At the recent Tipperary 2013 Fleadh Meeting, in Riains Ballina, the different events for the festival were nearly finalised. The Launch of Fleadh will be held in Mills, Main Street, Ballina on Saturday 27th April at 8.30p.m.
The Official Opening will take place on Friday night 17th May in Bun Scoil Beal an Atha. The Ceili in Lakeside Hotel on Sunday 12th May with Johnny Reidy Band at 2.30pm. to 5.30p.m. should be a great afternoon. The Awards at the “ Gathering “ will now include Accordionists Bobby Gardiner, Burncourt and Jimmy O’Sullivan, Castleiney, previously we had the late Paddy O’Brien, Jim Lawlor, Michael Cooney, Billy Clifford and Billy Greenall, who all promoted our traditional music overseas.
The closing date for competition entries and fees was last week-end 14th April. Many other events will be run over the week coming up to competitions on Saturday and Sunday, with the Ceili dancing and Set dancing probably on Friday evening. Further information may be had from Runai Bairbre Farrell 087/6670770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Cruinniu Bord Chontae in Hayes Hotel, Thurles on Wednesday 10th April it was mostly discussions on Fleadh, An Cisteoir Joe Troy requires outstanding subscriptions for County Fleadh and Fleadh na Mumhan to be sent to him as soon as possible, also all the Fleadh Perpetual Trophies returned to Joe as soon as possible to have them in good shape for presentation this year. (Joe Troy, 0504/22193 Lognafulla, Thurles.)
An Coiste wishes to congratulate the Newport Branch on achieving All Ireland honours in Plearacha na nOg in Claasac on Saturday 23rd March, well done to Mary, Breda and Cast. A word of thanks to Marion Neville, Murroe/Cappamore for her input. Also congratulations to Roscrea Branch on taking 2nd Place in Plearacha Sinsear on Sunday 24th March, well done to everyone.
Congratulations to talented voilinist Lucia MacPartlin Ormond Branch on adding the International Pan Cheilteach Trophy at the Pan Celtic Festival in Carlow 1st to 6th April to her “ Fiddler of Dooney “ Trophy last year. Lucia is daughter of our County Runai Bairbre and Paul MacPartlin, Ballina. Thrilled for everyone.
Votes of sympathy to Mae and Paddy Kelly, Blackrock, County Dublin, parents of Grainne Kelly who passed to her eternal reward after traffic accident. Paddy is a Trustee of Comhaltas. To Margaret Redmond, Cashel on death of her mother-in-law Mrs Maura Redmond. To Ann Crowe, Cashel on death of her sister-in-law in England, Mrs. Josephine O’Dwyer, To Mrs. Gleeson and her family on death of her husband Phil Gleeson, Brownstown, Loughmore. also to his niece Aedin Sweeney, Loughmore Branch and the extended family. Ar dheis De go raibh a anamacha dilis.
Next County Comhaltas Meeting, please note it is on Thursday 9th May. Munster Meeting on the Wednesday.