Fleadh Cheoil in Freshford this weekend

As Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the County Fleadh Cheoil returns again to Freshford from Friday to Sunday.

As Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the County Fleadh Cheoil returns again to Freshford from Friday to Sunday.

With a varied programme of activities, this year’s Fleadh was launched on May 13 by Catherine Connery, chairwoman Kilkenny County Council. Singers were then to the fore on Friday last when a great singing night was held at Kavanagh’s.

The Fleadh proper will kick off on this Friday with a variety concert consisting of traditional music, song and dance at the Community Centre in Freshford at 8.30pm. Local artists will be joined by visiting guests.

The Fleadh Queen for 2011 will be chosen on the night. (Entries are currently being taken, and if you think you have what it takes to be this year’s Queen contact 086 8868666 for more details.)

On Saturday, St Lachtain’s Primary School is the venue for music and singing competitions beginning at 2pm (contact 086 8249618). Qualifiers from the County Fleadh will then represent Kilkenny at the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil in Portlaoise in July.

The night will be rounded off with a Ceili at the Community Centre at 9pm, with music by Danny Webster and Michael Cooney as MC.

On Sunday, on the Square in Freshford set and ceili dancing competitions will be held at 1.30pm. There will be competitions for set dancers under-8, under-10, under-12 and under-15 years, senior ladies and senior mixed. For the first time included in Fleadh this year there will also be a competition for Ceili Dancing, mixed teams only, for under-12 and under-15 years, four-hand or eight-hand, with music by Danny Webster.

Sessions will take place over the weekend and all musicians, singers and dancers are welcome.

For further details, contact 086 8868666. Entries for music and dance competitions should contact 086 8249618.