“We are very proud to host Fleadh Cheoil Chonnachta in the year that Swinford is celebrating 250 years of its existence. In addition to the formalities of the Fleadh competitions we see this as an exciting opportunity to showcase our local talent through fringe events while providing entertainment to the hundreds of visitors that will descend on our town in early July,” according to Máirin Noone, a spokesperson for the Michael Davitt Branch.
These will include various musical sessions and ‘Rambling House’ events. In addition two concerts have been arranged for the evenings of 2 and 6 July featuring some well-known groups in the traditional music scene.
This Comhaltas branch was formed in 1958, the first such branch in Mayo, and hosted Fleadh Cheoil Chonnachta the following year and hosted Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 1961. Since then many County and Provincial Fleadhanna have been held in Swinford, most recently the very successful Mayo Fleadhanna of 2013, 2014 and 2015.
At local level, due to widespread community support and many volunteers, the Branch has greatly expanded in terms of membership and diversity of activity., which has been achieved through weekly sessions of traditional music and song hosted in turn by one of seven of the pubs in Swinford Town.
Mayo Association Dublin’s Executive Committee member and former secretary Grace Heneghan was delighted to recently present Máirin Noone with a donation of €1,000 towards their upcoming Connacht Fleadh Cheoil.
Mayo Association Dublin’s summer party returns on Thursday 11 July to the four-star Iveagh Garden Hotel – home to Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’ – an urban oasis that’s located just steps from Grafton Street!
The party kicks off from 7pm in the ‘Elle Bar’ downstairs and the €20 tickets (payable at the door only) will include a great choice of food from the BBQ to tickle all taste buds, along with one complimentary drink.
We’re delighted to announce that Connacht Whiskey Company Ltd will showcase their latest blend of ConnCullin Irish Gin at our summer party, and guests will have an opportunity to sample the new G&T range!
This year’s Mayo International Kite Festival will take place on Achill Island’s Keel Beach on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July, and it promises to be another very magical fun day out!
Everyone is welcome to attend….even your pets! There is no admission to attend or to participate in the contest. So folks….why not come out to see the spectacular sight of hundreds of kites in the sky and enjoy a summer’s day on Keel Beach.
There will be a kite-making workshop for the little ones, demonstrations by Pro-Kite fliers, some fun competitions like the highest kite, the best design and most colourful kites, and loads of entertainment all day on Keel Beach!
There will also be free introductions to kite-surfing and demos by the pros….so good timing to give it a go or to take some nice snaps with your camera! Everyone is also welcome to bring their own kite and fly their colours very high in the Mayo skies!
Latest details are also available on Mayo Kite Fest’s Facebook Page.
Following festival fever that hit Ballinrobe in 2018, another sell-out is on the cards for 2019, so make sure to pencil this year’s Ballinrobe Festival into your diary for 23-28 July.
Aslan will headline this year’s festival, with special guests Faraway Martin at The Big Red Barn on Friday 26 July. Aslan’s album ‘Goodbye Charlie Moonhead’ was released 25 years ago in 1994, and the band are now on a nationwide tour of the album this year.
The Riptide Movement, with support by Con Murphy will take to the stage on Saturday 27 July. Click here for tickets! The ‘Ballinrobe Race Day Dance’ which starts immediately after the Balinrobe Races evening race meeting on Tuesday 23 July. will feature Cliona Hagan with support by Stuart Moyles.
Ballinrobe Festival 2019 will conclude with the talent finale of Queen Of The Lakes on Sunday 28 July.