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Bofield CCÉ

Bofield CCE was founded in 1995 based on the CCÉ bunreacht. Currently the branch offers classes in all traditional instruments and caters for all ages. We have Céilí bands and Grúpa Cheols at Under-12, 12-15, 15-18 and Senior level. Individuals and groups participate in competitions in Scór, Readoirí, Fleadhanna Cheoil and Slogadh and we regularly win competitions at all levels including All-Ireland. Our members come from Bonniconlin, down to Enniscrone, Killala, Lahadane and to Newport and Ardagh. Every Summer we host Seissiún nights in the Fr. Peyton Centre in Attymass showcasing local and visiting musicians, attracting large audiences from far and near. All are welcome. Please refer to our Facebook page Bofield CCÉ, where we post performances by our members, so as to promote and communicate our activities globally e.g. recent virtual performances: The Medina, performed by 23 of our Senior Grúpa Cheol musicians Seissiún night 20th August 2020 Bofield, Gort na mBó, is a small townland in Bonniconlon parish, situated four miles south-east of Ballina in Co. Mayo, on the east side of the river Moy. It has a long history of music. The Loftus family in Bofield established the first Céilí band in the 1930's. During the 1950's, the then school teacher, James Brennan, had a number of school bands which played and won at numerous competitions and were recorded by RTE. In the 1970's, local musicians, under the guidance of Peter Neary, revived the adult band winning at Mayo and Connacht Fleadh Cheoil in 1978. The Bofield Céilí band launched a book on the history of music in the area ‘Gort na mBó - A Century of Song, in 2002, with an accompanying CD, ‘100 Years A-Growing’. T 2020 is the 25th anniversary of the branch. Our grand plans to celebrate the last 25 years got disrupted some by the Covid pandemic but we set up our Facebook page and succeeded in hosting our Seissiún nights virtually in July and August. We plan to have these celebrations in 2021 with more great music, song and dance, a journal showcasing the successes of the last 25 years and a Bofield CCÉ heritage week.