Clare FM launches Fleadh schedule with airport flash mob

Clare FM launches Fleadh schedule with airport flash mob

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Clare FM lunches Fleadh radio schedule with airport flash mob

Clare FM lunches Fleadh radio schedule with airport flash mob

Posted by The Clare Herald on Friday, August 4, 2017

Passengers at Shannon Airport were left in no doubt that the biggest traditional Irish music event of the year will get underway in Co Clare in just over a weeks time.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 will be held in Ennis from Sunday August 13th and travellers at the midwest airport were treated to a spectacle as over 100 ‘under-cover’ dancers stepped out of the crowd to perform an Irish dance.

Disguised as airport workers including cleaning staff and security personnel, the dancers aged between 6 and 16 years old, gradually emerged from corners of the packed departures hall and kicked up their heels as traditional music was played over the airport speakers.

The dancers, from the John Fennell School of Set Dancing based in Kilrush,  had been practising for the past week for yesterdays event. The performers all wore Clare GAA jerseys and danced in front of hundreds of plane passengers.

The flash mob event was organised by award-winning local radio station Clare FM to highlight their planned coverage of the Fleadh.

Posted by The Clare Herald on Friday, August 4, 2017

  • Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello performed at one of the Clare FM Lunchtime Fleadh Sessions last year

Following the success of last years event, the Co Clare town will host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for a second consecutive year before it moves to Drogheda in 2018.

From Monday August 14th, Clare FM will host a lunchtime session from a marquee outside the Ennis town centre studios. The special live programmes will be broadcast each day of the Fleadh, while the station’s weekday traditional Irish music programme, The West Wind, will also broadcast nightly from the marquee.

Clare FM’s Head of Operations Padraic Flaherty said: “This event was organised to launch Clare FM’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann schedule. This Flash Mob has been weeks in the making and we are thrilled with how it turned out.”

“Special praise is needed for the wonderful kids that took part who are all great dancers, a massive thank you to their parents aswell.  Without John Fennell is would not have been possible,” Mr Flaherty said.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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