MACROOM is the place to be on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, May 12th and May 13th next, when the town hosts what is the biggest county Fleadh Cheoil in the country.
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí secretary Teresa Dennehy says that around 1,200 musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers will be competing over the weekend weekend and preparations are currently well under way. There will be live music, song and dance as Aghinagh Comhaltas play host to this county competition for the fourth time.
The Fleadh features competitions for individuals, grupaí cheoil, ceílí bands and dancers with qualification for Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan and possibly Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda later in the year as the prize for the winner. There will be other events and activities in the town in the days leading up to the weekend’s competitions, staring on Wednesday 9th with a tribute to former Comhaltas member and renowned musician Tadgh Kearney in the Auld Triangle. commencing at 7.30 pm. On the Thursday night, there will be an Oíche Amhránaíocht in the Riverside Park Hotel, Casagh an tSugáin.On Friday evening, 11th, at 6pm, there will be sean nós dancing competitions in the GAA Hall in the Castle Grounds, followed by the official opening of the county Fleadh in the Castle Hotel on the Friday night and a music session.
On Friday night also, there will be a celebration of 40 years of Aghinagh Comhaltas before the weekend competitions get under way in earnest.
Access to all competitions can be had by purchasing a wristband. For €5 per day, people can sit in on the competitions of their choice.