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 Programme on sale from:
- Custys Music Shop
- The Health Connection,
- Liddy’s Eurospar,
- Cois na hAbhna,
- Brú Ború, Cashel,
Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan INIS 2019 is expected to be the biggest Munster Fleadh yet.
The 2019 Munster Fleadh is returning to town on the back of a hugely successful 2018 Munster Fleadh in Ennis along with the 2016 and 2017 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 2019 and they are well under way with plans to recreate the 2016 and 2017 All-Ireland Fleadh atmosphere on the streets of our capital town during the week of the 14th to the 22rd 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.
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 19th to Sunday the 21st 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.