Fleadh File 3 - Busking For The Munster Fleadh

June 2012

This week I caught up with some members of the very efficient Gaeilge sub-committee. The Fleadh committee had been anxious to acknowledge the special place that our native language has in and around the Déise. Olive and Áine from our Gaeilge sub-committee (a first for Fleadh na Mumhan!) took the job in hand and have provided plenty of opportunities for walking, talking, singing and even praying as gaeilge during the Fleadh! 

Seán de Shiún local guide, story-teller and historian will lead bilingual town walks around Dungarvan on Fleadh Thursday (19th) and Saturday (21st).The siulóid will finish at the Moorings and Merry's respectively - just in time for the Ciorcal Comhrá where anyone who is free or passing by is welcome to come and have a coffee, a chat and cúpla focal with us. (By the way, there's also an earlier ciorcal comhrá in Robbie's Kitchen on Fleadh Tuesday).
 
As mentioned last week, the children from local primary schools have designed wonderful posters illustrating our sean-fhocal as part of our Fleadh Comórtas Ealaíne. The schoolchildren have also been involved in another project which we believe will be one of the highlights of the early part of Fleadh week. At 2pm on Fleadh Monday (16th) in the Park Hotel, children from several local primary schools will come together to form a large choir. The School Groups Song Recital will feature several of the old Déise traditional Irish songs and promises to be a very special and unique event.
 
Many more of the traditional Irish songs will undoubtedly be heard at Club Amhránaíochta na Conneries on Fleadh Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Summer School classes also include ranganna amhráin, and if all this isn't enough, Ionad na Gaeilge will be open during the Fleadh Weekend for more chat and caint agus cluichí as gaeilge.
 
Finally, the 6.15pm Mass in the Friary on Saturday will be an Aifreann Traidisiúnta, as will Sunday morning's 10am Mass in St Mary's Parish Church.
 
Busking For The Munster Fleadh
Members of hosting branch Comeraghs Comhaltas will be out and about in Dungarvan on next Saturday afternoon (30th), busking to raise funds for the Fleadh. The costs involved in hosting the 8-day festival and summer school are significant, and we are very grateful to all our Sponsors and supporters who have given generously to date. However, this effort on Saturday is being specially made by the younger members of the branch, who are very anxious to do their bit to help out. It will be our last fund-raiser, and may also be your last chance to help us financially.
 
The reaction to our first summer school has been phenomenal, and we would hope to make it an annual event. The potential for the town is very promising when you consider the success of other summer schools and the resulting festival events which have grown around them in other parts of the country.
 
Fleadh Concert Tickets:
A reminder that tickets are available for the North Cregg, Raw Bar Collective, Danú and Caladh Nua concerts from the following outlets:
  • Dungarvan Tourist Office
  • Ben O'Neill's music shop, O'Connell Street
  • The Wine Buff on Grattan Square

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.

Contact Details

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