Fleadh returns home to Elphin over Easter Weekend

County Fleadh takes place over Easter Weekend

One could say that Elphin town is the home of the Fleadh in County Roscommon. Elphin is no stranger to hosting county Fleadhanna – its design alone is suitable for visitors to walk the street and to survey the music in the local pubs.

Elphin has hosted approximately eight Fleadhanna over the last 15 years. The local Comhaltas Ceoltoiri na hÉireann branch was revived in 1997 and guided by local man John Gildea. Since 2008 the Fleadh has returned numerous times to the town, bringing musicians from the local areas and visitors from further afield to the festival.

This year will be no different. The Fleadh committee predicts a vibrant festival of music, song, dance and celebration of our native language.

Good Friday

Festivities will commence on Good Friday at 6 pm in the Four Provinces (The 4Ps), Rathallen, with a Youth session led by the branch tutors. This will be an opportunity for the county’s youth to enjoy an evening of music and song while being guided by All-Ireland winning tutors.

The Session will be followed by a Set Ceili with music by this year’s All-Ireland winning Ceili Band from County Mayo, The Pipers Cross Ceili band. The band brings an electric vibrancy to their music and their rhythm will have you on the floor for the night. Admission €12 with refreshments on the night.

The Elphin Comhaltas branch is delighted to spread the Fleadh festivities throughout the community this year. Using this approach going forward, other traditional events can be held when they revive the Dr John Stafford traditional festival in 2025, an event which was a tremendous success before Covid.

Easter Saturday

Saturday, 30th of March will be an educational day for young people of County Roscommon and surrounding areas.

The members of The Pipers Cross Ceili Band will hand on the tradition on various instruments in Elphin Community College, starting at 10.30 am. Instruments catered for will be button accordion, fiddle, tin whistle, flute, and harp.

This will be a wonderful day for everyone involved, running from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and followed by a singing workshop at 2 pm. The singer is the renowned Leitrim artist Fionnuala Maxwell.

Fionnuala will be joined by Seamus Brogan at 4 pm in the Central Bar for a youth singing session and a talk by Declan Coyne from the South Roscommon Singers Circle at 5.30 pm. Young and old alike are welcome to the Central Bar for a singing session from 6.30 pm.

Saturday night will see an array of music in all public houses in Elphin with local and visiting musicians in attendance.

Elphin will be alive with music and song from early on Saturday evening.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 31st of March will be a busy day for our dancing community. All dancing competitions will be held in An Bothar Rua, starting at 2 pm. Elphin will be host to numerous music sessions once again on Easter Sunday afternoon and night.

Easter Monday

Easter Monday (April 1st) will be the busiest day of all. Fleadh competitions will be held in Elphin Community College, commencing at 10 am. Competitors from under ten years of age to senior will compete to qualify for the Connacht Fleadh in Strokestown this July and hopefully make their way to the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Wexford town in August.

On Monday evening at 5 pm we are having the ‘Roscommon gathering’ of all Comhaltas branches and musicians of Roscommon in An Bothar Rua.

This event it is hoped will bring members from all seven branches in the county together for a Seisiún Mór of music, song, and dance. All musicians, singers and dancers are welcome.

Committee’s thank you

The Fleadh committee would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors and to our local publicans for their support in hosting this wonderful event.

Now that the Covid years are behind us we know that Elphin will be home to many more festivals.

 

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