2016 Newsroom



2016 Media Releases

22 August 2016

The Fleadh has been an outstanding success in advancing the vision and aspirations of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann nationally and locally. Record numbers of young people attended masterclasses at Scoil Éigse, concert audiences broke all records, numbers of competitors were up due to increased entries from overseas including two Japanese Céilí Bands and


14-22 Lúnasa 2016

Is í Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann an ócáid is tabhachtaí i bhféilire an cheoil thraidisiúnta. Is mór an onóir ag Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann go bhfuil Micheál D. Ó hUigínn, Uachtarán na hÉireann, ag oscailt Fhleadh na bliana seo go hoifigiúil. Do go leor daoine, is toradh na míonna oibre dhéin agus cleachta é agus iad curtha i gcomórtas i gcoinne a


14 - 22 August 2016

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the most important event in the traditional music calendar. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is honoured that Michael D. Higgins, Uachtarán na hÉireann is officially opening this year’s festival. For many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers


Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016

Seachtain na hÉigse - Fleadh Lectures 

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has three very well-known elements: competitions, concerts and street sessions. However, the Fleadh also hosts a range of events focusing on Irish culture and learning. These include the Fleadh Summer School Scoil Éigse and a programme of


With only a few weeks to go, the Face of the Fleadh training schedule has been launched and each volunteer is asked to attend a two- hour training session between the 2nd and 8th August. There is still time to register as a Volunteer, according Sharon Meaney, Manager of Clare Volunteer Centre. “The Fleadh is traditionally a time when families and musicians gather to



At first sight, the competition schedule for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is bewildering. Up to 6,000 competitors will play, sing or dance for All -Ireland glory in 180 competitions. They will come from all over Ireland and abroad with a huge contingent from the United States. Teaching and handing on the tradition is central to the Comhaltas mission,


8 July 2016

Dome Performances

THE 2,000 seater dome, which is to be placed in Tim Smyth Park for the upcoming All-Ireland Fleadh is the largest dome venue the Fleadh has ever seen, according to the venue committee chairperson.

The dome is being used to cater for the larger concerts and competitions taking place in the Fleadh such as the Senior Céilí


1 July 2016

Fleadh Casual Trading

In organising an event which is expected to attract 400,000 over nine days, the Fleadh Executive Committee recognises that in a modern festival environment, people expect to be able to buy food and refreshments on the street or in other outdoor spaces. Not only does casual trading provide a necessary service


29 June 2016

An important information evening on Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for Ennis residents and business owners will be held at Treacys West County Hotel on Thursday 7th July from 7.30 – 9pm. Among those in attendance will be representatives of the Fleadh Executive Committee, An Garda Siochána, Clare County Council and various key agencies. The purpose


24 June 2016


Fleadh Stewards

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2106 will consist of competitions, workshops, concerts, lectures and “round the clock” musical entertainment in the pubs and on the streets of the Ennis. The Fleadh must appear to ‘flow seamlessly’ throughout the


22 June 2016

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016 has assembled a feast of top performers for a series of concerts which will be staged in Ennis from the 14th– 22nd August.  Quality concerts and other events have developed over the years as a key element of the All Ireland Fleadh in addition to competitions and street


One of Ireland’s most popular environment advocates, Éanna Ní Lamhna will be in Ennis on Thursday next (23rd June) to address a special Green Fleadh Business Seminar.

Ms. Ní Lamhna is a long-standing member of the panel of experts on RTÉ’s wildlife programme ‘Mooney goes Wild’, and one of the most instantly recognisable voices on Irish radio. 



17 June 2016


“With me tent and me groundsheet rolled up tight,
I like to hit Lisdoon, in around Friday afternoon”
– Christy Moore

The tradition of heading off to the Fleadh with a tent and a few bob in the pocket dates back to the earliest Fleadhanna. It was an exciting and


10 June 2016

Fleadh Management Plan

The Event Licence

The decision by Clare County Council to approve the event licence application from Comhaltas to organise Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2106 has been has been welcomed by the Fleadh Executive Committee. It means that a significant administrative challenge had been


6th June 2016

Clare GAA has joined forces with Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016 to encourage players, club members and supporters to get behind the Fleadh and volunteer some of their time between 14th – 22nd August. Four leading Clare GAA stars are supporting the campaign including All-Ireland hurler Brendan Bugler who is also a well-known


3 June 2016

Inis le Chéile

A Fleadh Business Initiative

The Fleadh Executive Committee values the support which Ennis business is extending to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016.  The sector is an important employer and makes a significant contribution to the economic life of Ennis. Over two years, the Fleadh will


27 May 2016

Scoil Éigse 2016

Summer School at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Scoil Éigse is the official summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann where Irish and international students of all ages register for the various instrumental music, singing, dancing and Irish language


20 May 2016

Fleadh Nua

As the annual Fleadh Nua gets underway in Ennis this Sunday, let’s begin with a word of explanation should all this talk of Fleadhs cause confusion. For several months now, the focus has been on Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which will be held in Ennis from 14th – 22nd August.

A Fleadh Cheoil


17 May 2016

Volunteer and be part of the Fleadh

The search for 1,500 Volunteers for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann steps up a gear this week with recruitment drives in Ennis and Miltown Malbay. On Saturday 21st, the Fleadh Volunteer Recruitment team will be highly visible at the O’Connell Monument in Ennis between 11am and 1pm. While a band of


13th May 2016

SHARING CLARE – the concept

The concept of “Sharing Clare” has been developed to ensure that the cultural and natural beauty is shared with visitors to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016. The Fleadh Committee invites Fleadh goers to experience all that Clare has to offer and  a programme of events and activities has been drawn


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