A Message from the CIAW Committee
In the 25 years since Catskills Irish Arts Week began, we have experienced a surge in interest and growth that we could have hardly imagined at the outset.
We look forward to meeting old friends and new this coming July.
Donal Gallagher, Executive Director: email@example.com
Réidín Ó Flynn, Artistic Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike McHale, Music Consultant
Msgr Charlie Coen, Music Consultant
About Our Artistic Director, Réidín Ó Flynn
The Artistic Director of the CIAW , Réidín O’Flynn was born in County Cork, Ireland into a family of singers, writers, artists and poets. Her father taught in Connemara for many years, where he collected a repertoire of sean nos songs. He was a native Irish speaker and educator. Taught and encouraged by her parents at an early age Reidin began to develop an eclectic and extensive repertoire of songs. A resident of Greene County N.Y. she is now passing this experience of early engagement in music, song and tradition onto the Tír Na nÓg Childrens program at the Catskills Irish Arts Week. Her love and understanding of the Irish culture nurtured in her homeland, is now brought to East Durham N.Y. under her Artistic Direction. Adding new and exciting workshops to an already established event which was facing decline, brought success in the year 2013, with the Catskill Irish Arts Week growing bigger and more exciting every year.
Réidín’s involvement has been nothing short of transformative, starting with the Children’s program which was almost extinct . Just four students had registered by the end of May in 2012. In less than five weeks she raised the number to thirty two children. In 2013 eighty children enjoyed the program. Determined to include the local communities in this and other events, a sophisticated media campaign was initiated under her direction. A new and innovative website improved the marketing hub of the Catskills Irish Arts Week. She also launched a campaign to encourage the teachers to serve as our marketing arm. These efforts all proved to be very successful.
Réidín believes that much needed financial support and community involvement are vital to the continuing success and growth of the Catskills Irish Arts week.