7th Annual Irish Summer School 2019

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Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Luxembourg is a club dedicated to the promotion of Irish music and culture and has been active in Luxembourg for more than 30 years.

We are running our 7th Annual Summer School for children (primary school up) and teenagers providing classes in:

  • step dancing
  • singing (traditional songs)
  • tin whistle
  • drama (to cover Irish mythology & legends)

The school will run during the week of 29 July – 2 August 2019 from 8.30 to 12.30.

Venue – JEC, 23 Avenue Gaston Diderich, Belair, L-1420 Luxembourg.

For information: tel. 621 673 376 / comhaltas.lu@gmail.com;

Fee EUR 120.00 payable to Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann quoting ‘Summer School’ and participant’s name:

IBAN LU51 1111 7048 6260 0000

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Trip to Tenneville – Sunday 8 September 2019

Trip to Tenneville – unveiling of plaque to Matthias Barnewall

We are organising a bus to attend the unveiling of the plaque and will put on an exhibition of Irish music and dance.

If you are interested in joining the trip, can you please contact us at comhaltas.lu@gmail.com to reserve a place.

Tenneville 2019

Tenneville is a village in the Ardennes, midway between Luxembourg and Namur on the N4 that was previously the main road to Bruxelles. Less than two kilometres away is the site where the Battle of Ortheuville took place on 10 September 1692. It was a minor confrontation that was part of the Nine Years War that lasted from 1688 to 1697 between France and a European Coalition of Dutch, German and British armies. General D’Harcourt led a force of 3,500 men including Irish cavalry against a similar sized force of Germans from Brandenburg. It was a brief encounter, Harcourt ordered his cavalry to charge before the Germans had established their lines and they routed the enemy. From an Irish perspective the victory had a bitter taste as amongst the fallen was Matthias Barnewell, Lord of Trimleston, county Meath. Aged only 22, he was already a veteran who had been present at the Siege of Limerick where he was an exchanged hostage and who had left Ireland with Sarsfield and 20,000 other soldiers after the infamous Treaty.

Barnewall was buried at the Church of St Gertrude in Tenneville and a large tombstone was laid to commemorate him. The belfry of the Church had been refurbished in 1682 and the Church was a new edifice at that stage. In the centuries that followed, the church fell to neglect and was finally deconsecrated in 1957. The church was classified as a national monument in 1985.

On Sunday 8 September, as part of the National Heritage day celebrations, a plaque will be unveiled to explain the significance of the tombstone. From a local perspective, the tombstone highlights how that part of Belgium was once the front line of a pan-European conflict. From an Irish perspective, the tombstone represents the start of a terrible decline as the young officer that died was part of an elite who left Ireland in the hope of returning to reclaim their country. Instead, the Wild Geese were to fight and fall at many battles around Europe. Sarsfield too died a year later and was buried at Huy.

 

Irish Dancing Summer School for Adults

 

Dance school 2019For more information please contact: irishdancinglux@gmail.com

Venue: Old St.George’s Hall, RUE DES MARGUERITES, WEIMERSHOF L-2127 (easily accessible by bus and tram)

Fee payable to Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann quoting ‘Adults Summer School’ and participant’s name: IBAN LU51 1111 7048 6260 0000 Swift CCPLLULL

 

Irish Club Events

The Irish Club is holding two upcoming events in July.  For the wine tour & tasting, Comhaltas members will not be charged:

Irish Club Announces July Events: Art in the Grund, Sunday Roast Lunch; Bernard-Massard Tour & Tasting

Following the AGM last month, the committee of Irish Club of Luxembourg (ICL) has met to plan a series of events over the coming months, with July seeing the club attend the Art in the Grund event, followed by a Sunday Roast Lunch, and also a private guided tour of the Bernard-Massard winery in Grevenmacher.

  • Sunday 7 July: Art in the Grund & Sunday Roast Lunch

On Sunday 7 July, the Irish Club of Luxembourg will enjoy another Sunday Roast Lunch, this time back at Oscar’s in the Grund (9 Bisserweg) from 12:30. The date has been chosen to coincide with the monthly “Art in the Grund” event happening along the nearby bridge over the River Alzette, which takes place between 10:00 – 18:00 that day – held on the first Sunday of the month from May to October. This open-air art gallery presents the opportunity for visitors to meet with international artists who will be displaying their sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. To register you place at the lunch, contact Fiona at fiona.mulhern@gmail.com (there is no charge except what you order for lunch; members and non-members are welcome).

  • Saturday 20 July: guided tour of Bernard-Massard in Grevenmacher

Meet at 10:15 at the Bernard-Massard winery (Route du Vin entrance) in Grevenmacher for a 10:30 start. We will have a guided tour by the CEO, Antoine Clasen, followed by a wine tasting (90 minutes in total). Members free-of-charge, non-members €10. To attend, email Geoff at gwt@pt.lu. If you would like to stay for lunch (probably at the popular La Taverna), please mention this in your reservation email.

 

Dance Against Cancer – 2nd February

To mark World Cancer Day (on 4 February 2019), and to raise funds for the Luxembourg Cancer Foundation, a Scottish/Irish Cèilidh is being organised on Saturday 2 February 2018 from 19:00 at the Centre Cultural Altrimenti (5 Avenue Marie-Therese, Luxembourg-ville).ceilidh-flyer 2019.jpg

The 2019 Dance Against Cancer Cèilidh is the third such event held in the Grand Duchy, with €2,051.60 raised in 2018 for the Luxembourg Cancer Foundation.

Following the success of previous events in 2017 and 2018, the traditional Irish band Kitchen Quartet will again provide the music, with a dance caller organising those on the dance floor who may not know the various dances. The Luxembourg Pipe Band will also perform.

A cash bar will be in operation. All money raised will be donated to the Cancer Foundation.

Tickets €12 from http://urquhart.lu/relais or at the door (subject to availability)