Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

FLEADH Cheoil na hÉireann is often described as the Olympics of Traditional Irish music, culture, song and dance.
The 59th Fleadh will take place in Tullamore between August 16- 23 and is going to be even bigger and better then the two previous years.

The Fleadh Cheoil has found a wonderful home in Tullamore and has enjoyed phenomenal success over the past two years since its inaugural visit to Tullamore in 2007.

It is expected that the event will bring over 250,000 visitors, 10,000 performers and over 100 competitions to Tullamore over the nine day period. It is one of the premier cultural events in Ireland and one of the largest in Europe.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann began in 1951 and has increased in popularity and size over the past fifty years. It will include thousands of musicians, dancers and storytellers from all over Ireland, the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the USA.

Each year, the Fleadh provides a meeting place for those who carry on the great traditions of playing and cherishing our music, songs, and dance. Following on from last year’s event, Tullamore, has in itself, now become known as a great location to host such events.

The Fleadh includes Scoil Éigse, which compromises of a week of workshops and classes of Irish traditional music, song and dance, an action packed programme of events during Seachtain na hÉigse, Seachtain na Gaeilge and then the competition weekend.

The centre piece of the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil is the competitions, which take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 21-23, and these draw capacity crowds.

For many, the public face of the Fleadh is the music sessions, which take place in every pub, hotel, café, doorway, and street throughout the weekend.

The organising committee has been hard at work for ten months putting together this exciting and dynamic programme for the 2009 event and people can expect the same action packed nine days as the previous two years.

PRO Karen O’Grady, said that the organising committee will see the culmination of months of preparation when the Fleadh kicks off on Sunday, August 16.

“To undertake it for the third year is phenomenal and we are looking forward to people coming to Tullamore again. The Fleadh belongs to the people and we are hoping that people will come once again to Tullamore and enjoy Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2009,” she enthused.

These will include the World Record Attempt for the Largest Traditional Irish Music session, the opening parade, the Ard Ollamh Celebration Dinner, and much much more.

For further details on all the Fleadh events, checked out our website at or watch for a Fleadh programme near you.

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