Fleadh Cheoil Uíbh Fhailí 2016, hosted by Offaly Comhaltas takes place from the 1st-8th of May.
By Damian Moran
Several of the Comhaltas Branches in Offaly will be hosting events during this time and it promises to be an action-packed week of music, song and dance to suit all tastes and ages. There will be plenty of trad sessions throughout the county and two ceilis will take place in the Tullamore GAA Centre.
The week culminates in the Dancing & Music Competitions which will be held in the Sacred Heart School, Tullamore. Everyone is welcome to come and see the best up and coming and more established traditional Irish musicians/dancers in Offaly performing.
There will also be fiddle, accordion and banjo stands at the venue.
The Offaly County Fleadh is one of the largest events of its kind in Ireland with over 800 competition entries last year.
WHAT'S ON AT FLEADH CHEOIL UÍBH FHAILÍ 2016:
TUES 26th April: Official Press Launch. Tullamore Court Hotel.9.30pm. Music, Song & Dance to launch Fleadh Cheoil Uíbh Fhailí 2016.
SUN 1st May: Junior & Senior Session. Esker Golf Club, Rahan. 6pm. Music, Song and Dance with the Rahan Branch.
MON 2nd May: Music Session. The Blueball. 9.30pm. Traditional session of music and song with Mick Lynam & Friends.
MON 2nd May: Singing Circle:The Thatch, Crinkle.9.30pm. Old style singing session
TUES 3rd May: Oiche Airneáin. The Townhouse, High Street,
Tullamore. 8.30pm. Poetry reading, singing, music & historical reminiscing on Tullamore’s part in 1916 with Killeigh Comhaltas & Special Guests.
WED 4th May: Comóradh an Céad. County Library, Tullamore. 7.30pm. Traditional entertainment with presentations of the Proclamation.
WED 4th May: The Copper Pot Session. The Copper Pot, High St. Tullamore. 9.30pm. Great weekly trad session.
WED 4th May: Slieve Bloom Session of Music & Song. Bergin’s Pub, Killyon. 10pm. An excellent musical evening with the Kinsellas and friends.
THURS 5th May: Centenary Concert. Tullamore Rugby Club. 8pm. Concert commemorating the 1916 Rising and its leaders & Video from 1966.
FRI 6th May: Dancing Competitions. Sacred Heart School, Tullamore. 6pm. Including the Official opening of Fleadh Cheoil Uíbh Fhailí 2016
SAT 7th May: Competitions continue. Sacred Heart School, Tullamore. 11am.
SAT 7th May: Fleadh Mass. Church of the Assumption,Tullamore. 6.30pm
SAT 7th May: Fleadh Céilí. Tullamore GAA Centre. 9pm. Big Céilí with "Rise the Dust". Round the house and mind the dresser!
SAT 7th May: Fleadh Sessions. Eugene Kelly's Bar. Bridge House Hotel. 9.30pm. Come along and enjoy great music and more.
SUN 8th May: Competitions. Sacred Heart School, Tullamore. 10am. Culminating in the Senior Céilí Band Competition & Presentation of trophies.
SUN 8th May: Afternoon Céilí. Tullamore GAA Centre. 3pm. Music by Davy Joe Fallon and Carousel. What a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?