CCÉ LEAC SNÁMHA Well the cuckoo has been heard and Fleadh Cheoil Lixnaw is almost on our doorstep so there is nothing left but to thank everyone involved in preparing everyone for the Fleadh.
Teachers, parents, helpers and of course all the young members themselves, good luck to them all and they bring pride to the town of Lixnaw and their families no matter what the result.
The Fleadh Cheoil (Irish pronunciation: [fʲlʲaː çoːlʲ], meaning "festival of music") is an Irish music competition run by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ). There are various stages to the competition. In Ireland there are county and provincial competitions leading to the All-Ireland Fleadh.
Fleadh Cheoil Lixnaw is the most important event in the towns traditional music calendar. For many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being a champion.
For others it is a unique and welcoming festival of the best of traditional arts that offers a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all.
In any town in County Kerry and any town in Ireland when there is a Fleadh Cheoil held you will see it full of people dragging wheelie suitcases and musical instruments through its streets as Fleadh Cheoil is the biggest traditional Irish music festival on the planet.
Fleadh Cheoil is regularily attended by up to and over 350,000 people.
The Fleadh is a magnet for the “larger Irish family” and also for people with no links to County Kerry or Ireland. Visitors with neither ancestral nor geographic links to Ireland but who, with a curiosity that we all welcome, have developed a kinship with the Irish through culture and the folk traditions.
A lot has changed over the years. Fleadh hoodies and T-shirts are the attire of choice for many young musicians. The official Fleadh cheoil website is encouraging them to play music, make new friends and take music selfies.
The elite of the traditional music world will arrive throughout the week and will be warmly welcomed, judging from the number of signs outside pubs declaring “musicians welcome”. “Sterling welcome” is another popular notice.
There is always an action-packed programme of events for the Fleadh. These include a wide selection of outdoor and indoor concerts and events, céilithe, workshops, sessions, exhibitions and most importantly the Munster Fleadh competitions where competitors from the six counties of Munster will compete for a place in the next year’s All-Ireland Fleadh.
Some interesting places to see while you are in Lixnaw are the Korean War Memorial. The memorial was erected to honour the Irish soldiers who died in the Korean War.
A total of twenty-nine Irishmen died while serving under conscription in the US Army under the banner of the UN from 1950-1953. The monument takes the form of a stone arch, 12 feet (3.7 m) high and 17 feet (5.2 m) wide with three granite slabs on which all 35 names, addresses and dates of death are inscribed.
The annual Féile Cheoil will incorporate step dancing, music. singing & Comhrá Gaeilge competitions as well as a celebrity concert.
All events will be held in the Ceolarn Cultural Centre. Lixnaw.
Contact. Bridie Stack/Liz O`Keeffe
Tel: 086 164 2373/087 917 3274