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County Manager Launches Fleadh Cheoil Chonnacht

The Manager of Sligo County Council, Mr Ciarán Hayes, gave a resounding boost to Fleadh Cheoil Chonnacht 2015 when he launched the event in The Corner House, Ballymote on Monday night last.

Ballymote is no stranger to hosting the Provincial Fleadh and the flagship event returns to the South Sligo town after a lapse of four years. Mr Hayes was there to lend his support. Preparations are now nearing completion for what promises to be one of the best Connacht Fleadhs ever. The Fleadh proper takes place on the 4th and 5th July and  will be preceeded by a week long series of events. Ballymote has always been a fertile ground for Traditional Music, Song and Dance and it has produced some fine young musicians in recent times. The Ballymote Fleadh, and the week long series of events  proceeding it, promises something for everyone.

 Full details of the Fleadh programme were announced at the launch in the Corner House in Ballymote. Over the past few years the Provincial Fleadh has assumed a role of increasing importance in the economic and cultural life of the province. Hosting a provincial Fleadh is now a major event in the calendar of the host town and this is particularly true this year, as both the Provincial Fleadh and the All-Ireland Fleadh are in County Sligo. A local committee, under the Chairmanship of Pat McGrath, have done trojan work to ensure that this year’s event runs smoothly. No stone has been left unturned to ensure its success.

Activities get under way on Sat27th June with dancing competitions in Coláiste Mhuire commencing @ 10.00 a.m.

Dancing competitions will continue at the same venue on Sunday 28th June starting @ 10.00 a.m also.

On Monday night, 29th June, it’s an Oíche Ghaelach with a bilingual quiz in John Doddy’s @ 9.30p.m.

While Tuesday, 30th June hosts a Mol An Óige session in Ballymote Pastoral Centre @ 8.00 p.m.

Hayden’s is the venue for a night of Singing and Storytelling on Weds. 1st July, starting @ 9.30 p.m. Among the special guests on the night are Paddy Joe Tighe, Michael Nolan and Philip Doddy.  

A special viewing of the film, ‘The Three Masters’ will be shown in the Art Deco on Thurs, 2nd July @ 8.30 p.m. This film deals with the three acclaimed Sligo fiddle players Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran and James Morrisson. 

The Official Opening of Fleadh Cheoil Chonnacht 2015 will take place in the Arts Deco on Fri. 3rd July @ 8.30 p.m. with Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ard-Stiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann doing the honours. This will be followed by the Paddy Killoran Commemorative Concert.

Saturday 4th July sees the start of the Traditional Music, Singing and Labhairt na Gaeilge competitions. As is usual with Fleadh Chonnacht it is an action packed day from early morning to the late hours with competitions starting @10.00am.

Competitions take place in Coláiste Mhuire and Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál.

Aifreann na Fleidhe will be celebrated in the local Church @ 8.00 pm.

Hayden’s is the venue for a CD launch @ 8.30 p.m. ‘Ships are Sailing’ features Philip Doddy and Tara Finn. Saturday night is also Céilí night and The Coach House Hotel is the venue with The Swallow’s Tail Céilí Band providing the music. All the major hostelries in the town will feature live Trad Sessions.

Fleadh Competitions resume @ 10.00 a.m. on Sunday morning, 6th July in Coláiste Mhuire.  Fleadh Cheoil Chonnacht 2015 in Ballymote has something for everybody: sessions throughout the week in various venues, traditional archival displays, cd launch, dancing, céilí and much more.

Connacht Comhaltas fraternity, and indeed all Trad loving followers, can expect a huge welcome in Ballymote. The streets and halls of the town will echoe to the sound of the box and the bodhran, the fiddle and the flute. The beat of the bodhran will welcome friend and foe alike and the sound of music, song and dance will be heard circling from South Sligo  to the Ox Mountains. This is a week not to be missed and you don’t have to be a competitor to come along and enjoy it. Beidh fáilte roimh chách.

Ballymote Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann expect large crowds to come out to the various events. There is something there for everybody and the long week of festivities promises to be unforgettable. Mar sin bígí linn d’imeachtaí na seachtaine and bainigí taitneamh is sult as na h-imeachtaí go léir.


Further Information / Tuilleadh Eolais:

Tim Mulcahy                087 6296899

Mary O Grady              086 1678718

Máirtín G. Ó Maicín      087 6795297


The 2015 Dancing Competition Timetable is now available