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
Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan INIS 2018 is expected to be the biggest Munster Fleadh yet.
Next July’s Munster Fleadh is coming to town on the back of two very successful All-Ireland Fleadhanna which have copper-fastened the reputation of Ennis as the Mecca of Irish traditional music.
The Munster Fleadh committee believes that there will be an unusually high turnout of Fleadh attendees for Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan 2018 and they are well under way with plans to recreate the 2016 and 2017 All-reland atmosphere on the streets of our capital town during the week of the 15th to the 23rd of July next. They expect to welcome more than 50,000 visitors from Clare, Munster, Ireland and beyond, for a nine day festival of music, dancing and singing. Preparations are well under way for a programme of events that will include pub sessions, concerts, workshops, street entertainment competitions, céilís and a gig rig in the Abbey Street Car Park. Fleadh TV will again be on hand to broadcast live on TG4 from the streets of Ennis on Sunday evening July 23rd.
The Munster Fleadh is the largest of the provincial Fleadhanna and is second only to the All-Ireland. The competition element of the Fleadh is a big undertaking with almost as many competitions as the All-Ireland over the weekend of Friday the 20th to Sunday the 22nd of July. An estimated 4000 competitors will compete with up to 1600 entries in 190 competitions.
Hotels and guesthouses in the town and surrounding area are expected to be booked out, particularly over the second weekend. While many of the competitors and attendees might be within an hour’s drive of Ennis, a large cohort from Waterford, Cork and Kerry and outside Munster will elect to overnight either in Ennis or in neighbouring towns and villages. The organizing committee has already booked in excess of 150 bed nights to accommodate officials, tutors and adjudicators.
The local daily attendances in the town during the All-Ireland Fleadh were considerable and a reflection of the interest in traditional music amongst Clare locals. The committee anticipates a similarly large attendance from Clare and the surrounding area at the concerts, and street sessions during the week.
The budget for the fleadh is in the region of €120,000. Fundraising activities are well underway and local businesses are being invited to sponsor particular events or take out advertising in the Fleadh souvenir programme.
It is 44 years since the town Ennis hosted a Munster Fleadh and the Fleadh Committee intend to put together a Fleadh that will be talked about for the next 44.
This year for the first time, Fleadh TV will be broadcasting live from the four provincial Fleadhanna around Ireland in the lead up to Fleadh na hÉireann in Drogheda. We are delighted that Fleadh TV will be broadcasting live from Ennis on Sunday, July 22nd at 8.30pm bringing Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan live around Ireland on TG4. The Fleadh TV studio will be located on Lower Market Street.
Along with usual mix of live performances and interviews, some of the competition winners from the weekend will also be featured.
Fleadh Chairman Joe Arkins and Fleadh Secretary Micheal O Riabhaigh discussing the upcoming Fleadh na Mumhan in Ennis on Clare FM
A great crowd of musicians gathered at the O'Connell Monument on Tuesday last for the Launch of Fleadh na Mumhan. This iconic location was the epicentre of the street sessions Ceol and Craic during the two recent All Ireland Fleadhanna. The town is on track to re-create the carnival atmosphere that prevailed during the week of the All-Ireland Fleadh 2016 and 2017 with street sessions, pub sessions, Gig Rig, Concerts, workshops and competitions.
Ennis has been awarded the status of Irelands Friendliest Town. It is also renowned for its trad scene and regarded as the Trad Session Capital of Ireland. We anticipate a big carry-over from the All-Ireland Fleadhanna which attracted record crowds to the town. Hotels and guesthouses are fully booked up with reports of visitors returning from as far away as Japan.