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It's Finally Here.  Let the Music Begin!

We've waited a year for this day, and little did we realize the changes that would occur to force us to move O'Flaherty's from Camp Hoblitzelle to Camp Cyberspace.  It has been a wild, exhilarating ride to get to this point, but it has been worth it.  We think we have created something meaningful and unique.  It certainly will be memorable, hopefully, in the best of ways.  There are some important bits of news to report, so please read on.  And please continue to help us spread the word!  Students can access the lessons and the recorded live events for a full month after the Retreat ends, so people who sign up later can still enjoy much of what the virtual Retreat has to offer.  Thanks for being a crucial part of this grand experiment!        

Zoom Used for All Group Seisiúns

For some time, we have been testing Google Meet and Zoom for our seisiúns.  Based on the quality of the sound, we have elected to use Zoom as the application for these events only.  We will use Google Meet for all other events.  This will require participants to install Zoom on their computer or tablet.  Download the appropriate "Zoom Client" HERE.  Also, our Session Team has prepared a document that will help you set up your Zoom client to deliver the best results -- ZOOM SET UP INSTRUCTIONS.  If you need assistance with your set-up, use the Request for Assistance FORM or post in the #tech-support channel in the O'Flaherty Slack.

Need Tech Help?

We have scheduled some live Q&A meetings if you still have questions about the Retreat in general or about Google Classroom, Google Meet, Slack, and Zoom and how to adjust their settings to improve your online experience.  Here are the dates and times:

10-11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 18th (CDT)
3-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18th (CDT)

We have created some short videos to help explain and demonstrate a few areas: 

Joining Google Classroom

Navigating the Commons

Recording of Student Training Meeting

Her are some helpful videos about the Google Meet and Zoom platforms as well as a document that will help you configure the best Zoom settings for the seisiúns:

Google Meet Tutorial

Zoom Tutorial

Zoom Set Up

We have also created an introduction to our student communication platform, Slack:
Reminder:  You can ask for help within Slack by completing a Request for Assistance FORM, posting in the #tech-support channel in Slack or by emailing
We want to make sure you know about all the great events at the Retreat and how to access them, so we have created several ways to communicate with you.  The O'Flaherty Weekly has been distributed as an email for the past month.  Starting next Sunday, it will take the form of a weekly video from the Retreat Director Ken Fleming.  Then on Oct. 19th, we will begin publishing The Daily Craic: a daily bulletin to keep you informed about the schedule and offerings, features about our instructors, Retreat highlights, tunes of the day, and much more.  Both will appear in The Commons within Google Classroom.  

Looking for Previous Updates?
Go to UPDATES or The Commons to see all of our emails to our students.

New Retreat Trailer Released!

We have a new video that has been posted on our Facebook group.  It summarizes what our virtual Retreat is about.  Please help us get the word out by sharing this post or sending the video to your musical friends.  Here is the LINK.

Did You Get Your Invites to Core Courses?

By now, you should have received invitations by email to your core courses.  By accepting, you will be able to see the classrooms for each of the core courses for which you have enrolled.  For example, if you enrolled in banjo and flute, you should have received two separate emailed invitations to those courses.  After accepting, you should now see those courses as separate classrooms in Google Classroom. 

This Sunday, for those that have purchased the Extras Package, you will receive an invitation to join Trad Hall.  After you accept that invitation, you will see the Trad Hall classroom.  This is where you will access enrichment classes, informances, workshops and the concerts.  If you didn't purchase the Extras Package when you enrolled but want to now, please contact Rick Roberts at or submit a Request for Assistance FORM.

Contest Deadlines Extended

The deadlines for our contests have been extended due to the late wave of enrollments.  The new deadline for the Halloween Costume Contest remains midnight on Oct. 30th. For the rules, go HERE.  Good luck contestants!

Last Pre-Retreat Events

We have just a few events left before the Retreat begins:

Friday, Oct. 16th at 8 p.m. (CDT)  Instructor Concerts from Oct. 21st, 2018

  • Rick Holt, Pete Strickler, Annmarie Acosta, Dirk Mewes (Guest)
  • Jack Talty, Liam O'Connor, Nolan Ladewski
  • Haley Richardson
  • Brian Miller, Éilís Kennedy, Niamh Ní Charra
  • Tommy & Saundra O’Sullivan
  • All of the 2018 Instructors

Saturday, Oct. 17th at 3-5 p.m. (CDT)  Open Session with Peggy Fleming and Ken Fleming (Reminder: we will use Zoom for this session.)

Saturday, Oct. 17th at 8 p.m. (CDT)  Instructor Concerts from Oct. 20th, 2019

  • Brian McNamara, Sue Richards, Therese Honey (Guest)
  • Brian McGrath, Karen Tweed
  • Joseph Carmichael, Brian Finnegan, Derek Hickey, Oisín Mac Diarmada
  • All of the 2019 Instructors
If you miss seeing any of these concerts on the nights they are scheduled, they will remain available for viewing in The Commons until December 8th along with the other recorded events from the Retreat.

Please join our FACEBOOK GROUP!

We are doing a countdown with videos from past instructors, running contests, and enjoying some craic leading up to the Retreat. 

Pun of the Week

The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.
(Submitted by Anonymous)

Thank You for Your Support!

2020 Major Sponsors

Southwest Celtic Music Association

2020 Key Sponsors

Robert Moore

2020 Contributing Sponsors

Jack Dingler
Lisha Haughton & Jeremy Welch
Mike Martin

2020 Retreat Partners

Perseus Aryani
Joseph Beckley
James Bradley
Robert Brandon
Matthew Carter
Daniel Chisolm
Pamela Copus

Betsy Cummings
Catherine Davey
Ann Delahanty
Lainie Ereno

Michael Harris
Kyle Herzog
John Ivy

Kevin Kane
Michael and Joyce Keyes
Jim Langley
Tom McArdle
Niamh McGillicuddy
Laura Michaelides

Corey Minyard
Carl Morrissey

Steve Moore
Cliff Moses

Amanda Pangle
Cappy Phipps
Brian Regan
James Rix
Kendall Rogers

Brian Shaw
Kenny Tweedy
Anna Waters
Wayne White

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