. Tadgh is currently studying to become a primary school teacher and teaches with the Millstreet, Kiskeam and Emly branches of Comhaltas.
Amanda O’Sullivan | Set Dancing
Amanda O’Sullivan is a dancer from Boherbue, Co. Cork. She began learning dancing in school at a young age and was from then inspired to attend lessons after school. She danced competitively for many years in Scór, Fleadh and other competitions and achieved many county and provincial titles, as well as 7 All-Ireland medals. Amanda is passionate about all types of Irish dancing including set, figure and sean-nós dancing. Amanda is a primary school teacher in County Cork.
Annmarie O’Riordan | Traditional Singing
Annmarie O’Riordan hails from Rathcoole in County Cork. As a six year old, she joined Millstreet Comhaltas competing in Fleadh, Scór and similar competitions winning both provincial and national titles. Annmarie was chosen as the nation’s Best Newcomer Horizon Award winner at the prestigious Irish Music Awards and was honoured to perform Ámhrán na bhFiann in Croke Park for an All-Ireland football semi-final in 2013. She has released five albums to date, and tours Ireland, Europe, America and Canada with her band. Annmarie currently works as a primary school teacher, as well being a splendidly creative singer-songwriter.