Ballymahon prepares for Leinster Fleadh 2017

Ballymahon prepares for Leinster Fleadh 2017

 A public meeting is set to take place in Ballymahon next Tuesday, November 29, to discuss the draft plan of events for the 2017 Leinster Fleadh. 

Longford County Board Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) will host the Leinster Fleadh in Ballymahon from July 10 to 16, 2017. 

 “This is a fantastic opportunity for Longford to welcome approximately 3,500 competitors and their families who will visit the county over the three days of the competitions comprising of musical instrument, singing in Irish and English, Lilting, Céilí Dancing, Set Dancing, Sean Nós Dancing, Marching Bands and Cómhrá Gaeilge,” said a spokesperson for Longford County Board CCÉ. 

Representatives of all twelve Leinster Counties will take part during that weekend and the County Board  is calling on everyone in the county to support this worthwhile event.

“Given the strong tradition of Comhaltas across the branches in County Longford, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase all the local talent and lifetime commitment to promoting Irish music and culture with families, communities, schools and clubs/ branches,” the spokesperson continued.

On Tuesday next, November 29, an exciting public meeting will take place in Ballymahon Library at 8pm, where the draft plan of events for the Leinster Fleadh will be discussed at length. 

“Everyone is invited to attend this meeting, whether you are a member of Comhaltas or not,” confirmed the spokesperson. 

“It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of the celebration of music and culture in Ballymahon next summer.  

“There are numerous opportunities for volunteers to get involved from social media promotion, accommodation listings, fundraising, event co-ordination and stewarding, while enjoying all the talent and craic at the Fleadh. 

“It will be a great opportunity for people to get involved in a lively, enjoyable and engaging week of events and activities as a volunteer.”

A valuable event for the county, the CCÉ emphasised that it was important for all towns to be involved in providing accommodation, recreational activities, tours and services for the duration of the festival.

“Local retail trade will benefit given the close proximity of towns to each other and the number of people attending the Fleadh,” the spokesperson added.

“Many of County Longford’s clubs and committees take great pride in local events - as seen with all the 1916 celebrations of culture and history. 

“We are asking that people would make an extra special effort to work together to promote the county and make the Leinster Fleadh Ballymahon 2017 a week to remember.”

For more details, please contact Patricia Masterson, Chairperson of Longford County Board CCÉ at longfordcomhaltas@gmail.com