Fleadh by the Feale to kick off lively weekend in West Limerick

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Fleadh by the Feale to kick off lively weekend in West Limerick

Singer Mary Black and her band will perform this Sunday in Abbeyfeale

NORMA PRENDIVILLEnormap@limerickleader.ie

MUSICIANS from all over the county and nationwide will begin congregating in Abbeyfeale this Thursday night when the 22nd Fleadh by the Feale gets underway.

And from then until late on Bank Holiday Monday, it will be music, more music and even more music in this music-loving town.

The headline act for this year’s fleadh is Mary Black and her band who will perform on Sunday night  but hundreds of other musicians, singers and dancers will be providing entertainment and enjoying themselves through the four days and five nights.

An Oíche Gaelach, a mammoth céilí with Stríolán, a series of master workshops and the National Bone-Playing Championships are just some of the events on the programme. But there will be plenty of sessions in the various public houses around the town and lots of free, outdoor entertainment from the gig-rig in the Square.

Friday night’s  busking competitions, aimed at young musicians, also promises to be a great event involving the biggest number of participants to date.

Now one of West Limerick’s longest-running festivals, Fleadh by the Feale has earned its reputation as one of the best such festivals in the country. It also provides a huge boost to the local economy.

Full details are available on www.fleadhbythefeale.com

Meanwhile, other events in West Limerick this weekend include the Monagea walk, run and cycle for the CRY charity. Registrations for the cycle starts at 8am while walkers and runners take to the roads at noon. 

This Sunday, the West Limerick Vintage Club’s vintage run on behalf of the Butterfly Club starts in Rathkeale at 12. 

A small committee in Ashford Raheenagh has also organised a series of events in the parish this weekend in aid of Milford Care Centre, including a Truck Run from Foynes to Ashford, assembling at noon.