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Calling all young trad musicians (u18) – would you like to create, perform and record your own compositions with professional sound engineers?

Music Generation Sligo, in partnership with Fleadh Cheoil Sligo 2015, is offering an amazing opportunity to one group of 6-8 young traditional musicians, to spend a day on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus this August. With the assistance of on-board engineers in a fully equipped state-of-the-art music studio, young aspiring musicians can learn how to record and produce original music, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video.

We are looking for a group of a high standard with experience of performing original music together – the group should be 6-8 in number, members must be under the age of 18 and all available on Wednesday 12th August 10am-5pm. Please contact Music Generation Sligo to express your interest before Friday 10th July.
Email MusicGenerationSligo@msletb.ie.

The visit to Fleadh Cheoil Sligo by the John Lennon Bus is part of a tour of Ireland organised by Music Generation, Ireland’s National Programme, offering the general public and local Music Generation participants the opportunity to experience this extraordinary world-class education resource.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. The Bus, which was made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon, is dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free song writing and multimedia production workshops.
The bus will be in Stephen Street Car Park Sligo, open for public tours on Tuesday 11th August from 10am to 5pm – all are welcome. Wednesday 12th will be the recording day for the participating group only.

Rosaleen Molloy, National Director of Music Generation and Rhona McGrath, Music Generation Sligo Co-ordinator have said “We are delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to work with the John Lennon Bus team and Music Generation Sligo to bring a real sense of excitement to music education during Fleadh Cheoil Sligo 2015.

Music Generation Sligo delivers an exciting range of long-term music education projects for children and young people as part of a national Music Generation programme initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education & Skills and Sligo Music Education Partnership. Music Generation Sligo is managed and funded locally by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Cranmore Regeneration and the local music sector.

RhonaMcGrath@msletb.ie | 071 913 8306 | www.musicgenerationsligo.com

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Join The Virtual Trad Orchestra At Hawk’s Well Theatre And Perform With Maura O’Connell

The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo has launched details of an innovative Irish Traditional Musical project that will bring together musicians from all over the world, digitally, to perform the ballad ‘The Salley Gardens’.

The Virtual Trad Orchestra is a ground breaking initiative that will premiere as part of the theatre’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann celebrations.

This innovative and ambitious multi-media project will demonstrate the worldwide popularity of Irish traditional music. Open to one and all, musicians and singers worldwide are invited to join in this ground-breaking project and perform the quintessential Sligo anthem ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’.

Participants will upload their musical contribution to the internet and the Hawk’s Well will curate all the submissions into one spectacular collaborative performance. In this live musical extravaganza the world’s finest traditional musicians will be joined digitally by musicians from all over the world, accompanied by stunning visual projections.
Join international singing sensation Maura O’Connell and the worlds’ finest traditional musicians in a performance of the Sligo anthem ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’. Some musicians involved with the project to date include Liam Kelly on flute, Tola Custy, Oisín MacDiarmada and Patsy Reid on fiddle, Joanie Madden on whistle, Jos Kelly and Alan Kelly on accordion and Rick Epping on concertina, Ed Boyd on guitar, Anna Houston on cello with Kieran Quinn on piano and conducting. Premiering on the 16th of August at Fleadh Cheoil 2015, this will be a true celebration of modern Irish culture in Sligo.

Full details on how to join the Virtual Trad Orchestra are available online from www.hawkswell.com.

How to get involved:
Visit www.hawkswell.com. and click on Virtual Trad Orchestra.
Visit ‘Take Part’ to select your instrument or voice part. Follow the online tutorial, download the score and rehearse your contribution.
Record your performance using a video and audio recording device.
Upload your contribution by July 27th 2015.
The Hawk’s Well Theatre will curate the submissions into one spectacular collaborative performance, premiering August 16th 2015 during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
You will now be part of the world’s first Virtual Trad Orchestra!

For further information contact Maeve McGowan, Marketing Manager, Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, maeve@hawkswell.com 071 916 1518

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Fleadh Cheoil Programmes To Screen Again On RTÉ

A repeat of Fleadh Cheoil on RTÉ 1 – Series starting on Friday 26th June at 8.30pm for a 6 week run, bringing us up to the start of Fleadh Cheoil 2015, which returns to Sligo between 9th-16th August. See www.fleadhcheoil.ie for details on events, concerts,competitions and much more.

Fleadh Cheoil is a series of six television programmes from the Sligo Fleadh Cheoil 2014 presented by John Creedon and Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin.

The annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann returned to Sligo after a lapse of 23 years.

The series will feature performances from musicians from Ireland, Britain, America, Spain and Colombia.

The series will showcase a host of musicians and singers who attended the Fleadh including Michael Rooney, Dermot Byrne, Bríd Harper, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Padraig McGovern, Peter Carberry, Tara Breen, Lisa Canny, Maura O’Connell, Brian Conway and Dave Sheridan.

Among the groups featured are Dervish, Téada, Moxie, Goitse, Skippers Alley, Portherhead, Breaking Trad, Iontas, Teaspeach and the Irish Concertina Ensemble.

The programmes will also include a visit to Scoil Éigse, the Scoil Éigse Tutors Concert and competitions including the Senior Céilí Band Competition.

A repeat of Fleadh Cheoil on RTÉ 1 – Series starting on Friday 26th June at 8.30pm for a 6 week run.

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Win a Wild Atlantic Way experience with the Fleadh

Sligo is one of the most exciting locations along the Wild Atlantic Way, and, to celebrate, we have a great competition for all of our Fleadh friends to enter, especially those of you who love the Great Outdoors and revel in the bracing Atlantic breeze!

In conjunction with our colleagues at Fáilte Ireland, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015 is delighted to offer a really cool prize in this month’s competition.

Entitled ‘Sea to Summit’, this prize for 2 people is really suited to those who love a little adventure!

Your day will begin with a guided walk up to the top of Ireland’s most iconic mountain, Ben Bulben, located just minutes from Sligo town.

After that bracing walk and climb, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as you head to Mullaghmore to enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at Eithna’s Seafood Restaurant. After lunch, take a stroll around the head of Mullaghmore to digest your lunch, before you finish the day with a real highlight.

Wetsuits, masks and snorkels at the ready, as you will discover the underwater beauty in Mullaghmore harbour, courtesy of North West Adventure Tours, who will provide you with all of the necessary safety training required.

To be in with a chance of winning this prize – all you have to do is answer the following question:

More info about Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way:
Sligo is the perfect spot for a fun and spine tingling adventure holiday, ranging from surfing to windsurfing and gravity defying kiteboarding! Wild Atlantic Way beaches like Enniscrone, Strandhill, Rosses Point & Mullaghmore have become internationally renowned and there are several surf schools in the area.

Stand up paddling is one of the fastest growing water sports worldwide. SUP can be done on any body of water – flat water or paddle surfing. It is easy to learn and great exercise and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Kayak Tours can be arranged to enjoy the beautiful coastal estuaries and tranquil inland lakes of Co. Sligo or sit back and enjoy one of the many boat trips available.

Fully equipped licensed boats are available for deep sea fishing around the coast with an experienced skipper to guide you. You can even enjoy a Catch and Cook where the fish you land is cooked for you in a local restaurant.

Deep Sea dive in some of Ireland’s amazing waters or enjoy a free Dive in Mullaghmore which hosts the only 2 Free Diving Schools nationally. Sligo is the Free Diving Capital of Ireland and it also offers you the opportunity to enjoy a range of open sea water activities from snorkelling to coasteering.

If you don’t fancy getting wet there is plenty to do on land as well, why not experience this natural beauty on Horseback or meander through rugged way marked trails, enchanting coastal paths, Looped walks along drumlins, mountains & country lanes. Be guided along ancient sites with expert archaeologists. Take in one of the regular Guided Walking Tours of Sligo or join in one of the many driving tours available. Rent a Bike for the day and experience some off road bike trails.

Try your hand at Paintballing, Go Karting or Clay Pigeon shooting.

Experience Golf in some of the top class courses and Links around the Yeats County.

Whatever your adventure you will not be disappointed!

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Fleadh Cheoil Open Day – Live on the Internet

The Fleadh Cheoil Open Day, a one-stop-shop for all of your Fleadh Cheoil questions, will be streamed live on the internet next Friday June 19th, between 9am-11am GMT+1 on www.fleadhcheoil.ie. The fun will continue from 12pm-1pm when Musician’s Corner will stream live on Twitter, enabling musicians to play in front of a live internet audience.

This live stream is part of the launch of Ireland’s biggest traditional Irish music festival which will take place in Sligo 9th-16th August next. The Open Day live Q&A on www.fleadhcheoil.ie will provide the online audience the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the Fleadh.

When will the competitions take place?
Where the caravan parks will be located?
Will there be shuttle buses?
Will the streets be pedestrianised?
If the hotels are booked out, how do I get accommodation?
How do I register as a Volunteer?
What instruments can I learn at Scoil Éigse?

These are just some of the many questions that the Fleadh is asked on a daily basis through social media. Now, you’ll get a chance to speak directly with members of the Fleadh team, who will be online for this web chat, which will also be broadcast live on Ocean FM.

“This is a new innovation for the Fleadh Cheoil,” says Fleadh public relations spokesperson Micheál Ó Domhnaill. “It is important for us to engage with the public in many different ways. It’s one thing to be in Sligo for the Open Day and to be able to meet someone to answer questions. But there will be thousands of visitors in Sligo for the Fleadh in August, and we want them to be able to prepare as fully as possible, and providing an online platform for them to pose questions relevant to their needs and requirements is really important to us.”

As the 9am-11am slot may not suit people in different parts of the world, the Fleadh media team will remain online throughout the day taking questions via the Fleadh Facebook and Twitter channels.

“We will respond personally to each of the questions we get, hopefully within minutes,” says Peter McCarrick, another member of the Fleadh team. “Certainly, we will respond to everyone, even if the questions they pose might take a little time to give them the response they need, but, with people likely to ask questions on everything from events to where to stay to things to do in Sligo, we’ll have a full team there to respond as quickly as possible.”

The Fleadh will also have the support of Fáilte Ireland and Sligo Tourism to ensure that visitors to the Fleadh Cheoil will also be able to take in the Wild Atlantic Way, and the many experiences Sligo has to offer from mountain walks to surfing to golf, and much more besides.

The Fleadh Cheoil Open Day will ensure that members of the Fleadh Cheoil team will meet face to face with members of the public. In addition, we’ll have lots of competitions and giveaways, plus the launch of specially commissioned Sligo video postcards, which show the county at its stunning best, as well as the launch of the new Fleadh Cheoil 2015 poster – created by artist Annie West – and much more besides.

Later on in the morning, there will be a chance for musicians to play live on the internet. Musician’s Corner will be set up at the venue, where any musicians attending the launch will get a chance to play a tune – in front of an appreciative online audience. This will be streamed on Twitter – follow the Fleadh twitter feed on @fleadhcheoil, using #sligofleadh2015. A prize goes to the musician who draws the biggest online audience.

In addition, TG4 will be there with their Fleadh TV team. Following on from last year’s wonderful live broadcasts from the Fleadh, the TG4 team have announced that their programmes will extend to 4 days this year, and that a second outdoor stage has been added.

So if you have a minute or an hour to spend next Friday June 19th, head over to The Glasshouse Hotel or join us online on www.fleadhcheoil.ie, as we look ahead to the return of the biggest traditional music festival in the world this August in Sligo.

Further Information:
www.fleadhcheoil.ie
pro@fleadhcheoil.ie
Tel: 071 9111 444
Int: +353 (0)71 9111444

 

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Win a luxury break in Sligo in our latest competition

This month Sligo celebrates Yeats 150 anniversary in style with food trails, craft fests, Lissadell parties and of course the special day itself, Yeats Day on June 13. We’ve put together a flavor of all the cultural highlights further down but before you step a toe onto Yeats Trail why not enter our fantastic Yeats Competition first and you could be in with a chance to win a luxury break in Sligo, chauffeur-driven transport, dinner and a cruise!

Win a luxury Yeats themed break in Sligo

This month two lucky Fleadh Cheoil fans will win a night in Strand Lodge and Suites, Strandhill, sail around the famous Lake Isle of Inisfree, dine in the Yeats Experience and enjoy luxury transport for the day. This fabulous prize includes:

  • Overnight Accommodation at the 4* Strand Lodge and Suites, Strandhill. Valid: Midweek Stay Sun-Thurs. Excluding July/August/Bank Holidays.
  • View the Lake Isle of Inisfree on the most memorable cruise with Rose of Inisfree Tour Boat.  www.roseofinnisfree.com
  • Enjoy lunch or dinner in the Yeats Experience. Dine at the heart of the Yeats Country, Sligo, at a family table while enjoying the best of Irish food and the poetry of William Butler Yeats.  www.yeatssligoireland.com
  • Be chauffeured around in luxury transport for the day with Zero Cab Tours

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Strand Lodge and Suites
It may be situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, but there’s nothing ‘Wild’ about the 4 Star ‘Strandhill Lodge and Suites’ nestling under Knocknarea in the heart of Strandhill village. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful County Sligo, the Strand Lodge and Suites’ 18 deluxe rooms and four Superior Suites are Fáilte Ireland, AA and Georgina Campbell approved 4 Star accommodation that caters for every taste.
The Strandhill Lodge and Suites are a multi award winning recipient of Tripadvisors Travellers choice since opening in 2011. Placing 1st, 3rd and 5th in Ireland and reaching a jaw-dropping 13th Best in the world in 2013, they are synonymous with placing their guests first with luxury and service.
The views from the Balconies and Patio rooms are an awe-inspiring sight, spanning the whole of Strandhill Bay and the coastline from Donegal to Mayo. The glorious red sunsets are among the most stunning settings on the west coast.

Be sure to ask for a sea-view room when booking; the views are spectacular!

Lough Gill Cruise
Sail around the Lake Isle of Innisfree and take in the breathtaking scenery of Lough Gill on board the majestic Rose of Innisfree cruiser. You’ll get a memorable view of the outstanding natural beauty of this lake and islands, steeped in myth and legend, that inspired Yeats to pen one of his most famous poems.

Yeats Experience Dining
Yeats Sligo Ireland’s husband and wife team Damien Brennan and Paula Gilvarry run the hugely popular Yeats Experience in their family home, Broc House on a spectacular beauty spot overlooking Lough Gill.
Damien’s maternal family, the Gallaghers, have lived on the farm at Broc House since at least 1824 and he has a life long interest in the Yeats family and especially the poet brother William Butler. He and Paula combine their passion for fine food, entertaining and the poetry, culture and heritage of Sligo into a wonderful evening. Paula sources the best of local and organic produce that she serves with skill and verve. Damien meanwhile introduces the Sligo area, the views from the windows and then blends all into the relevance and meaning of the best loved Yeats poetry.

Zero Cab Tours
Enjoy a leisurely tour of Yeats Country with Zero Cabs. They offer several tours of Sligo with an experienced and informed team of drivers. You’ll be taken along the shores of the majestic LoughGill to see the inspiring sights that grace the water.

Don’t miss Yeats Events in 2015

  • Yeats Day 2015 11-14 June
  • Lily & Loly Craftfest 12-20 June
  • Lissadell House-Great Yeats Birthday Party 12 June
  • So Sligo Yeats Food Trail 10-14 June
  • Textile Collective “Vivid Cloths” Exhibition, June 5-26, Teach Bán Gallery, Drumcliffe
  • ‘The Second Coming’ at the Hawk’s Well Theatre 6th and 9th of August
  • Tread Softly 28 July-8 August
  • Yeats International Summer School 26 July-7 August
  • Queen Maeve Trail on Knocknarea. www.sligowalks.ie
  • Free Guided Walking Tours of Sligo staring June 8 departing from the Tourist Information Office at 11am daily.

Follow Yeats Trail in Sligo
Welcome to Part Two of our Wild Atlantic Way series, offering you inspiration to get out and about as much as you can in Sligo, before, during and after Fleadh Cheoil. This month we highlight Yeats Trail in Sligo.
Walk in the footsteps of the poetry of WB Yeats around Sligo where he spent much of his youth and drew inspiration for some of his most famous poems. The Yeats Trail has been developed for those of you who love grand old houses, magnificent scenery, a fine flavour of Irish Culture and of course, great stories.
It includes Yeat’s Grave in Drumcliffe and nearby tearooms, Ireland’s leading contemporary art centre and home to many Jack B. Yeats works, The Model, a permanent exhibition on the life of W.B. Yeats at the Yeats Society in Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo County Museum’s Yeats collection and Yeats at One poetry readings daily at Hargadons bar, O’Connell Street, Sligo.
For Further Information on Yeats Trail please contact:

Sligo Tourist Information Office
O’Connell Street
Sligo
071 9161201
www.discoverireland.ie
www.facebook.com/sligotouristoffice
Twitter: @sligotouristoff
northwestinfo@failteireland.ie

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Hawk’s Well Theatre announces exciting line up of events for Fleadh Cheoil 2015

The Hawk’s Well Theatre has announced an exciting line up of events for Fleadh Cheoil 2015 with performances every night from Sunday 9th through to Sunday 16th of August, lunchtime performances from Tuesday through to Friday and family shows on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th. The Hawk’s Well theatre’s collaboration with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company The Second Coming will kick off Fleadh Cheoil at the theatre. This feast for the senses features Irish traditional music and dance, theatre, film and aerial circus, inspired by the return of W. B. Yeats. Produced by the Hawk’s Well and Fidget Feet this production performed at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in January of this year and tours Germany later in the year. Directed by Mikel Murfi it features an original live score.The Hawk’s Well Theatre has announced an exciting line up of events for Fleadh Cheoil 2015 with performances every night from Sunday 9th through to Sunday 16th of August, lunchtime performances from Tuesday through to Friday and family shows on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th. The Hawk’s Well theatre’s collaboration with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company The Second Coming will kick off Fleadh Cheoil at the theatre. This feast for the senses features Irish traditional music and dance, theatre, film and aerial circus, inspired by the return of W. B. Yeats. Produced by the Hawk’s Well and Fidget Feet this production performed at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in January of this year and tours Germany later in the year. Directed by Mikel Murfi it features an original live score by Michael Rooney and musicians Mike McGoldrick, Damien O’Kane and John Joe Kelly.

 

Following The Second Coming there is an impressive list of performers at the Hawk’s Well every night of Fleadh Cheoil 2015. Fleadh Fusions on Monday night from Music Generation Sligo features Zoe Conway and John McIntyre joined by Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta while talented young Sligo musicians, Oisin MacDiarmada, Brian Fitzgerald and Michael Rooney perform on Tuesday 11th supported by LOKI – one of Sligo’s most exciting emerging traditional music groups. Cathy Jordan and Friends will perform on Wednesday 12th, and Thursday sees Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin and Seamie O’Dowd perform together in an intimate setting. The ground breaking band Flook perform on Friday 14th; one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles  – Danú take to the stage on Saturday night and Fleadh Cheoil shows at the theatre finish up on Sunday night with The Songs of Gerry O’Beirne when Gerry will be joined by Maura O’Connell, Seamus Begley, Muireann NicAmhlaoibh, Pauline Scanlon and many, many more. The World’s First Virtual Trad Orchestra will perform The Salley Gardens as part of this performance.

Lunchtime performances take place from Tuesday through to Friday. Brian Rooney and Brian McGrath perform on Tuesday and Colm O’Donnell and Friends returns with his popular show from last year on Wednesday.  The Mulcahy Family from Abbeyfeale are on Thursday and Strings of the Heart celebrates couples in traditional Irish music on Friday.  Performances for families take place over the weekend with The Speks performing nursery rhymes set to traditional Irish music on Saturday and a delightful traditional Irish musical family show The Quiet Tree on Sunday.

To find out more about these events and to book tickets visit www.hawkswell.com.

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Fleadh Cheoil to Launch in Sligo Friday 5th June

“The countdown to the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo has begun,” is the message from Bartley Gavin, Chairperson of the Fleadh Cheoil 2015 ahead of the launch of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo.

The launch of the Fleadh will be performed by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, at the Sligo Park Hotel at 7:30pm on Friday June 5th. Also among the invited guests will be Senator Labhrás O Murchú, Ard Stiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Councillor Joe Queenan, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Michael Brennan, Chair of the Connacht Council of Comhaltas, Bartley Gavin, Chair of Fleadh Cheoil 2015, members of the Fleadh Executive Committee, Fleadh volunteers, sponsors, supporters, and many more.

“Last year we extended a great Sligo welcome to thousands of visitors to our county” said Mr. Gavin. This year, we aim not only to achieve this again, but to exceed the visitor numbers and experience and to build a bigger and better Fleadh than ever.”

The evening will begin with music in the foyer of the hotel, and the launch itself will take place in a conference room adjoining the main reception. Afterwards, musicians and other members of the public are invited to take part in various music sessions throughout the hotel.

Ahead of the launch of the Fleadh Cheoil, Labhrás O Murchú, Ard Stiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann said that he is looking forward to another exciting week of music in August. “Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is one of Ireland’s greatest cultural attractions, and year after year grows in numbers and in terms of profile internationally. Last year, Sligo really pulled off a huge community effort in delivering what was a really remarkable and memorable Fleadh, and this year we look forward to more of the same,” he said.

Anne Gorby, Head of Volunteering at Fleadh Cheoil 2015, adds: “The Fleadh is an incredible opportunity for Sligo to be showcased to the world. Last year, huge numbers of individuals and community groups got involved, offering to become volunteers for a day, and many of them helped out for the entire week. This is another opportunity for these, and for new people to get on board.”

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Aerial view of Sligo during Fleadh Cheoil 2014 (photo courtesy Donal Hackett)

With just 10 weeks to go before the biggest worldwide traditional Irish music festival returns to Sligo for the second consecutive year, the Fleadh team is busy putting together an major programme of concerts, workshops, classes, competitions and more.

The Fleadh Cheoil 2015 Open Day will take place on Friday 19th June at the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo. Members of the public will be able to drop in at any time during the day to find out all they need to know about the Fleadh, from volunteering to offering accommodation, merchandise to Seachtain na hÉigse. There will also be lots of spot prizes and competitions, and the event will be broadcast live on Ocean FM between 9-11am.

The Fleadh programme itself will also be extended this year to include hundreds of events. Due to the success of the outdoor gig rig last year we have increased the number of days the gig rig will be in operation from 6 days to 8. This will mean that a free programme of events will take place every day from opening Sunday August 9th through the entire week until the Fleadh draws to a close the following Sunday August 16th. A second outdoor stage has also been added outside of City Hall on Quay St., and this will ensure that different parts of Sligo will be able to cater for the large numbers of visitors expected to descent on the north west for the week.

In addition, the hugely popular Fleadh TV, which was broadcast live on TG4 last year over 3 nights, will this year increase to 4 nights, from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th inclusive. The shows will feature some of the biggest names in traditional Irish music, as well as provide a platform for many of the up and coming musicians who will become the names to look out for at this year’s Fleadh. RTÉ Radio will broadcast live from the Fleadh and will also record their 6-part television series. Raidió na Gaeltachta and Ocean FM will also broadcast live, and these, along with our other media partners – The Irish Independent and Sligo Champion, will ensure that the Fleadh message is delivered across print and digital platforms in the coming weeks.

For details on the Fleadh Cheoil 2015 programme visit www.FleadhCheoil.ie. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Sligo, Ireland between 9th-16th August next. 

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Fleadh Cheoil 2015 to score with Sligo Rovers

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is delighted to announce a partnership with Sligo Rovers, who will host the Marching Bands competition during the Fleadh Cheoil next August 9th-16th.

This partnership will be launched next Saturday May 16th at The Showgrounds, where the Fleadh will be official sponsor of Sligo Rovers for the home game v Drogheda United (kick off is 7:45pm).

While the Rovers’ results may not have been great of late (a temporary measure we are sure), we are delighted to team up with them ahead of what will be a very busy period for Rovers and for the Fleadh in the weeks and months ahead. And whether you are a regular Sligo Rovers supporter or an occasional visitor to The Showgrounds, we’d urge you to get out and support the Bit o’ Red this Saturday.

Screen shot 2015-05-12 at 14.59.31In the build up to the match on Saturday, supporters will be greeted by Fleadh Cheoil musicians as they enter the grounds. In addition, the Fleadh team will be in attendance to meet and greet patrons, distribute information and give advice about how to sign up to help as a Fleadh Volunteer, register a room for visitors or answer any other questions.

Fleadh Chairperson Bartley Gavin will speak at half time to those in attendance about major plans for Fleadh 2015, which will include hundreds of events, concerts, street sessions and much more besides. We saw what a wonderful job the Fleadh did in transforming the streets of Sligo last August, and the plan this year is for Sligo to host an even bigger Fleadh this time around. But this can only be done with the help and support of the entire community, so get involved and support the Fleadh.

Screen shot 2015-05-12 at 14.58.59Whether you are new to the Fleadh or were one of the 1500+ who got involved last year, and whether you are interested in helping for a few hours or for a few days, we’ll be delighted to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.

So get down to the Showgrounds on Saturday, support the Rovers, support the Fleadh, and we look forward to meeting you all there.

For details on Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which takes place in Sligo from 9th-16th August 2015, visit www.fleadhcheoil.ie or follow our social media feeds.

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Win a luxury break in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo

Fleadh Cheoil has some fabulous competitions lined up for Fleadh supporters this year. Our first giveaway this month is a Two-night Bed & Breakfast Midweek break for two people in the stylish and sophisticated surrounds of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo.Radisson logo

The break is valid Sunday to Thursday inclusive and valid to June 2015. www.radissonblue.ie/hotel-sligo.

All you have to do to enter is answer the following question:

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