Abbeyfeale set for celebration of traditional music and dance at annual ‘Fleadh by the Feale’

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

ABBEYFEALE will once again play host to some of the brightest talents of traditional music at this year’s annual Fleadh by the Feale.

ABBEYFEALE will once again play host to some of the brightest talents of traditional music at this year’s annual Fleadh by the Feale.

The four day celebration will feature open air concerts, street busking, workshops and more than just a handful of impromptu seisúns over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Maureen Murphy, a member of the fleadh organising committee, said that all of the event’s traditional highlights, such as the All Ireland junior and senior bone playing competitions, will return this year.

“It’s been a very important event in people’s diaries for years. People look forward to it – they come back to Abbeyfeale and get a great welcome. Hopefully the weather will be kind”.

The fleadh will begin on Thursday, Mary 3 at the Abbeyfeale library with the presentation of prizes in a schools art poster competition, followed by music and singing in a number of local pubs.

On Friday night the traditional street busking competition will take place, followed by a concert from the Deenagh Ceili Band at Fr Casey’s GAA club. On Saturday afternoon, the Convent NS will host ‘master workshops’ in everything from accordion and banjo playing to traditional singing and Sean Nos dancing from 1.30pm.

On Saturday night on the main stage in the square Michael O’Brien and the Templeglantine Comhaltas will perform. On Sunday, the junior All Ireland bone playing competition will take place in the square, followed by a performance by Rud Éasca.

At 8pm Four Men and a Dog will headline a concert at the Abbeyfeale Sports Complex, alongside a band from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef.

The weekend will come to a close on Bank Holiday Monday, with the All Ireland senior bone playing championships. As well as the usual prizes, this year’s contest will also see the presentation of the inaugural Patrick ‘Sport’ Murphy memorial trophy, named after the local pioneer of bone playing and fleadh veteran who passed away recently.