About Us

Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí has been governed by a voluntary committee since its foundation in 1982. We are changing our organisational and governance structures to ensure that we comply with recommended standards in governance, transparency and accountability and we aim to have these changes substantially completed early in 2017.

Mission Statement

Our mission statement is simple – we want to:

  • strengthen Donegal fiddle playing at its roots
  • improve standards of fiddle playing
  • promote participation in all aspects of Donegal fiddle music
  • encourage the transmission of the Donegal styles and repertoire

Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí Board of Directors

Dr. Aidan O’Donnell  (Cathaoirleach) is the Music Generation Development Officer for County Tipperary, managed by Tipperary Local Music Education Partnership and  led by Tipperary Education & Training Board in partnership with Tipperary County Council.

Gearoid Ó Maonaigh  (Leas-Cathaoirleach) is a self-employed in media production concentrating mainly, but not specifically, on cultural works with expertise in both Irish and English language productions. He has worked with a number of Ireland’s leading traditional artists. He also undertakes rural development consultation projects.

Tara Connaghan  (Rúnaí) is an organic farmer and involved in the family businesses in County Donegal.

Ellie Nic Fionnghaile is an Administration Officer with a traditional arts organisation.

Dr. Conor Caldwell is a lecturer and researcher in traditional Irish music.


Compliance with the Code of Governance

Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí is committed to achieving full compliance with the Charities Regulator Governance Code, appropriate to the scale of our organisation.

Statement of Recommended Practice
Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí will adopt SORP, as appropriate to the scale of our organisation.


Our Most Recent Financial Statement

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