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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Ennis
14 - 22 August 2016Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the most important event in the traditional music calendar. For many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion. For others it is a unique and welcoming festival of the best of traditional arts that offers a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all.
It is often said, as another Fleadh draws to a close, “This was the best Fleadh yet...!” And there is always some truth in that because each Fleadh builds on the success of its predecessors, adding the uniqueness of its own place and traditions to the experience gained by hardworking Fleadh Committees down through the years. In Clare we believe that the time has come for us to step forward and seek to emulate the achievements of other towns that have earned Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann the reputation that it has today.
Twice before, the All-Ireland Fleadh has been held in Ennis, in 1956 and 1977, and both were landmark events in the history of Irish traditional music. Now Ennis and Co. Clare will host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann once again and through a co-operative effort involving Comhaltas branches, local authorities, business people, sporting organisations and local volunteers, we will work hard to ensure that The Fleadh Down In Ennis 2016 is the best Fleadh ever!
Scoil Éigse 2016
CLASSES, CONCERTS, SESSIONS, DANCING, MUSIC SCHOOLS
14th – 19th August 2016
Scoil Éigse is the official summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann where Irish people and international students of all ages register for the various instrumental music, singing, dancing and Irish language classes. The school provides workshops, lectures and sessions during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. It is the flagship event in the Comhaltas Education programme. Scoil Éigse provides a broad-based cultural educational experience for students, their families, other visitors and the general public.
RTE’s Kieran Hanrahan, himself a tutor at Scoil Éigse for many years and from Ennis, is Director of Scoil Éigse.
Going green to protect the environment is a very important part of running Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The Green Fleadh will make it easy to reduce and segregate waste, minimise water and energy use, reduce carbon emissions and source goods and materials sustainably. It will help 400,000 visitors to Ennis take the necessary steps to protect and improve our environment.
BE PART OF THE FLEADH
WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
14 - 22 August 2016
Would you like to join our team and be part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Ennis 2016. This is your opportunity to be part of the biggest ever traditional music event in Co. Clare. We have roles for every age and every ability. You will meet new people, have fun and be part of the welcome to over 400,000 visitors! You can register online here or download the application form. You can also pick up an application form at your local library or contact the Clare Volunteer Centre [email protected] or tel 065 68 66 800.
Ennis, the Heart of the Tradition
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the greatest showcase for our Traditional Arts on Earth. For one week every August the very best of traditional talent from all over Ireland and the world comes together to meet, to compete, but, most importantly, to celebrate all that is best in Irish music song and dance.
For the host town, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann signals a joyful invasion of musicians and listeners alike, young and old, families and tourists, all drawn by the magic that the Fleadh promises and always delivers. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann also offers many challenges for the host town and surrounding communities as they work to accommodate the huge crowds, organising competitions and events to ensure that the Fleadh experience is a memorable one for all those involved.
Ennis itself is no stranger to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The town has twice before been home to the event and both occasions are regarded as milestones in establishing the Fleadh, both on the national and international stage, as a festival of significant cultural standing.
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