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Mountmellick to host lively Laois Fleadh 2018 weekend

June Bank Holiday weekend

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Mountmellick to host lively Laois Fleadh 2018 weekend

Conor and Caoimhe entertaining visitors at last year’s fleadh in Camross; Outdoor sessions are a feature of the fleadh.

Summertime in Mountmellick will feature a feast of traditional arts as the town will host the county fleadh on the June bank holiday weekend.

Hundreds of musicians, singers and dancers from all parts of Laois will descend on Mountmellick for three days of music and fun.

Comhaltas has a proud tradition in Mountmellick where the branch celebrates it’s 30th birthday this year.

Founding member Mary B Culliton has recalled the early days and is proud of the growing population of musicians in the area.

“When I was growing up there were only a handful playing fiddles and accordions and the standard today is amazing,” she said.

Mary now enjoys playing tunes with her grandchildren and their friends.

A local committee has been working for some months in planning the week-end in order to create a festive atmosphere in the town.

The fun starts on Friday evening with a dance in the Arts Centre. There will be hundreds of competitors at the Communty School on Saturday and Sunday competing for a range of titles.

All music and dance enthusiasts are welcome to attend the free Gig Rig in the square to relax and enjoy local and visiting talent from 3pm on Sunday afternoon, June 3. A ceili will take place on Monday to finish the weekend.

Supported by local businesses and the wider community the 2018 county fleadh promises to be a special occasion in the annals of the historic town.

The official launch takes place at the Mountmellick Credit Union offices on Monday, May 21.

Memorial walk/run for well known Laois man Liam Kealy in aid of Cork rescue team.