Welcome to Fleadh by The Feale 2016
The Fleadh by the Feale Committee are pleased to announce that plans are well under way for this year’s festival. We are celebrating 22 years of this marvelous weekend in April and working hard to ensure that as each year passes it gets better and better. We are delighted to announce that the wonderful Mary Black and her band will head up the Celebrity Concert this year.
So be sure to mark this 22nd year of the Fleadh by the Feale in your diary; it begins Thursday April 28th until Monday May 2nd.
Traditional Fleadh Concert 2016 featuring
Mary Black And Her Band with Coláiste Íde agus Iosef music group. Sunday 1st May 2016. 8pm.
She is regarded as an interpreter of both folk and modern music and we are thrilled that she will be joining us to celebrate on the May Bank Holiday weekend. She comes to us from her ‘Down the Crooked Road tour’ and we look forward to welcoming her to Abbeyfeale. While we put the finishes touches to our programme you can be assured of a weekend full of music, song and fun.
Tickets are available see our Events Guide webpage or on Facebook Fleadh by the Feale for more information.
All-Ireland Bone Playing Championship
One of the most unique events that takes place during the Fleadh by the Feale Festival is the All-Ireland Bone playing championship that brings the festival to a close on the Monday evening.The use of the bones as a rhythm instrument is quite popular in the West Limerick/North Kerry region, but the competition has also attracted competitors from throughout the country as well as from abroad.
A Junior Bones competition is also held in the square on Sunday afternoon, helping to maintain this great tradition. The All-Ireland Bone playing championship has consistently drawn a large crowd to the square in Abbeyfeale on the Monday evening, and has always ensured the festival goes out on a high note.
At the Fleadh by the Feale we have always prided ourselves on encouraging the young traditional Irish musicians to avail of the unique opportunity to perform live to the visitors of Abbeyfeale town, at the same time taking part in various music competitions and festivities.
Art Poster Competition
Confined to the five local primary schools in the parish our Art Poster Competition encourages the pupils to develop their artistic skills and to present their art work for public viewing. The judges will then award first, second and third prizes in the competition.
Traditional Busking Competition
The Traditional Busking is a most memorable experience with categories for all ages, For many its their first time performing in public attracting large crowds on the streets of Abbeyfeale.
For those that are energetic and wish to take to the dance floor a ‘Céilí with Striolan in Fr Casey’s GAA Clubhouse begins at 9:30pm. This will give you a lively start to “Fleadh by the Feale”.
Fleadh by the Feale Pub Trail 2016
Each year the Fleadh host a Traditional Pub Trail in Abbeyfeale town during the May Bank Holiday weekend. Come enjoy the festive craic agus ceol.
The Fleadh by the Feale Pub Trail guide 2016 will be available here over the fleadh weekend.
During the festival we look forward to a storytelling afternoon session giving the opportunity for storytellers to come and share their wit telling their old irish stories and myths to people of all ages.
Master Workshop Classes
Each year the committee select a group of well known musicians, singers and dancers to take the role of tutoring at the Master Workshop Classes, If you are interested in attending Workshop Classes, It is advised to book early to secure a place. See Events Programme for categories.
Traditional Open Air Entertainment
Traditional Entertainment takes place on the open air stage in the town square at various times during the festival.