Ballymahon is set to come alive to the sound of hundreds of traditional musicians, singers and dancers this July, when it plays host to the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil, one of the biggest events on traditional Irish music calendar.
On Wednesday evening, April 12, Leinster Fleadh Chairperson, Patricia Masterson welcomed a packed council chamber to the launch of the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil, 2017 and detailed the programme of events for the Fleadh, which will take place over the week of July 9 to 16.
Ms Masterson thanked the Longford County Council for their generous contribution towards the Fleadh and recognising the value it has for promoting Ballymahon and the whole of County Longford.
She also thanked the Ballymahon traders, tidy towns and community groups for their warm welcome and the great work they are doing fundraising and sponsoring events that week.
Ms Attracta Brady, Cathaoirleach, Comhairle Laighean said that the Fleadh would give Ballymahon and the surrounding areas an opportunity to showcase the natural beauty and tourist facilities on offer in this often forgotten part of the midlands.
She said the many thousands of people expected to travel to Ballymahon in July would get a taste of Longford’s rich musical heritage, and she thanked the local community for all their help and support.
The Fleadh will kick off with a céilí in the Longford Arms Hotel on Sunday, July 9, and will continue throughout that week with a full programme of events in Ballymahon and the surrounding areas. Events include workshops on all the main traditional instruments, pub sessions, street entertainment, céilís and family workshops in nature, heritage and art.
The event will culminate in two days of competitions on Saturday and Sunday July 15 and 16 when hundreds of musicians and singers will compete to represent Leinster in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil which will be held in Ennis in August.
The Leinster Fleadh will be one of the biggest traditional music events to take place in the county since the last Leinster Fleadh which was held in Longford town in 2005. The All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil was held in Longford in 1958.
More information is available on www.leinsterfleadh.ie or email: longfordcomhaltas @gmail.com