SLIDESHOW: Abbeyfeale fleadh a big, sunny success

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville


ALIVE and kicking after 25 years: Fleadh by the Feale clocked up another big success at the weekend, marking its 25th anniversary with large crowds and superb music.

“Music and good company, how could you go wrong”, asked the very satisfied Vincent Sheehy who is chairman of the organising committee. “The weather made it and it was a huge boost for the town.”

Musicians and music lovers came from far and wide for the event in Abbeyfeale with a lot of overseas visitors from North America, the UK and even Italy, Mr Sheehy said.

The packed programme had something on offer for everyone, kicking off with an Oíche Ghaeilge and ending on a high note with the All Ireland Bone Playing Championship.

In between, came the young buskers, the workshops, the céilí, the singing night, the Sliabh Luachra session, the Dan Murphy Session, the Youth Trad Session and dozens of both formal and informal sessions in the different bars around town.

The highlight of weekend was the dazzling show featuring the Kilfenora Ceili Band on a return visit to Abbeyfeale.

This year saw an international dimension for the Bone-Playing competition with three Americans and a Canadian flying in to take their chances against more local competition. In the end, it was Barry Bones Patton, from Kansas who scooped the senior title.