Ballyvourney to host Fleadh Cheoil
MUSKERRY received great news in August 2012 following the announcement that the 2013 Cork County Fleadh Cheoil is to be held in Ballyvourney.
The coup for the village represents the first time the Cork Gaeltacht will host the annual celebration of traditional Irish culture.
That month the Cork County board of Comhaltas unanimously voted in favour of hosting next year's Fleadh in the Muskerry village over the weekend of May 10-12, following a submission by the Lachtain Naofa Comhaltas branch from Kilnamartra.
Following that announcement Maire Uí Mhurchu, Rúnaí of Lachtain Naofa Comhaltas, told The Corkman that there is much excitement in the area. "It's the first time the Fleadh will come to the Cork Gaeltacht, we don't know what to expect but we're going to give it a go, it's very exciting," she said.
"We are looking at a good number of people coming into the village over the two or three days, we are expecting a big influx to Ballyvourney. There will be about 1,000 entries into the competitions alone, which will bring between 2,500 and 3,000 people to the area," Miss Uí Mhurchu added.
As the event is set to significantly benefit the coffers of the area's businesses, organisers are hopeful that locals will support the cost of running festival through sponsorship and fundraising.
"Naturally, we need the support of the area for this to work, and we have already started making plans for fundraisers. I t has been held in Macroom over a few years and it always brought extra business to the town. We hope we can do the same, and get local funding and volunteers for the weekend itself," Miss Uí Mhurchu explained.