Connacht Fleadh 2012

Date
2 July 2012–8 July 2012
Time
8:00 PM
Location
Ireland - Connacht
Town
Ballinasloe
County
Co. Galway
Country
Ireland
Contact
Phil Whyte
Phone
+353 (0) 90 9645281
Email
Connacht Fleadh 2012

The 2012 Connacht Provincial Fleadh will be held in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway from Monday July 2nd to Sunday July 8th. In addition to competitions in traditional music, song and dance to decide the Provincial champions, the event also includes live music and sessions in the pubs over the weekend and open-air street entertainment in the Town.

Fleadh Cheoil Chonnacht Launched

Ballinasloe in East Galway is the venue for Fleadh Cheoil Chonnacht 2012 and preparations are well advanced for the staging of the Fleadh on the 7th & 8th July; the Fleadh will be preceeded by a week long series of events starting on Monday 2nd July. East Galway has long been regarded as a mecca of traditional Irish music and song and has produced some of the most famous exponents of the genre. It is five years since Galway last hosted a provincial Fleadh and this year’s event promises something for everyone. Full details of the Fleadh programme were announced at a Press Reception in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe on Wednesday night last, 20th June. Fleadh 2012 was launched by local T.D. Mr Paul Connaughton. Following the celebration of its 60th birthday last year Comhaltas and the Provincial Fleadh assume a role of increasing importance in the economic and cultural life of this country. Hosting a provincial Fleadh is now a major event in the calendar of the host town. Comhaltas has grown enormously since Ballinasloe last hosted Fleadh Chonnacht. Trojan work has been done this past while by a very active local committee to ensure that this year’s event runs smoothly. Indications at this time suggest that Fleadh Chonnacht 2012 will be one of the best and biggest ever seen in Connacht. Activities get under way on Monday 2nd July at 9.00pm. The local C.C.É. branch are hosting a night of video entertainment in the Emerald Bar highlighting their achievements in the 80’s and 90’s. Tuesday night features a multicultural evening in the Dunlo Bar from 8.30pm. The Supper Room in the Emerald Bar is the venue for a Céilí Workshop on Wednesday 3rd from 11.00am - 3.30pm; this promises to attract a huge crowd. Wednesday night there will be a Seisiún in An Táin from 9.30pm. The Céilí Workshop continues on Thursday 4th, at the same venue, 11.00am - 3.30pm and will also feature a Sean-nós Workshop. Thursday night is also Singing Night with the Singing Circle in the Dunlo Tavern from 9.30pm. Friday 6th sees the Official Opening of Fleadh Chonnacht 2012 in Gullane’s Hotel @ 8.00pm, this will be followed by a Gala Concert and a Seisiún in the Emerald Bar.
The Sean-nós Workshop will also continue on the Friday night. Saturday 7th July is the start of the Fleadh proper, as is usual with Fleadh Chonnacht it is an action packed day from early morning to the late hours, with Competitions starting at 10.00am . The afternoon sees live music on the Gig Rig in the Square; the Fleadh Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael’s Church at 7.00pm. Saturday night is also Céilí night, venue Hayden’s Hotel, music by ‘Rise the Dust Céilí Band’, starting at 10.00pm. Sessions throughout the town on Saturday night. Fleadh Competitions resume at 10.00am, Sunday morning, in the afternoon there will be Live Entertainment on the Gig Rig in the Square, Sessions throughout the town on Sunday night. This is a weekend not to be missed, you don’t have to be a competitor to come along and enjoy it. Béidh fáilte roimh chách. Tuilleadh Eolais Michael Cusack 087 4114749 / Phil Whyte 0909645281 / Máirtín G. Ó Maicín 087 6795297

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