TRADITIONAL music lovers from across north KErry and west Limerick are set to descend on Abbeyfeale in their droves this weekend as the town plays host to the legendary Fleadh by the Feale.
The internationally renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band will be the star attraction at this year's festival, which runs from Thursday to Monday.
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.
Celebrating its 19th anniversary this year, the 2013 fleadh promises another great programme of ceilis, workshops, busking, storytelling, art competitions, bone-playing, outdoor 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 line-up features storytelling with Daisy Kearney, face-painting 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.