Local Teens Take to the Stage with Katie Grennan and Gaelic Storm at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Local Teens from Burke-Conroy School of Irish Dance took to the stage with Gaelic Storm on Saturday September 9, 2017. Katie Grennan’s fiddle students, Brianna Cobbey, Margaret Kepler, and Michael Kepler played Tell Me Ma as a fantastic crowd cheered them on.   To close the show, Burke-Conroy School of Irish dancers Bridget Clark, Meghan Osekowski, Shiela Clark, Olivia Deasy, and BeBe Duffus danced a fantastic Treble Reel.   Congratulations on a FANTASTIC performance!     Click on the link below to see the Performance of Tell Me Ma. Tell Me Ma Performance Video

Pittsburgh Irish Festival!

Enjoy a day filled with family, fun, and great Irish entertainment!  Come and support our local Irish dance schools, as well as Pittsburgh’s own Katie Grennan as Galeic Storm’s newest member. 27th Annual – Pittsburgh Irish Festival of Pittsburgh September 8 – 9- 10, 2017 At the Riverplex! Check out the link to the Irish Festival for more information: http://pghirishfest.org  

A great end to summer!

A big thank you to all who came out to the end of the summer CCE picnic.   Despite the rain, a great time was had by all.   Great food, great music, and great people!     Check out the following link to hear the fantastic music from the seisiun:   End of Summer Seisin Music  

Good Luck Elizabeth!

The Pittsburgh CCE branch would like to send good luck wishes to Eliabeth Nist as she travels to Ireland for the 2017 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.   Elizabeth will travel to Ennis, Ireland from August 13 – 21 to compete in the U12 Slow Air Competition.  May the luck of the Irish be with you!  

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann- Ennis, Co Clare – Information

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is one of the largest festivals of traditional music in the world.  For one week every August, the very best of traditional talent from all over Ireland and the world comes together to meet, to compete but most importantly to celebrate all that is best in Irish music, song and dance.  Ennis hosted the Fleadh in 2016 and experienced a joyful invasion of musicians and listeners alike, young and old, families and visitors, all drawn by the magic that the Fleadh promises and always delivers.  Please find below the information for the 2017 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Pitt University Irish Dance Club and Fundraiser

This fall, Pitt University will introduce a new Irish Dance club! The club is named “Rince na gCathRach Cruach”, which translates to “Dance of the Steel City.” Pittsburgh has a wonderful Irish community and students Emma Cooley and Sarah Wolfe are really excited to spread this culture to Pitt’s campus! For their very first fundraiser, members of the club are going to be selling t-shirts.  Each shirt is $20 and comes in all sizes YXS-Adult 4XL.   For orders, please contact Emma Cooley at ecc34@pitt.edu. They would like to have an order together by August 4th.              

Pittsburgh CCE End of the Summer Celebration and Seisiun

Please join the Pittsburgh CCE on August 11, 2017 for an end of the summer celebration at the Irish Center of Pittsburgh. We will begin the day with swimming at 4PM, followed by a cookout.   We will provide the hamburgers, hotdogs, and beverages.   Please bring a side dish or dessert. Will will end the evening with a seisiun at 8PM and campout. We hope to see you there!   Please click on the link to download the flyer: Summer Party Information

Irish Day At Kennywood

Irish Day at Kennywood July 12, 2017 Local Irish Dance Schools to Perform: 12pm and 2pm – Burke-Conroy School of Irish Dance 1pm and 5pm – Shovlin School of Irish Dance 3pm and 6pm – Bell School of Irish Dance 4pm – Pittsburgh Irish Reelers For more information go to The on-line code https://www.kennywood.comirishday is live. You can order tickets now.  All dancers, dance teachers, and performers get in free. See attached Flyer below for more information  https://www.kennywood.com/sites/kennywood.com/files/KENNY_2017_HeritageDaysSchedule.pdf

Local Middle School Student is the Winner of the U12 Slow Air Competition at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh

Pittsburgh Comhaltas is associated with the New York Regional Fleadh. The fleadh was held in Parsippany, NJ on May 5, 2017. Congratulations to Elizabeth Nist the Mid-Atlantic Champion in the U12 Slow Air Competition. Elizabeth Nist is an 11 year old home schooled 6th grader. She is a dancer for the Bell School of Irish Dance. She plays the violin, viola, and piano. She began learning violin at the age of 5 under the instruction of Margaux Matz Pizula, from the Pittsburgh Music Academy. She has had the pleasure of performing at Heinz Hall, Phipps Conservatory, and Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. She also studies under the instruction of Pablo Ardilas, from Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra. Two years ago, she decided to expand her violin studies to learning fiddling techniques. She began studying under Sean Garee, from McPharlin Music School; and, more recently, Celtic techniques under Katie Grennan.