- Mar 21,2020
As with most organisations in these troubled times, Killarney Comhaltas has been hit badly by the Coronavirus outbreak, with it's activities seriously curtailed.All classes, in both music and dancing, have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. It is difficult to know when these classes will resume but clearly nothing can be done until schools get the go-ahead to re-open.Our branch meeting for the month of March has also been cancelled, as has the County Board meeting. The church gate collection for the county Fleadh Cheoil will obviously also not be able to go ahead until masses resume with congregations, and, indeed, the Fleadh Cheoil itself may have to be postponed.Meanwhile our young musicians find themselves at home with schools closed and are wondering what to do with themselves. We would ask you, firstly, to take very seriously the concept of Social Distancing. Do not go out meeting up with your friends - you are likely to pick up the virus and carry it home with you to your family, potentially causing serious illness and even death, especially if there are elderly people, or people with health issues in your home. Social Distancing combined with constant hand-washing will help enormously to control the spread of the virus.This doesn't mean you are totally cut off from your friends. You have Skype, WhatsApp etc to keep in touch.This "homestay" also gives you an ideal opportunity to practice your music, including going back over tunes you haven't played in a while. It's also a chance to listen to some music. If you go into the main Comhaltas website at www.comhaltas.ie you will find, on the right hand side of the main page, a section called Comhaltas Live where well known musicians have been videoed playing some of their favourite tunes. If you click on Video Clip of the Day you will see a list of videos that you can watch, but even better, you can go to the bottom right-hand corner and find "Archive Categories" and top of the list is "Comhaltas Live" videos with hundreds of music videos. You can even select the videos that involve the instrument you want to watch. So, enjoy!And above all, stay safe.