SCOIL FLEADH NUA
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.):
for Registration Details.
Templegate Hotel – 3.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 22nd to 27th
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
SET DANCING WORKSHOPS
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,
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,
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
GUIDED WALKING TOUR
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 www.fleadhnua.com Fleadh
Nua is organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
on a voluntary not for profit basis.