The 2013 Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo will take place in Swinford on the weekend of 10th, 11th and 12th May.
Swinford is no stranger to Fleadhanna Cheoil having hosted a number of County Fleadhs and Provincial Fleadhs over the years.
Indeed Swinford hosted Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 1961, an event that was remembered at celebrations just two years ago.
The Mayo Fleadh Cheoil has taken on added significance these past few years and is now a major cultural event on the county calendar.
Such cultural events have an ever increasing role to play in these times of economic recession.
Never had the Fleadh Cheoil such an important role to play as it has this year, the year of The Gathering. Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo 2013 takes place on the 11th and 12th May and will be preceeded by a week of various cultural events.
Swinford is an ideal venue for Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo. East Mayo always had, and still has, a rich tradition of traditional music, song and dance.
An extremely hard working local committee, under the watchful eyes of local Chairperson Barbara Fogarty and local Secretary, Maureen Noone have put in long hours this past few months to ensure that Fleadh Mhaigh Eo 2013 will be successful and that there will be something for everybody.
Oscailt Oifigiúl na Fleidhe will take place on Friday, 10th May, in the Gateway Hotel at 8.00 p.m. This will be followed by the Fleadh Céilí in the Gateway Hotel at 9.30 p.m. with the Swallow’s Tail providing the music. The various hosteleries around the town will also host music sessions with guest musicians on the night.
Fleadh Mhaigh Eo Saturday is an action-packed day from early morning to the late hours Under 12 and 12 – 15 singing, music and Comhrá Gaeilge competitions take place in Scoil Mhuire agus Pádraig.
All competitions take place in the school with the exception of the dancing competitions which take place in the Gateway Hotel. Entertainment will take place in the Main Street on the Saturday afternoon while Aifreann na Fleidhe will be celebrated in the local church on Saturday evening at 6.30 p.m.
The day finishes with a Concert in the Gateway Hotel featuring a feast of high calibre artistes. This will be a concert with a difference and not to be missed by Fleadh Cheoil fraternity.
Sunday, 12th May, will see competitions resume in Scoil Muire agus Pádraig at 11.00 a.m. Set Dancing Competitions commence are in the Gateway Hotel. Comórtaisí in the U.18 and senior sections are the main feature on the Sunday. The day will finish up with the best of Trad sessions in the local hosteleries.
The organising committee expect it to be Swinford’s best Fleadh ever and huge numbers of visitors are expected. The box and the bodhran, the flute and the fiddle, the whistle and the harp will echo throughout the town welcoming friends from near and far.
Beidh fáilte roimh chách.
Our featured picture shows Swinford musicians entertaining the attendance at the launch of this year’s Mayo Fleadh to be held in Swinford on the weekend of May 10th/11th/12th. Looking forward to a wonderful weekend of music, song and dance are musicians seated from left, Sean Lavin, Paddy McDonnell, Grace McDonnell, Ellen Hynes, Jimmy Murphy, Stephen McDonnell and Paddy Lavin. Standing from left, Basil McDonnell, Sean Gallagher, Jim Leonard and John McHugh.