Foreign flavour for this year’s Fleadh by the Feale

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

Young musicians performing at last year's Fleadh by the Feale in Abbeyfeale
ONE of the Mid West’s most famous celebrations of traditional music, Abbeyfeale’s annual ‘Fleadh by the Feale’, will have a distinctly international flavour this year, organisers have said.

ONE of the Mid West’s most famous celebrations of traditional music, Abbeyfeale’s annual ‘Fleadh by the Feale’, will have a distinctly international flavour this year, organisers have said.

The programme for this year’s fleadh, which takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend, will feature the usual mix of concerts, competitions and workshops that have made it one of the premier music events around.

However this year, the event will be embracing the spirit of The Gathering when it hosts hundreds of workers from Kostal plants across Britain and mainland Europe. Kostal, which has been long established in Abbeyfeale, is inviting workers from its European operation to visit Abbeyfeale during the fleadh, and take part in a once-off international soccer tournament, which will take place on Saturday, May 4.

Maureen Murphy, a member of the fleadh organising committee, said that this year’s event will be even better thanks to the influx of overseas visitors.

“We’ve always had people coming over to visit us ever year. Kostal have been a big supporter for a number of years, they’re great. They decided to get involved this year with The Gathering, with their soccer tournament. It’ll be wonderful to have so many people coming back to Abbeyfeale for the weekend, and maybe they’ll enjoy it so much they’ll be back again”.

The schedule for the 19th fleadh was released this week, and the headline for this year’s event will be a spectacular performance by the famous Kilfenora ceili band at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef on Sunday, May 5. The fleadh will also include a raft of workshops, busking competitions, live entertainment, master classes and storytelling. The official launch of this year’s fleadh will take place the Ploughman Bar, Abbeyfeale on Thursday, April 11 and 9pm. For more information, contact 086 3265762.