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Bandon set to host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí

The Cork County Fleadh Cheoil will come to Bandon for the first time this year hosted by Baile Núis (Newcestown) branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann . Competitions will take place at St Brogan’s College on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th and at Bandon GAA Pavilion on Monday 01st May. Traditional musicians, dancers, singers, and storytellers will compete, participate and contribute to this significant event within the history of the CCÉ Baile Núis branch, and the town of Bandon.

Carmel O’Mahony Chair of CCÉ Baile Núis Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí

organising committee, and Margaret Keily Chair of Cork County Board of CCÉ.

In the run-up to the Fleadh weekend with its competitions, there will be a Fleadh Concert on 15th April in Bandon with Tim O’Riordan & Ger Murphy of ‘Natural Gas’, a Singing Night on 21st April, and Fleadh Céilí on 22nd April in Newcestown Hall with music from Uí Bhriain.

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí is a traditional music competition; and so much more. The Fleadh is the beating-heart of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and a celebration of the passion, talent and energy which pulses within Irish traditional music.

Performers compete as soloists, duets/trios, or as groups, bands or sets. There are four age categories; under 12, under 15, under 18, and senior 18+. Each county runs its County Fleadh accepting entries from anyone in that county. Competitors succeeding at the County Fleadh progress to compete at the Provincial Fleadh in Tralee, and from there to the National All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August in Mullingar.

Each of the main traditional instruments has its own individual solo competition in each age-group, with further categories including miscellaneous ‘Rogha Gléas’. The Banna Chéilí and the Grúpa Cheoil formats respectively see up to 10 and 20 musicians performing together on-stage. Other solo competitions include singing, lilting, story-telling and comhrá Gaeilge; whilst dancing competitions include céilí, set and sean- nós dancing disciplines. The Cork County Fleadh is amongst the largest in Ireland with participants from CCE Branches across the county.

Musicians dancers and singers from CCÉ Baile Núis have enjoyed much success at county, provincial and national Fleadhs. In particular, at Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann in 2022, along with multiple individual and group achievements at this all-Ireland level, CCÉ Baile Núis enjoyed unprecedented success in Bannaí Céili across three age categories of that hard-fought competition.

Spectators are welcome to attend, and experience the skill, dedication and passion in the various competitions each day. Simply purchase a day-long wristband at the venue door on the day, to access any competition on that day. Traditional music sessions are planned in pubs around Bandon later in the evenings.

The successful running of a weekend like this requires a lot of manpower. We are grateful to those that have volunteered to steward/ help during the Fleadh weekend. If you have some time to spare and would like to help, you may contact We would be delighted to hear from you.

CCE Baile Núis wish to express profound gratitude to St Brogan’s College and Bandon GAA for use of their venues, and Bandon Coop and ABP Meats for parking facilities. Cork County Council and Cork County Comhaltas have also provided strong support. We appreciate the generosity of local businesses who have also supported the effort by purchasing advertisements in the printed programme, and MSD-Brinny has contributed significantly as a main sponsor.

The overall message from the organising committee is one of encouragement to anyone with an interest in Irish traditional performing arts, to come along and enjoy the energy and fun of the Fleadh in Bandon, on the May Holiday weekend.

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