ALWAYS one of most anticipated dates on trad music fans’ calendars, this year’s Laois Fleadh will be held in Clonaslee. The Laois Fleadh is being extended to five days this year and is being held from May 16 to May 20 in the village.
The official launch of the county fleadh will be held in the Heritage Centre on Friday May 11 and will be followed by a trisco (which is a trad disco) where musicians young and old will be booging to traditional music.
On Wednesday May 16, a céilí in the Community Centre will kick off the events of fleadh week. The singers will enjoy singing traditional songs in English and Irish by the open fire in the Parish Hall starting at 9pm. On Thursday night the audience can learn a little more about placenames from Tom Cox from Abbeyleix Heritage Centre. He will be giving a talk about the cultural heritage and history of Laois County in the Heritage Centre in Clonaslee at 8pm.
Friday sees the official opening of the Laois County Fleadh in the Heritage Centre. The competitions will be held on Saturday in the Community Centre and on Sunday in Scoil Bhríde and other venues throughout the village.
Entries are open to all residents of Laois and should be with Bairbre Uí Theighneáin, Hon. Sec. Fleadh Laoise, “Áit Aoibhinn”, Garryheather, Clonaslee, Co Laois by Friday, April 20. Laois County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann wishes to emphasise that the fleadh is for everybody, with admission for the day costing €3 for adults and €2 for children while street entertainment is free. For more see next week’s Stage Left pages.