Nenagh all set for a ‘mighty session’ as Fleadh opens

Nora Butler sings with her hurband, Pat Swan, at the concert in her honour at Nenagh Arts Centre on the opening night of Fleadh na Mumhan  Picture: Bridget Delaney
Mighty grateful, was how Nenagh singer Nora Butler described her reaction to a tribute concert to her at the start of the Munster Fleadh on Sunday.

Mighty grateful, was how Nenagh singer Nora Butler described her reaction to a tribute concert to her at the start of the Munster Fleadh on Sunday.

Nenagh is hosting Fleadh na Mumhan for the first time ever, with the week-long festival running until this Sunday, July 19.

“There was a great turnout for the concert,” Nora told the Tipperary Star. “It was the highlight of my life.”

The internationally renowned singer from McDonagh Street, said the concert was a “great kick-off” to the Fleadh and contributed to the buzz around the town,

Many of Nora’s fans and friends were left outside the door of Nenagh Arts Centre such was the demand for tickets.

But those inside were treated to a spectacular night of entertainment with Boru Bru taking part along with Mick Foster of Foster and Allen, a relation of Nora’s, and Ned Kelly.

“The standard of music from the young people was frightening,” said Nora.

She paid tribute to the Fleadh committee and thanked Donnacha O Cinneide for all his help down the years to her and to keeping the music alive. He and Pat Hartnett were also thanked for the concert they organised for her husband Pat Swan. Nora will take to the floor again this Wednesday at 8.30pm in the Abbey Court Hotel when she opens the singing session following the offical opening of the Fleadh by Labhras O Murchu.

The event continues with workshops, competitions and sessions in local pubs until Sunday, when an Aifreann Traidisiunta will be held in St John’s Church in Tyone. at 9.45am This was to have taken place in St Mary of the Rosary, but the larger church is closed for the summer for refurbishment. In the meantime, one of the highlights will be the ceili featuring the Kilfenora Ceile Band in the Scouts Hall on Saturday from 9pm to midnight.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mattie McGrath congratulated the organisers, saying: “Nenagh will no doubt put on a great reception for the visitors to Tipp and make us all very proud.”

For details of events visit www.munsterfleadh.ie