Ards CCÉ Entertainment Group was established in 2012 by Niall and Bronagh McClean in an attempt to bring all our young talented artists together, as a team, to promote Irish Music, Song and Dance in the form of a Stage Show.
Since then the show has gone from strength to strength and the group has performed at many celebrated music festivals and events, including The International Music Festival in Rouen (France), Nottingham Irish Fest (England), Dunfanaghy Irish Festival (Ireland), Interceltic Festival of Avilés (Spain), Copenhagen Irish Festival (Denmark), International Pan Celtic Festival, Carlow (Ireland), Cup of Tae Festival, Donegal (Ireland), Bath Irish Festival (England), Liverpool Irish Festival (England), St Columbanus commemorations in Bobbio (Italy), and St Patrick’s Day parade and celebrations in New York (USA).
At the Copenhagen festival they received TWO double encores and were described as the “Best Performance Show Copenhagen Irish Festival has ever had”. We took this as a real compliment as this festival has been running for over 25 years! Also, at the recent International Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland a local radio broadcaster described them as “The Best of Irish Culture”, which as a result led to a TV appearance on Irish TV station TG4 (pictured right).
Within the past number of years the Entertainment Group have also been the supporting acts for Sean Keane, Beoga, Sharon Shannon, Lúnasa, Dervish, Frankie Gavin, the world famous group, The Priests, and have had the amazing pleasure to play alongside legendary fiddle player Liz Carroll from Chicago. Furthermore, the group have been booked by many cruise liner companies to do local shows on board their ships when docked in Belfast and Dublin harbours. Local Councils have also asked them to perform at major tourist attractions such as The Giants Causeway Centre and Titanic Quarter. In 2015 the group made history by being the first Irish traditional band to perform for the Royal Family at their private residence in Hillsborough Castle
There are many other renowned festivals planned for Ards CCÉ Entertainment Group and we hope to bring our Award Winning Show back to the USA to attend the Milwaukee Irish Festival.