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Scoil Fleadh Nua provides an educational aspect to the feast of traditional entertainment that constitutes Fleadh Nua.

Ennis C.B.S. Primary School – 10.30 a.m. Saturday, 27th May
Workshops in the most popular Traditional Musical Instruments form the backbone of Scoil Fleadh Nua. Drawing on the resources of the World Irish Music Centre at the University of Limerick, co-ordinator, Deirdre O’Brien Vaughan has assembled a top class tutor list in an impressive array of instruments as follows:


Concertina: Tony O'Connell
Fiddle: Aidan O'Donnell
Flute: Eamon Riordan
Button Accordion: Derick Hickey
Tin Whistle: Janis Banis
Uileann Pipes: Michael Smyth
Banjo: Karl Lynch
Harp: Kathleen Keenan
Bodhrán: Kevin O'Donnell

Workshops are offered at Beginner (10.30 a.m.), Intermediate (11.45 a.m.), and Advanced Levels (1.00 p.m.):

See for Registration Details.

Templegate Hotel – 3.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 22nd to 27th May

One of the aims of Comhaltas is to foster and promote the Irish Language at all times and Fleadh Nua is delighted to host “Focal ar Fhocal”. “Focal ar Fhocal” is an innovative approach to language learning based on the most frequently used patterns gleaned from the ordinary conversations of native speakers. Learners practice constructing sentences from these patterns an approach which in the view of most linguists is more beneficial than mere rote learning. “Focal ar Fhocal” runs daily from Monday to Friday. Saturday sees an “Irish for Beginners Class” which has been arranged in conjunction with local language group, An Clár as Gaeilge. Mar sin, caith seal leis an teanga ag an bhFleadh - is fearrde thú sin.

The Sanctuary, Queen’s Hotel – 8.00 p.m. Friday, 26th & 2.30 p.m. Saturday, 27th May
Join Mike Mahony at the Queen’s Hotel for instruction in Clare Sets and Two Hand Dances. Then, put your lessons into practice at any of the nightly Céilithe at Fleadh Nua.

Templegate Hotel – 2.00 p.m. Saturday, 27th & 1.30 p.m. Sunday, 28th May
Seanchaí, Eddie Lenihan invites you to journey back with him to an Ireland which is barely recognisable from the workaday “Celtic Tiger”-scape of today. For in Eddie’s Ireland Supernatural Happenings are commonplace and with Malevolent Spirits, and the Little People holding sway, life is far from ordinary for those people whose paths they cross. As well as relating stories in his own inimitable style, Eddie also talks about the ancient art of storytelling. A real treat for young and old alike.

Templegate Hotel – 8.00 p.m. Tuesday, 23rd & 7.00 p.m. Sunday, 28th May
On Tuesday evening, eminent Musicologist, John O’Regan will present a lecture on “Trends in Traditional Music over the Last Half Century”. This lecture will be of interest to followers and observers of the traditional music scene and will undoubtedly generate much discussion and debate. A CD Launch will follow the lecture.

The 1956 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is widely regarded as a pivotal event in the Renaissance of our Traditional Arts. Among the principal architects of the success of the Fleadh was Seán Reid whose enduring influence on traditional music in County Clare is acknowledged by an Fleadh Nua in the annual lecture which bears his name. This year Séamus Mac Mathúna’s talk will enable listeners to gain an insight into the life and times of Seán Reid.

O’Connell Square – 11.45 a.m. Sunday, 28th May
A stroll through the narrow streets of Ennis in the company of Local Historian, Sonia Schormann lends an extra dimension to a programme of events that is packed with music, song and dance. Walk in the footsteps of Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, and Eamon de Valera and enjoy the tangible cultural heritage of the town.

Clare Museum – 7.00 p.m. Monday, 22nd & 10.00 a.m. Tuesday to Sunday, 23rd to 28th May
In an exciting joint venture, Clare Museum and Cois na hAbhna Regional Archive have combined their resources for an exhibition of memorabilia and information on Traditional Music from County Clare for the week of the Fleadh.

See full event details at Fleadh Nua is organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann on a voluntary not for profit basis.


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