ONCE again Tullamore proved itself an excellent central venue when the town hosted the 60th annual Comhaltas Congress last weekend.
The two main hotels in the town - the Bridge House and the Tullamore Court both hosted events over the weekend which attracted large attendances and Saturday evening’s Vigil Mass in the Church of the Assumption was celebrated as gaeilge and with traditional music which was very much appreciated by all who attended.
Apart from the official events traditional musicians could be found at various venues around the town making music to the great delight of music lovers. Special areas for dancers were also available as the weekend celebrated all matters Comhaltas.
Organisers of the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, which will be held in Cavan again this year (having been held in Tullamore in 2007, 2008 and 2009), were also in attendance encouraging the many performers in attendance to visit the town. They admitted that Tullamore had been a hard act to follow but they were pleased to get the opportunity to do so again. Attracta Brady, the woman behind Tullamore’s successful hosting of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann said the weekend had been a wonderful showcase of traditional music.