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Spink Comhaltas invests €15,000 as part of return to music classes

Spink Comhaltas is investing €15,000 as part of a major investment to facilitate a return to in-person music classes from September 24.

The investment is being done in conjunction with the Spink Community Hall Development Association and is part of Spink Comhaltas’ readiness plan to facilitate a full return to in-person music classes.

The investment will allow the creation of larger new music classrooms by installing a moveable partition, and will also invest in screen partitions for students and teachers to ensure full adherence to public health guidelines.

Chairman Lawrence Vesey noted that while Spink Comhaltas had successfully delivered music classes online during the pandemic, there was a very strong demand from students and parents for a return to in-person classes as quickly as possible.

He said: “Traditional Irish music is a very social activity and our classes are delivered in small groups. We have always placed a big emphasis on facilitating our students to build friendships and to enjoy the process of learning music.

“This investment is something we were considering before the pandemic, and we are confident that it will be a major asset – both for ourselves but also for the wider community who use the Community Hall in Spink.”

This investment in facilities will complement the previous investments in a music instrument bank, music books and online music resources.

Paying for an investment like this is a major undertaking for a voluntary group such as Spink Comhaltas.

The group are raising a loan to fund the up-front work, and will be running a number of fund-raising activities to pay back the loan as quickly as possible.

Mr Vesey noted that the group had received approval for part-funding from Laois County Council under the Laois Community Enhancement Programme 2021.

This has been very invaluable and is greatly appreciated, but it is contingent on us raising the funds up-front to pay for the investment first.

Other fund-raising initiatives will be run by Spink Comhaltas – this will include raffle tickets as part of the Comhaltas National Draw which has a top prize of €5,000 – tickets are €5 each and are available from members of the committee.

Spink Comhaltas is also running a GoFundMe page. Mr Vesey explained that Spink had been supported by generous private donations of various amounts in the past.

In addition, the branch has an active base of supporters and followers based around the world – the GoFundMe page is a convenient way for supporters to make a donation of any amount to the branch.

Details of the GoFundMe page are on Spink’s website and on it’s Facebook page. Meanwhile, the musicians of Spink have been warming up for a return to live music.

Abbeyleix Farmer’s market was entertained with music on Saturday mornings during July and August, and Spink are running a series of 5 Autumn Seisiúns in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Saturday evenings in September from 6.30pm beside Polly’s outdoor dining area.

Online registration for both juniors and adults is now open with details on the facebook and website.

Junior classes will resume on September 24. Members of Spink Comhaltas get access to excellent teachers and teaching resources, great facilities and one of the most comprehensive music instrument banks in the country.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.