Preparations are well in place for the Cavan County Fleadh as it heads west to Swanlinbar. This is the first time for the Swanlinbar branch to host a County Fleadh which promises to an exciting and innovative fleadh full to the brim with competitions, impromptu seisiuns, recitals, dancing, singing and street entertainment.
The weekend will open on Friday 29 May with dancing competitions at 6pm in St Mary’s Hall. At 9pm on Friday evening, the fleadh will be officially launched with the children fromScoilMhuire taking part and branches in Co Cavan.
This will be followed by the current All Ireland Ceili Band Champions Knockmore Ceili Band who will perform a free open air concert on the gig rig.
A host of special guest will entertain on Saturday and Sunday on the gig rig, in Trivia House and in the pubs throughout the town. Other events over the weekend include the popular Cissie’s Kitchen who have moved into Mill Street for the weekend!
Competitions commence at 12 o’clock on Saturday at various venues throughout the town.
From 3pm to 7pm on Saturday, Irish TV will be recording from Swanlinbar and entertainment will start at 3 pm with a senior seisiun, open air youth seisiun, singing seisiuns, Cissie Kitchen to name but a few.
Later in the evening at 8pm, Swanlinbar branch will host a barbeque and music seisiun in Trivia House, followed at 9pm with a singing seisiun. The Irish language will also take centre stage at the fleadh with transition year students from St Mogue’s School Bawnboy hosting a seomra gaeilge from 4pm on the Saturday.
A Fleadh Sets Ceili with Breege Flynn will also take place on the Saturday evening in St Mary’s Hall from 10am – 1pm dancing to Long Note Ceili Band. Competitions will continue on Sunday 31 May from 10am.
After the competitions there will be a craft fair and a colourful fleadh parade will commence at 4pm with stilt walkers, cheer leaders, pipe band, local floats to name but a few.
Come along and listen to the host of top class trad musicians performing on the Gig rig in Chapel Square from 4pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday evening.
Other events in the area include the James McManus Triathalon on Saturday 30 May from 11am at Brackley Lake and on Sunday the Annual Cuilcagh Festival with Cuilcagh Walk at 1 pm and Barbeque at Trivia House from 6pm with trad seisiun.
Hundreds of musician and artists from all parts of the country are expected in Swanlinbar over the weekend.