AFTER a hugely successful Fleadh in 2007, Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan will return to Newcastle West this year from July 13 to 16.
Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan brings competitors from all six counties in the province to compete for the honour of representing Munster at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022 in Mullingar.
Limerick Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) County Board, with support from the branches of Comhaltas all over County Limerick, will host the festival in the historic county town of Limerick.
Having originally been revealed by Munster CCÉ as host town for the provincial Fleadh in 2020, excitement is starting to build in Newcastle West once more after the 2020 Fleadh had to be cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.
A new committee has been formed and is working hard to make all necessary arrangements for the first Munster Fleadh since it was hosted by Ennis in 2019.
At the launch last Friday afternoon at The Red Door Gallery in Newcastle West, Fleadh Chairman Liam Guiney shared his delight at the return to pre-pandemic cultural events.
“We are extremely excited to be hosting Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan 2022 in Newcastle West. Having been forced online for the last two years, there is a great appetite to get back to competitions and the buzz that surrounds an event like the Fleadh.
“Along with it being a huge cultural event for Newcastle West and West Limerick, it will also be a massive boost to the local economy,” Mr Guiney added.
The competitions, which form the backbone of the Fleadh, will take place from July 13 to 16. Wednesday and Thursday will see the hotly contested dancing competitions fought out, while all other competitions will take place across Friday and Saturday. Newcastle West is set to come alive with the sound of music, song and dance in this enormous cultural celebration.
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