ONE of Co Limerick’s most successful festivals, Fleadh by the Feale, got underway in Abbeyfeale this Thursday and will run, in rivers of music, until late next Monday night.
Along the way, hundreds of musicians of all ages and thousands of music lovers are expected to throng the streets, bars, halls and cafes of Abbeyfeale.
Perhaps most astonishing of all, the majority of events can be enjoyed, saor in aisce, by the public.
One of the few exceptions is the celebrity concert on Sunday night, featuring the iconic Kilfenora Ceili Band who will be delighting the audience with a mix of old favourites and new tunes from their latest CD.
Already, bookings are going well for this headline event in the gym hall of Coláiste Ide and Iosef but tickets will also be available on the door.
A busking competition on Friday night aimed at young musicians carries kudos and cash while the weekend offers lots of open-air entertainment on the gig-rig in the Square, including the Ballaugh Wren Boys, Outnumbered, Sound as a Pound and Templeglantine Comhaltas.
The All-Ireland Bone-Playing Championship, junior and senior, are also outdoor, free events.
In addition, there will be a ceili, a story-telling session and a range of master-class workshops as well.
And of course there will be pub sessions and impromptu sessions up and down the town throughout the weekend with the cream of local and national musicians likely to turn up for a tune or ten.
Sunday will also see the launch of their debut album by new band Breaking Trad which includes local accordion virtuoso Donal Murphy, Niall Murphy on fiddle and Mike Galvin on guitar. For the launch, in DJ Murphy’s bar, they will be joined by Lisa Canny on vocals.
To top it all, the weather is set fair for the weekend, which will no doubt add to the fun, which finishes with a flourish on Monday with a fireworks display.