Nenagh is gearing up to host the Munster Fleadh for the first time ever, with the event kicking off on July 12. An estimated 20,000 trad fans are expected to descend on the town and surrounding areas for the week-long event, which ends on July 19, with most hotels and guesthouses already booked up
At the launch of the Fleadh in Nenagh Castle last Thursday, organising committee chair Brendan Quinn pointed out that while the event was a great boost to the local economy, it was important not to lose sight of what the Fleadh was about - nurturing and supporting traditional music, song and dance.
He thanked all the main sponsors, including Tipperary County Council, Arrabawn Co-op, ABP meat producers and Carey Glass for their financial support.
“Running the Fleadh comes at a cost, and it is because of their sponsorship we have been able to bring it to the town,” he said, pointing out that among the features of the week will be the gig rig in the centre of town.
Mr Quinn called on all businesses in Nenagh to support the Fleadh.
Nenagh Municipal District Council cathaoirleach Cllr Fiona Bonfield said the council was delighted to be involved in sponsoring the event and pointed out that Nenagh had plenty of culture and heritage to offer visitors and those taking part in the competitions.
Munster Comhaltas chair Tadhg Mulcahy said that the sponsorship meant Nenagh would have a great Fleadh.
“The sponsorship is money well spent. It is a good investment because of the hundreds of volunteers it will involve and the lasting benefits it will have for Nenagh and surrounding areas,” he said.
Mr Quinn pointed out that the committee was still fundraising for the Fleadh and will host a concert in Nenagh Arts Centre on April 11 featuring Ned Kelly, Silvermines Folk Choir and the Killea branch of Comhaltas. On April 24, they will host a dog night in Thurles.