Excitement building in Strokestown for Connacht Fleadh

Pictured at the launch of the Connacht Fleadh at the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown last Sunday were (back row, l-r) Catherine Hanley, Margaret Hanley, Catherine Conway, Laura Conway and Martina Murray and some of the newly-elected councillors from the Boyle LEA (front row, l-r) Cllr Sean Moylan, Cllr Leah Cull, Cllr Micheál Freyne and Cllr Liam Callaghan. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

There is huge excitement in Strokestown this week as Strokestown CCÉ prepares to host the Fleadh Cheoil Connachta 2024. The first of the Provincial Fleadhs kicks off on the 29th of June and the event will continue through until July 7th.

The Fleadh Cheoil Connachta and Community Fleadh was launched in Strokestown on Sunday last by Attracta Brady, the new Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann President. The launch took place in the Percy French Hotel.

Representatives from Roscommon County Council – including newly-elected councillors – joined local organisations, sponsors, members of the public, and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann representatives from all over Connacht at the launch.

Catherine Hanly, vice-chairperson of the Connacht Fleadh Committee, expressed heartfelt gratitude towards all the sponsors, the local community who have helped immensely with the community fleadh, and local publicans and other businesses who have come on board to provide venues and support for musicians. Their support and generosity has been of  great assistance in preparing for the festivities.

Ms Hanly emphasised that without their financial contributions, organising such an event would be impossible. She also extended a special thanks to Roscommon County Council for their generous donation, which played a crucial role in making the event a reality.

Michael Cusack, Chairperson of the Connacht Board, added, “I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Strokestown for organising such a wonderful programme of events for the Connacht Fleadh 2024. The dedication and effort put into this festival is truly commendable”.

Attracta Brady, recently elected as President of Comaltas Ceoilóirí Eireann, launched the Connacht Fleadh Strokestown 2024 by saying, “It is evident that a tremendous amount of work has gone into planning and executing this celebration of our music, dance, and traditions. Events like these are more than just celebrations; they are vital in keeping our traditions alive and thriving”.

Attracta also spoke of the many times she has visited this locality as an adjudicator over the years and said she looks forward to the many wonderful experiences the Connacht Fleadh 2024 has in store.

The first of the Provincial Fleadhs kicks off on the 29th of June and will run through until July 7th. This event serves as the next level for qualifying for the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Wexford town, which takes place from the 4th to the 9th of August 2024. Musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers from across the five counties will compete over the weekend for a chance to represent Connacht in August.

An exciting clár (programme) of events has been organised, starting with the local parkrun, which takes place on the 29th of June on the grounds of Strokestown Park House. The various sports events throughout the week include a ladies 7-a-side Gaelic football tournament, golfing tournament, bowling competition and Kiltrustan sports day. Additionally, the week-long event will feature collaboration with the Brothers of Charity and their radio station ‘Our Voice FM’, Cupán Cainte, a wellness evening, and music and singing sessions throughout the week.

The highly anticipated weekend will feature even more events, including a double bill concert with Gatehouse and Téada with Niamh Farrell, ceilí with The Swallows Tail Ceilí Band, and competitions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

For full details, visit connachtfleadh.ie and follow the event on Instagram (@connachtfleadh, @strokestowncce) and Facebook (Connacht Fleadh 2024, Strokestown CCÉ).