Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music, song, dance, and the Irish language, held its 2014 Convention & Mid-Atlantic Fleadh. April 25-27, 2014. Hilton Hotel, Parsippany, New Jersey. To celebrate, Consul General Noel Kilkenny and his wife, Hanora, had a celebratory kick-off party. World class musicians, Irish and Irish-American, took part in the festivities, including performers from the Brían Boru Cultural Centre in Cashel, County Tipperary. One of the many highlights of the evening was a performance by the Pearl River, New York under 12 Ceili Band. The group took 1st Place in the 2012 Fleadh Cheoil which was held in Cavan, Ireland, and 3rd place in the 2013 Fleadh in Derry, N.I.