Monday 23 September 2019

Fingal Fleadh brings trad to Swords Castle

Kila at last year’s Fingal Fleadh
Kila at last year’s Fingal Fleadh

John Manning

Swords is busyy gearing up for the 2019 Fingal Fleadh as the lineup and schedule for this celebration of Irish traditional music is announced.

With the sounds of the Fleadh Cheoil recently held in Drogheda, still ringing in the trad-loving ears of people in north Fingal, now it is time for Fingal itslef to show how trad is done and Swords will be the venue for the third year running.

The third annual Fingal Fleadh will see Swords Castle and Main Street host a four-day, free-of-charge festival of craíc agus ceol.

With crowds fresh from enjoying the Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda, the Swords festival promises even more music and fun.

It runs from Thursday, September 5 to Sunday, September 8.

Swords Castle will be the key venue for the event with free concerts featuring The Kilfenora Céilí Band, Ulaid, Liam O'Maonlai, Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra, John Spillane, The Dixie Micks, Meath Beo and many more.

The event celebrates the strong tradition of music in Fingal, with an emphasis on participation and performance including free workshops.

There will be performances from Rinceoil Rush and Inis Rua from Skerries.

A 'Session Trail' will wind its way around the town featuring a mix of performances and open sessions during the afternoon and night.

Families and children will be catered for on the Sunday in particular, with Yoga for Kids and Family Irish Dancing classes held in the Castle Marquee.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said: 'I look forward to the fantastic music, great atmosphere, and warm welcome that the Fingal Fleadh will bring to all who attend. With the historic Swords Castle as the centrepiece, the festival will be another Fingal event not to be missed.'

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Fingal Independent