Munster Fleadh Cheoil Officially Launched!

June 2012

The 52nd Munster Fleadh Cheoil was officially launched by RTÉ's Kieran Hanrahan on Wednesday night last in the Clonea Strand Hotel, Dungarvan.

The Fleadh, the largest of the Provincial Fleadhanna, will take place in Dungarvan between the 15th and 22nd July, and will be hosted by the local Comeraghs Comhaltas branch.
 
The 2012 Fleadh mascot - a happily grinning Bodhrán, affectionately known as the "Fleadh Blaa" greeted guests at the door while musicians and dancers from Comeraghs Comhaltas entertained the assembled group - many of whom represented the worlds of local business, politics and the arts.
 
Unveiling the festival programme, Fleadh Chairman Micheál Marrinan paid tribute to the generosity of the Fleadh Sponsors and thanked them most sincerely for their support and belief in the event. The assistance received from Waterford Local Authorities and the Comhaltas Munster Council was also gratefully acknowledged, along with the tremendous hard work and commitment demonstrated by the Comeraghs Fleadh Committee and the many Volunteers in the community.
 
Alongside the many concerts, céilithe, sessions, singing club events and gig rig entertainment, the Fleadh Committee have added several unique elements to the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in 2012.
 
The South East's first traditional music Summer School will be launched in the early part of the week, while the playing of the Mouth Organ will be given special attention with a one-day workshop by world-renowned exponents, John and Pip Murphy from Wexford.
 
In an ambitious School's Song Project, several of the local schools will join together to form a substantial choir and will perform a repertoire of traditional Déise songs in a special concert on Fleadh Cheoil Monday (16th).
 
In a surprise announcement, Mr Marrinan also revealed that the Australian Ambassador to Ireland will travel to Dungarvan during the Fleadh Cheoil to officially open the Conneries Memorial Garden. This Garden commemorates the Connery Brothers of Bohadoon who were transported to New South Wales in 1838. Contemporary songs telling the story of the Connerys are still in existence, and the slow air is played regularly all over the country.
 
In a warm and good-humoured speech, RTÉ Presenter Kieran Hanrahan complimented the Fleadh committee on their comprehensive programme of events, and expressed delight that what was once a weekend event of competition has in 2012, grown into an 8-day festival and celebration of our national culture.
 
For more details about the Munster Fleadh Cheoil see www.munsterfleadh.ie or follow us on Facebook - Munster Fleadh Dungarvan
 
We particularly acknowledge the generosity of our 14 main Sponsors:
 
Bulmers, Bus Eireann, Chapter 10 Credit Unions, Dungarvan Shopping Centre, Eason Dungarvan, Genoa's Traditional Take Away Dungarvan, Genzyme, Great National Gold Coast & Clonea Strand Hotels, GSK, Lawlor's Hotel Dungarvan, McCarthy Insurance Group, the Park Hotel Dungarvan, TOS AT & IT Integration Dungarvan, Waterford County Local Authorities

About Us

Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of traditional Irish culture. The group's particular emphasis is education of the young generation. We are based in the townsland of Cúl na Smear in the smallest parish in Waterford about 6 miles North-East of Dungarvan.

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