A native of Killeshandra County Cavan, Martin is a traditional Irish Musician, he teaches Concert Flute, tin whistle, piano and piano accordion with the Craobh Naithí branch of Comhaltas in Dublin.


He was National PRO of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann from 2003-2008 with whom he organised brand and Public Relations workshops for Branch, County and Provincial Public Relations Officers in Ireland and Britain. He was author of ‘Connecting with our public’ a guideline booklet on brand management and Public Relations for CCÉ.


As a musician Martin performs regularly and is a member of the Dodder Banks Ceili Band Athá Cliath. In the past he has performed with Comhaltas groups and bands including Cuilcagh, Deanach, The Killeshandra Wrenboys and The Anderson Gaffney Band playing throughout Ireland, Europe and the United States. Martin teaches at music workshops and is available to perform and teach. Contact martin@martingaffney.ie



As a designer Martin is particularly interested in the synergy of design and traditional Irish music culture.


His collaborative projects include the design of ‘Ceol na Cathrach’ with Dublin Flute Player Mick O’Connor at TradFest, ‘Round the House and Mind the Dresser’ and the Comhaltas Living Tradition Exhibitions for Cavan County Museum. For Craobh Naithí  Martin designed the CD packaging for the 2016 traditional music CD 'A Moment in Time.


Martin also collaborated with Fintan Vallely and Photographer Nutan to research, write, design and publish a book on the life and music of Musician Ben Lennon.


Martin was the PRO of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan 2010-2012 and he is an Advisor the The Music Instrument Fund of Ireland

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