Granard to host County Fleadh this weekend

Granard to host County Fleadh this weekend
By Aoife Carberry

The Co Longford Fleadh Cheoil is set to take place this weekend, hosted by the John Dungan branch CCÉ in Granard.

Events will kick off on Friday night, May 6, at 8pm, when musical drama ‘The Hill of the Sun’, which is influenced by 1916, will take to the stage at Granard Community Hall.

A céilí house-style production, the drama will be recorded by the local Out-take Media.

This night will also form the official launch of the 2016 County Fleadh and will feature the presentation of the proclamation.

Admission to this event costs €10 per adult and €5 per child, with a raffle to take place on the night.

The highly-anticipated Mini Fleadh gets underway on Saturday, May 7, with U8 and U10 competitions in all instruments, singing and dancing taking place in Ardscoil Phádraig from 1.30pm.

At 5pm, the opening of the main competitions will be held, with plenty of music, song, dance and craic. Spectators will get the opportunity to enjoy music from talented buskers on the streets of Granard, while local pubs will host sessions.

On Sunday, May 8 from 1pm, competitions get underway once more, with all solo instruments, duets, trios, singing and comhrá competitions for U12, 12-15, 15-18 and O18 taking place in Ardscoil Phádraig.

A special booklet, created just for the occasion and featuring valuable information on Granard’s musical connections, will be available throughout the weekend.

Excited to get the weekend started, a spokesperson for the committee wished all competitors the very best of luck in this year’s competitions.

“We remind you that all our Judges qualified after completing a course with Comhaltas in their headquarters and they are there to encourage each competitor, some have different tastes in tunes from different areas of the country,” they said.

“If you don't win this time please don't lose heart. It's all about our tradition and culture and your gift in music, song and dance.”

The spokesperson also paid tribute to the music tutors who have helped prepare competitors for the Fleadh, particularly Pauline Flood who, they pointed out, “does excellent work with the under 10 age group”.