JULY 15th-22nd 2018
Will you sit back awhile
'til I sing you a song
T'is not very short
or it's not very long;
It's about the Fleadh Cheoil
down in Ennis you see
So to me will you pay
Munster Fleadh Concerts
Featuring concerts with the Kilfenora Céilí Band, Téada, Clare Trad Youth Orchestra and Ceol na mBan
Sean-nós Dancing Workshop
Robert Kelly will tutor the Fleadh Sean-Nós dancing workshop
Get Your Act Together
Entries are now being invited from groups for this year's Fleadh Street Entertainment competition
Fleadh na Mumhan is the largest provincial Fleadh in Ireland run under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music, song and dance and all aspects of Irish culture, affording the language special status. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, we’ve been promoting Irish music since 1951.
The Comhaltas vision for our Irish cultural traditions is central to the continued work of the movement, a vision as follows: “The Irish cultural traditions should be an enriching part of the lives of Irish people everywhere, particularly our young people; they should be a living, highly visible and vibrant part of society; they should be easily accessible to all; and their unique social, cultural and economic benefits should be fully realised by communities and individuals throughout the country and in Irish communities abroad”.
The local unit (the branch) is the foundation stone of the organisation. The work of the branch is to promote our traditional music, song and dance through regular classes, informal sessions and more formal events such as concerts, etc. Such work creates a climate and awareness within the community which is conducive to the well being of our native cultural identity.
Because we’re so many different things to different people, it can be hard to keep track of the true scope of our activities! You might have been involved with a Comhaltas event and not even known it.
If you’re a student of Irish music, you might know about the music, dance and language classes that we teach through our network of branches. If you’re interested in learning the music, you might want to find which one of our 1,000 weekly classes is closest to you.
For musicians who like to play socially, you might be interested in finding a local Comhaltas music session. And if you’re not sure, how about just going along to listen?
Audiences around the world have seen our touring groups bringing Irish music, dance and storytelling on annual tours.
We also run the definitive system of competitions for Irish music, called the “Fleadh Cheoil” (literally “feast of music”). Musicians compete in a series of qualifying rounds, culminating in the annual All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, this year in Drogheda
We’ve collected an archive of thousands of hours of Irish music recordings, a large print library and a growing collection of videos. You can get a sample of some of this material by visiting www.comhaltasarchive.ie
We’re an international movement with our headquarters in Dublin, Cultúrlann na hÉireann. We also have a number of Regional Resource Centres based at Cois na hAbhna in Ennis and Brú Boru in Cashel where you would be more than welcome to stop by for a visit, or to visit a local Comhaltas branch close to where you live. A definitive list can be found at http://comhaltas.ie/locations/