Macalla 1916 is an orchestral suite of music composed by Michael Rooney and performed by the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra. The suite celebrates the centenary of the 1916 Rising. The orchestra consists of 55 traditional and classical musicians, two of which attend the school – Niamh McKenna and Sarah Waters. They are the youngest members of the Folk Orchestra.

The NFDI travelled to Britain to perform the Macalla 1916 suite in London’s Barbican Theatre on the 4th March.

This is being followed by a nationwide concert tour of Ireland. They will perform in the RDS at the state event for relatives of those who took part in the events of 1916. They will also perform at the Wexford Opera House, Cork City Hall, The Millenium Forum Derry and Knocknarea Arena Sligo.