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Monday 21 April 2014

Kilfenora craic to be fleadh highlight

Launch breaks into a mighty session

At the Launch of Fleadh by the Feale at the Ploughman Bar in Abbeyfeale were, from left: Donal Gallery, Padraig Redfern of Carling, Paddy Quill and John O'Sullivan.

THE internationally renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band will be the star attraction at this year's Fleadh by The Feale, which will be held in Abbeyfeale from May 2 to 6.

Regarded as one of Ireland's most popular and long-standing traditional groups, they will perform their brand new Spraoi show during this year's celebrity concert at Coláiste Ide Agus Iosef on Sunday night, May 5. A team off 23 musicians, singers and world champion dancers will take to the stage at 8pm for what promises to be a night of top class entertainment.

Details of this year's fleadh were announced at the official launch of the fleadh at The Ploughman Bar in Abbeyfeale on Thursday night which, true to form, was followed by a mighty session with up to 15 local musicians.

Celebrating its 19th anniversary this year, the 2013 fleadh promises another great programme of ceilis, workshops, busking, storytelling, art competitions, bone-playing, out-door entertainment and many music sessions, all of which have been specifically tailored with this year's Gathering event in mind.

Events to look forward to include the annual children's art exhibition on Thursday night, the outdoor busking competition and outdoor céilí on Friday, as well as master workshops and outdoor entertainment with Castlemaine musician Michael O'Brien on Saturday. Also on Saturday, teams from Kostal's sites across Europe will join their colleagues from Abbeyfeale and Mallow for an international soccer tournament , which has been organised to mark Kostal's ongoing support and sponsorship of the festival and also to promote and celebrate The Gathering.

Sunday's lineup features story-telling with Daisy Kearney, facepainting in The Square courtesy of The Kerryman, and the Junior Bone Playing competition, as well as sessions across town during the night,

The 2013 festival comes to an end on Monday night with the Senior Bone Playing competition at 9pm, which is once again expected to attract entries from across the country.

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