Fleadh time in Offaly this year!
Published: 30th January 2013
Its Fleadh time in Offaly in 2013! Music and dance lovers are spoiled for choice this year in Offaly. Both the Offaly Fleadh Cheoil and the provincial Leinster Fleadh Cheoil are being hosted locally this year
Ballyboy Comhaltas under the leadership of Chairman Michael Buckley, have undertaken the task of running this year’s Offaly Fleadh in the town of Kilcormac which borders the picturesque village of Ballyboy. This is a small town located between Birr and Tullamore which has a proud tradition of hosting both county fleadhs and indeed leinster fleadhs in the past along with being home to some well renowned musicians, singers and dancers. The fleadh will take place on the weekend of the 10th to the 12th of May. Competitions will be located in various venues throughout the town and include Scoil Mhuire, The Kilcormac Development Association (KDA) Hall and the new GAA centre. A shuttle bus will be provided for those who need to travel between venues speedily. There will also be a gig-rig located in the square in Kilcormac. Here local musicians and dancers (and possibly some not so local!) will perform to entertain visitors. It promises to be a great weekend of craic and ceol! Bígí ann!
In addition to the Offaly Fleadh, the provincial fleadh – The Leinster Fleadh Cheoil – is being held in Edenderry and is being run by the local Edenderry CCÉ branch under the stewardship of Chairman Tom Bourke. Edenderry is located in north county Offaly close to the borders of Co. Kildare and Co. Meath. It is easily accessible as it is not far of the M4 motorway and is served by the 120 Bus Éireann route. Edenderry has become a real musical powerhouse in the local and provincial scene over the last number of years having hosted some of the most successful county fleadhs in recent times along with being home to some house hold musical names and some real up and coming stars. Having not rested on their laurels following the successful county fleadhs, Tom and his committee have gone from strength to strength and succeeded in landing the Leinster Fleadh for 2013 in Edenderry. They have a huge amount of preparation and planning completed already and have a great number of events planned. There is great emphasis on this year’s Leinster Fleadh as being a week long music festival. There are many concerts, gigs and performances taking place in the town in conjunction with all the competitions that the weekend will bring. This will really be an action packed week and will provide great entertainment for all ages which takes place in Edenderry from the 6th to the 14th of July. Bígí ann!
For more information on these great events look at the Offaly Comhlatas website on www.offalyfleadh.com or just give them a quick google!