Ceannródaithe awards take place on day three of the Fleadh

Ceannródaithe awards take place on day three of the Fleadh


Young musicians at the Fleadh. Pic: David Crimmins
Young musicians at the Fleadh. Pic: David Crimmins

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is in full swing with an array of events taking place to keep you entertained.

Each day throughout the week there is a Fidil Beo Series at 1pm in Glór which showcases the finest fiddle players in Co Clare. Tuesday’s hour-long lunchtime concert features Inagh’s Michael Queally. He will be joined by Noel O’Donoghue on flute.

All week the Frank Custy session runs from 11am-1pm at the Holy Family National School in Ennis. Tour guide Jane O’Brien will lead a walking tour of Ennis departing Ennis Tourist Office at 11am, 2 and 5pm. The Singers Club begins this evening at 9:30pm at The Auburn Lodge Hotel with Galway’s Pat Murray the MC.

Ennis Courthouse is the venue for Seachtain na hÉigse which is a series of lectures on history, music and culture. Three lectures are on each day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Today Cormac Ó Comhraí illustrates the contribution of Cranny’s Peadar Clancy in Easter Rising, Tomás Ó Nialláin recalls the life and times of Irish poet and writer, Aindrias MacCruitín. Dr Tim Collins concludes Tuesday’s lectures by focusing on the Crusheen Lancers’ Set.

Over the week an emphasis will be put on the Irish language. Several events will celebrate our native language on Tuesday from 10:30am – 6pm at venues such as Glór, Food Heaven, Siopa Leabhar na hInse, Teach na Cúirte, Gaelscoil Mh. Cíosóg agus Sr. na Maínistreach.

Cuaird is a series of one hour intimate acoustic concerts with some of the great names associated with the traditional music festival. Today sees Murt Collins and Tony O’Loughlin take centre-stage at St Columba’s Church from 3:30pm.

One hundred years on from the Easter Rising, 1916 – Visionaries and their Words echo the deep interest in traditional culture and art of James Connolly, Padraig Pearse and Joseph Plunkett. Lorcán MacMathúna reveals the musical influence of the Rising leaders from 6pm at Dánlann an Chláir.

Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGlynn team-up for a special concert in Glór at 8pm. It is rare for the trio to perform together and it promises to be a memorable occasion. At the same time Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones are live from Treacys West County Hotel.

Every year at the Fleadh, Comhaltas honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to traditional Irish culture. This year’s recipients from 8pm. Frank Custy, Michael Tubridy, Peter O’Loughlin, Joanie Madden, Kevin Rowsome, Colm O’Donnell, John Bowe and Brenda McCann will be honoured in the Auburn Lodge at a special function.

All over the town there will be street performances and much more.

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