Abbeyfeale is alive with the sound of music

Plearacha Na nÓg group from Templeglantine warming up before going on stage on Saturday evening
Plearacha Na nÓg group from Templeglantine warming up before going on stage on Saturday evening

Fergus Dennehy

Organisers of the 'Fleadh by the Feale' could not have asked for better weather over the weekend as the much loved, popular festival celebrated its 25th year in existence in fine fashion Having grown from humble beginnings back in the early 1990's, it quickly established itself as one of the must-see events in the region during the May Bank Holiday.

Each year, new memories are created, old friendships renewed and new ones formed and this past weekend, the 2019 edition certainly did not disappoint.

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Over the course of four days, locals and visitors to the town were treated to some of the finest entertainment on offer; there was opening night fun on offer in the Oiche Gaeilge in TJ O'Connell's Bar before Saturday and Sunday exploded into life with street buskers, ceilí's, singing sessions, youth trad music sessions, social dancing in the town square and even some storytelling in St Ita's Hall.

Truly one of the highlights of the weekend was the performance from the Kilfenora Céilí Band which took place in the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Hall on Sunday night while Sliabh Luachra workshops were provided by the ever brilliant Eoin O'Sullivan.

For those who have never been to the Fleadh, it's hard to properly sum up in words the experience of the weekend, it is something that can must be experienced to fully understand its appeal - roll on 2020!

Kerryman

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