“When you have the Fleadh Cheoil here there isn’t any doubt that underpinning that will be a sense of community. There will also be a sense of pride, and a sense of friendship and cooperation. To my way of thinking, you cannot buy those attributes and we should treasure them because they are very much part of the Irish character,” Director General of Comhaltas Ceoiltóirí Éireann, Dr. Labhras Ó Murchú spoke passionately about the importance of Irish culture at the recent launch of Fleadh Cheoil Ros Comáin in Castlecoote Lodge.
This Easter Sunday and Monday will see the County Fleadh held in Castlecoote-Fuerty, under the auspices of Athleague branch CCE, for the second year running and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon CCE, Tom Shine, said the rural venue proved a big hit last year.
“Last year when it was decided to give the Fleadh to Castlecoote a lot of people said ‘Ah it’s a very small area, we wouldn’t be able to do anything with that’. You proved everybody wrong and we had a fantastic Fleadh here”.
Fleadh Cheoil Ros Comáin PRO, Senator Terry Leyden, said it was an honour to welcome CCE Director General, Labhras Ó Murchú to officially launch the County Fleadh.
“We’re very honoured to have Dr. Labhras Ó Murchú here tonight with his wife Una”.
Dr. Ó Murchú also presented this year’s Gradam Ceoil Ros Comáin on behalf of Co. Roscommon Comhaltas Ceoiltóirí to Roscommon CCE PRO, Peter Savage, on the night.
Also in attendance on the night were public representatives and members of Roscommon County Council including Deputy Eugene Murphy, Cllrs. Kathleen Shanagher, Paddy Kilduff and John Keogh, County Council CEO Eugene Cummins and Canon Eugene McLoughlin.
Chairman of Athleague branch CCE, Tom Daly, said it was “a great occasion” to welcome Dr. Ó Murchú and his wife and thanked the local committee for their ongoing work.
With one successful County Fleadh under their belts, the committee in Castlecoote-Fuerty will be hoping to once again rise to the challenge of hosting another successful event this Easter weekend.