Fleadh set to get its official launch

Garrett Lavin

Published 17/06/2014|05:40

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Sligonians will get a flavour of what's to come this August when the official launch and concert for the All-Ireland Fleadh takes place on Friday.

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Sligonians will get a flavour of what's to come this August when the official launch and concert for the All-Ireland Fleadh takes place on Friday.

Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring will be in Sligo to do the honours at the event in The Sligo Park Hotel.

It will be the first official music event of Fleadh 2014.

The launch will feature three of the Céilí Bands that have won the prestigious Senior Céilí Band title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in recent years.

The Innisfree Céilí Band, the Dartry Céilí Band and the reigning All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil champions, the Moylurg Céilí Band are all due to take part.

Séamus McCormack of the Fleadh organising committee said: "It will be an outstanding night with some of the great Fleadh bands.

"The Senior Céilí Band competition is one of the highlights of the Fleadh calendar and this is a great opportunity for the people of Sligo to get a

flavour of what lies ahead in August at the Fleadh Cheoil."

Musician and composer Michael Rooney and also a member of the Dartry Ceili band said:

"We're really looking forward to playing at the Fleadh launch.

"We also want this to be a concert that will encourage people to get up and dance, and there will be plenty of people there to bring beginners through the steps if necessary."

The concert is promised to be a mixture of music, set dancing and Céilí dance.

Also in attendance will be members of the Ard Chomhairle of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, led by Ard Stiúrthóir Labhrás Ó Murchú and by Bartley Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Fleadh Cheoil 2014.

Tickets are for sale at €15, but there are special offer discounts available for those who purchase tickets ahead of the event.

The tickets are available at selected outlets such as at many of the Sligo hotels, as well as at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann offices at Riverside, Sligo.

There will also be bulk discounts available for groups of 10 or over on the night.

Fleadh Cheoil 2014 will take place in Sligo between 10th-17th August.

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