JULY 18th-23rd 2017
Fleadh Parking and Venue Info
Fleadh Gig-Rig Line-up is announced
Competition Timetables available on our competitions page
SAT, JULY 22ND
10am Competitions for Under 12 and 12/15
(Cork School of Music, Cork College of Commerce)
10am Grupaí Cheoil/Céilí Band Competitions
(Cork City Hall)
10am Set Dancing Competitions (Everyman Palace)
3pm Street Entertainment
(Grand Parade Gig Rig)
9pm Singers Club with Máire Ní Chéileachair
(An Spailpín Fanach)
9pm Fleadh Céilí with the Shandrum Céilí Band
(St Finbarr's GAA Hall)
9pm Pub Session Trail
CORK CITY SET TO HOST FIRST FLEADH IN THE CITY
Between the 18th and 23rd July next the Munster Fleadh Cheoil will be held Cork City the first time ever. Traditionally held in the county towns of Munster such as Listowel, Killarney, Nenagh and Dungarvan, this will be the Munster Fleadh’s first outing in an major urban setting. No major Comhaltas event had been held in a city until the All Ireland Fleadh in 2013, which was hosted in Derry. The move away from the intimacy of smaller venues took a considerable leap of faith on the part of the governing Body of Comhaltas. Nevertheless, the experiment was a resounding success and the Munster Council, in choosing Cork city to hold this year’s Munster Fleadh, have shown similar foresight and vision.
So what exactly is a Fleadh, and why should we be excited about its coming to Leeside?
Fleadhanna have three main elements - the three Cs - Competition, Concerts and Craic.
CORK SET FOR OVER 15000 VISITORS TO FLEADH
MORE than 15,000 visitors are expected in Cork city this summer for the Munster Fleadh Cheoil.
Following a successful bid by Douglas Comhaltas Eireann, Cork City will be hosting the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in July. This will be the first occasion in which the traditional Irish music competition is staged in the city centre. Cork City is also bidding to bring the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in 2018.
A lengthy programme of events is being planned for the Munster Fleadh which will run from July 17 to July 23. Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted that in recent years Cork City Council has championed the city as a venue for traditional music. "Cork City Council is actively engaged with Douglas Comhaltas in the development of their business plan around the event and the finalisation of a programme of events. Great credit is due to those who bid and won this event. The hosting of this event represents an important exercise of learning for the stake-holders that are key to the running of a Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann event."
"The awarding of the Munster Fleadh to Cork represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase traditional Irish music, song, and dance in Cork, enhancing the cultural experience for the people of Cork and its many visitors. It is going to be a great week".
FROM THE SOUTHERN STAR - JULY 13TH
MAIRTÍN FLYING IN FOR SPECIAL FLEADH CONCERT
Well known Carrigaline entertainer Máirtín de Cógáin is flying in next week from San Diego, California for the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in Cork City. He will be performing in the Fleadh opening concert on next Tuesday July 18th in the beautiful Curtis Theatre in CIT Cork School of Music at 8.00pm where he will be joined by Cork legends Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly and Jimmy Crowley. Tickets priced at €15 will be available at the door on the night