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
Slide and Polka Workshop
Niamh Ní Charra will tutor this years Slide and Polka workshop
Get Your Act Together
Entries are now being invited from groups for this year's Fleadh Street Entertainment competition
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. Other fundraising activities are also underway beginning with younger musicians who participated in hunting the wren on St. Stephens’s day as well as running a fundraising session at the Inn at Dromoland. An Easter draw took place last week. A fun bingo session takes place on Sunday afternoon April 15th in Cois na hAbhna.
There is a gala concert titled Ceol an Chlair scheduled for Saturday April 21st in Cois na hAbhna. The concert will host some of Co. Clare’s best known music teachers including Tim Collins, Denis Liddy, Mary Liddy, Mary McNamara, Brid Donoghue, Damien O’Reilly, Padraic O’Reilly and Garry Shannon. Ironically these individuals annually compete against each other in the Ceili Bands and Grupai Cheoil category but are coming together in a spirit of détente to raise funds for the Fleadh.
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.