Ciarán FitzGerald

Ciarán is a 25 year-old musician and composer from Celbridge, Co. Kildare. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing the flute, concertina, uilleann pipes, fiddle & tin whistle.

Ciarán began composing tunes at a young age, and gained experience with musical arrangement through directing a 1916 commemorative performance, involvement in grúpaí ceoil and in Siansa Gael Linn groups. Misneach is the first commissioned suite of music composed by Ciarán, with music inspired by the 40 year legacy of Craobh Bheartla Uí Fhlatharta and the strong tradition of music in the area today.

Among his musical achievements, Ciarán is a 14-time All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil champion. He has won seven different senior competitions, including the flute, concertina and tin whistle. He has performed on the Comhaltas Tours of Ireland and the UK, for President Michael D. Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin and as part of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland for Pope Francis. He has tutored many students to success in competition and at many music festivals around Ireland, including six consecutive years at Scoil Éigse.

Ciarán is a full-time Clinical Pharmacist working in Peamount Hospital. He works primarily on the Respiratory Rehabilitation Ward, as well as in Age-Related Rehabilitation and in the hospital dispensary.