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Saturday 7 December 2019

Concert at Pavilions whets appetite for Leinster Fleadh 2020

Young performers at the concert in Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords
Young performers at the concert in Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords

Last week Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann held a special concert at Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords to welcome the coming of Fleadh Laighean / Lenister Fleadh to Swords between July 5 and 12, next year.

Some 28 musicians in all performed. Both adults and children took part and the event was very well received by the public.

The group even expanded their repertoire to include some Christmas tunes, much to the delight of the younger audience.

Many Dublin Comhaltas branches were represented including Seán Treacy, Beaumont, Portmarnock, Malahide, Kinsealy, Balbriggan, Lucan and the newly formed craobh out on the Donabate/Portrane peninsula.

Mixed in with the high standard of music was a spectacular Irish dancing performance by some Comhaltas members that raised 'oohs and aahs' from the audience as they jumped and twirled to the tunes provided by the musicians.

Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Eoghan O'Brien was in attendance to express his support for the Fleadh.

The mayor said: 'The coming of Fleadh Laighean to Swords is a fantastic event that will help further raise the profile of Irish music and also the profile of Swords and the wider Fingal region.

'I am really encouraged by the enthusiasm and proficiency of the young musicians performing today.

'I would hope that the coming of Leinster Fleadh to Swords will pave the path for the possibility of the national Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann coming to Swords in a few years.'

The Leinster Fleadh is a weeklong event that involves traditional Irish music.

On the competitions side there will be numerous venues in use including Swords Castle, Fingallians GAA, Fingal Community College, Prosper Fingal and St. Colmcille's National school.

The week will see competitors representing the 12 counties of Leinster and vying to win places in the All-Ireland final that will be held in Mullingar in August 2020.

On the social side of the week there will be music sessions of every type throughout the town and feature concerts at Swords Castle. Street closures will add to the atmosphere during the ultimate weekend July 10, 11 and 12. The Leinster Fleadh is organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the national non-profit cultural movement that organises and promotes traditional Irish music at home and abroad. The Leinster Fleadh looks forward to welcoming you to Swords in July 2020 to partake in the ceol agus craic.

Fingal Independent

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