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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Ennis

14 - 22 August 2016

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the most important event in the traditional music calendar. For many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion. For others it is a unique and welcoming festival of the best of traditional arts that offers a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all.

It is often said, as another Fleadh draws to a close, “This was the best Fleadh yet...!” And there is always some truth in that because each Fleadh builds on the success of its predecessors, adding the uniqueness of its own place and traditions to the experience gained by hardworking Fleadh Committees down through the years. In Clare we believe that the time has come for us to step forward and seek to emulate the achievements of other towns that have earned Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann the reputation that it has today.

Twice before, the All-Ireland Fleadh has been held in Ennis, in 1956 and 1977, and both were landmark events in the history of Irish traditional music. Now Ennis and Co. Clare will host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann once again and through a co-operative effort involving Comhaltas branches, local authorities, business people, sporting organisations and local volunteers, we will work hard to ensure that The Fleadh Down In Ennis 2016 is the best Fleadh ever!

Scoil Éigse 2016

CLASSES, CONCERTS, SESSIONS, DANCING, MUSIC SCHOOLS

14th – 19th August 2016

Scoil Éigse is the official summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann where Irish people and international students of all ages register for the various instrumental music, singing, dancing and Irish language classes. The school provides workshops, lectures and sessions during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. It is the flagship event in the Comhaltas Education programme. Scoil Éigse provides a broad-based cultural educational experience for students, their families, other visitors and the general public.

RTE’s Kieran Hanrahan, himself a tutor at Scoil Éigse for many years and from Ennis, is Director of Scoil Éigse.

SHARING CLARE EVENTS

We love Clare and we want to share it with you - from the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher on the edge of the magical Burren, to the tranquil waters of the River Shannon at Lough Derg. Places like Miltown Malbay and Kilfenora, Tulla and Doolin beckon the music lover, while water-sports, surfing, angling, golf, horse riding, walking and cycling are there for all to enjoy. Sharing Clare is designed to help visitors to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 experience all the cultural and natural beauty that Clare has to offer. Organised by Comhaltas branches throughout the county, the programme will incorporate music sessions, set dancing, local tours and activities for visitors to the Fleadh who are staying in their area.

Check out the programme of events and activities in different towns and villages throughout the county where the cultural tradition has been preserved for generations and take this opportunity to share Clare.

Community and Cultural Parade

14th August 2016

Calling all community and sporting groups in County Clare.

Would you like to take part in the biggest traditional music festival in the world?

Your group is invited to participate in a Community & Cultural Parade which will be a highlight of the opening day of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016 on Sunday August 14th. The parade will be part of a day of celebration to mark the official opening of the Fleadh by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. The organising committee is very keen to make the parade both representative and inclusive. Each group can decide the style and content of its participation but the following guidelines might be useful.