Buenos Aires Branch


  • Tomas Francisco Nelson
  • Enrique Martinez 2184 2oB
  • Buenos Aires


While on a tour of Ireland commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Admiral William Brown, founder of the Argentinian Navy, who was born in Foxford, Co. Mayo, a group of musicians/singers/ dancers (mostly descendents of Irish emigrants) from Argentina visited Sligo. While in Sligo, Reachtaire Vince Hearns arranged a civic reception in the City Hall hosted by the newly elected Mayor Joanathan McGoldrick. Later in the evening the group formed a branch of Comhaltas at a meeting held in Ceoláras Coleman, Gurteen, Co. Sligo under the chairmanship of Ard Comhairle member Seamus Mc Cormack. Later again that night the group joined some twenty local musicians in The Roisin Dubh led by the ledgendary Peter Horan. Vince Hearns accompanied the group on a visit to Westport, Co. Mayo where there was another civic reception before the group went off to meet Chieftan’s flute player Matt Molloy. From there Vince accompanied the group on a vist to Brú Ború in Cashel, Co. Tipperary where Una Uí Murchú the Artistic Director hosted a dinner for the visitors and invited Fernando Marcos the lead dancer from Argentina to be a guest performer with the world renowned Brú Ború Group. Visits to Culturlann na h-Éireann -(the National Cultural Institute), O’Shea’s Merchant were also highlights of the visitors tour. It is expected that the group will hold their inaugural meeting at the end of September in Buenos Aires.

AGM 21.10.2007 Report

The annual general meeting of the branch was held in The Fahy Club on Sunday 21st October attended by 26 persons. The following officers were elected to direct the affairs of the branch. President; Tomas Nelson, Secretary; Santiago Einar McCarthy, Treasurer; Pamela Schweblin. After a lively discussion it was finally agreed to change the name of the branch to The Buenos Aires Branch. A number of short texts relating to Irish history and culture were then read and all present joined in the singing of a popular song. There was an 11 year old girl who then sang a song as a symbol of the transmission of the culture to the next generation. After this all joined in a session of music and dance that lasted until midnight.. The newly elected officers will provide leadership and guidance in organising sessions , classes, the formation of a ceili band etc. in the coming year.


The current committee of Buenos Aires Branch:
Title Name
Chairman Daniel Wechsler
Secretary Patricia Hafford
Treasurer Brian Barthe Kenny
P.R.O Alfredo Farina

From Our Blog: Buenos Aires Branch News

Buenos Aires Branch

11yr old Megan (Irish-Argentine fifth generation) Singing a traditional Irish song a symbol of the transmission of Irish Culture to a new generation.

Comhaltas expands to South America

Last night the first South American branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was established in Argentina. The inaugral meeting took place in Ceolaras Coleman in Gurteen, Co. Sligo, a Comhaltas Regional Resource Centre.