Up until now the organisational structure has comprised Mícheál as Craiceann Originator / Owner, and a Management Group of David and Rolf.

We have decided to expand the Management Group by the addition of an extra person.  The new member will be Gary Fortune, who has a long association with Craiceann and will bring much experience and a range of skills to the team. We welcome Gary onboard and know that he will make a major contribution to our school.

You can learn more about Gary from his biopic which is included below.   


Micheal O hAlmhain

The leader of our team, and the originator and owner of Craiceann is Micheal O hAlmhain (pronounced – “mee-haul-oh-haul-oon”). He is a highly respected master of Irish music and culture. Although originally from Dublin, he married a lady from Inis Oirr, and now lives permanently on the island with his family. He is an expert player and teacher of many instruments including whistle, uileann pipes, flute, and concertina.  He has been part of many bands, most notably Ceoltoiri Laighin and The Chieftains, and still makes guest appearances at Irish music events around the world.

David Lewis

David is an organiser and member of the Management Team.  He is from Dublin, and as a bodhrán player himself came to the first event in 2001 and has been here every year since. An early retirement from his professional career as a Brewmaster in Guinness has given him time to devote to Craiceann, and also to make some bodhráns as a part-time interest.

Rolf Wagels

Rolf from Hanover in Germany is our esteemed webmaster, and also an organiser and part of the Management team. He is a renowned bodhrán player and teacher, and works and lectures at the University of Veterinary medicine in Hannover in his “other life”. He started teaching at Craiceann 2005 and grew into the management over the following years.

Gary Fortune

Gary has been coming to Craiceann for many years, both as student and voluntary support to the organisers.  He is a fine bodhrán player, and also makes tippers as a hobby.  He is a senior manager in a large IT multinational.  He brings wide experience and a range of skills, and will be a great addition to the Management Team.