The launch of the 2012 Tipperary County Fleadh took place in the offices of Roscrea Credit Union on Wednesday evening last.
A large crowd gathered in the Credit Union to hear a number of excellent speeches and most importantly details of the week long series of events which will take place from Monday May 14th right through to the Fleadh weekend itself, concluding on Sunday May 20th.
Chairman of the organising committee Tim Maher opened the proceedings. Tim reminded those present that this was a very special year for Roscrea Comhaltas who are celebrating fifty years since the organisation was formed. A number of events have already taken place to commemorate the achievement and Tim Maher was delighted to remind members and supporters of Roscrea Comhaltas that plenty more celebratory events are planned in the weeks and months ahead. Tim Maher said it was perhaps fitting that Roscrea would play host to the 2012 County Fleadh and he said that he had no doubt that the organising committee would do a great job. Tim Maher thanked all those in attendance for supporting the official launch and he gave s special word of thanks to Roscrea Credit Union for making the arrangements for the evening.
Brian King Interim Manager of Roscrea Credit Union and Secretary of Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce said it was a privilege for the Credit Union to be involved in the launch of this year’s Fleadh. He said that over the past elven years alone the Credit Union has participated in three county fleadhs and two Munster Fleadhs and will always be on hand to support local groups such as Roscrea Comhaltas despite the harsh economic conditions that we all find ourselves in. Brian said it was a honour for Roscrea to host the County Fleadh and as the Chairman of the recently elected town enhancement group he said it was events like the County Fleadh that would help bring some life back to our streets and back to local businesses who are doing the best they can despite all the obstacles that they must deal with. He wished Comhaltas every success and praised the organising committee for putting together a week long Clár of events that will make May 14th to 20th very exciting for the town of Roscrea.
Pat Loughman, Chairman of The Tipperary Comhaltas County Board said that it was a great achievement locally for Roscrea Comhaltas to be celebrating fifty years in existence. Pat said the Fleadh was important especially for the young people who use the Fleadh on a yearly basis to showcase their many talents. Pat said after all the practising it is important that the youth get an opportunity to play in public which will encourage them to keep playing, singing and dancing which is good for all concerned. Tim Maher then gave a breakdown of the events for the Fleadh week which can be broken down as follows:
On Monday the 14th of May a Tráth na gCeist bilingual table-quiz for primary school children hosted by Liam Doran will take place. Also that evening transition year studnts will presnt a project fosusing on the meaning of townland names in Roscrea. Fáilte. On Tuesday the 15th May a Singer’s Club in Damer Court Hotel (Grants) hosted by Tadhg Maher will take place at 8.30pm and all are welcome. On Wednesday the 16th of May at 8.30pm the Launch of “Óg ‘s Aosta”, a CD recorded by Roscrea Comhaltas members, featuring solos and group items will take place. The CD commemorates the music of the past 50 years in Roscrea and also features newly-composed material from local musicians. A fabulous night of music, song and dance with many tracks from the CD being played by those who recorded them. Copies of the CD will be on sale on the night at only €10 per copy. On Thursday at 8.30pm in the Damer Court a miscellaney of story, poetry, music, song and dance to launch John Browne’s second book “Wandering Back & Forth” in which the memories of the past are recalled once more by those who experienced them, will take place. John’s first book sold out in a very short time and is no longer available.
This new book is already heavily booked and will soon be unavailable too. Don’t be disappointed; order your copy in advance from: John or Cáit at “Orchard View”, Ballycleary, Roscrea, Phone: 087 9185705 / 0505 47215. Friday to Sunday are extremly busy days and Tim Maher summarised them as follows.
Friday, 18th May
7.30pm Templemore Pipe band will march from the Credit Union to Roscrea Castle where they will give a short recital.
8pm Damer Court Hotel. The recently successful ‘Scoraíocht’ show will be performed
9pm Oscailt Oifigiúil followed by informal ‘seisiún’ (Damer Court Hotel).
9.30pm Singer’s Club – a long established tradition associated with the Fleadh, will be held in Phelan’s “The Market House” – Fear an Tí – Jim Kinsella.
Saturday, 19th May
10am U-12 and 12-15 Music & Singing Competitions (Coláiste Phobal) Also ‘Ionad na Gaeilge’ at Coláiste Phobal.
2pm Junior Set Dancing Competitions (Damer Court Hotel (Grants))
2pm – 6pm Street entertainment in Castle Street.
7pm Senior Set Dancing Competitions (Damer Court Hotel (Grants)
7.30pm Aifreann na Fleidhe (Fleadh Mass) with music from local Comhaltas members.
9pm Céilí in Abbey Hall with Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter
9.30pm Singer’s Club – Phelan’s “The Market House” – Fear an Tí: Tadhg Ó Meachair
Sunday 20th May
8am – 12 noon. Mass and church services with traditional flavour (check times)
2pm 15-18 and Senior competitions in Coláiste Phobal, Ros Cré.
2pm Ionad na Gaeilge, Coláiste Phobal, Ros Cré
2pm Display of Coláiste Phobal Transition Year project on Roscrea Townland Names
2pm Comórtas Speisialta do dhaoine mí-chumasaigh (a local project).