Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan 2013 will be hosted by Castletroy CCÉ from 14-21 July in UL and the Castletroy area. Events include; Celebrity Bainisteoir, concerts featuring; Líadan, Glór na mBán 2, The Walls of Limerick dance concert, a tribute to Mick Moloney in the University Concert Hall and Goitse. Fleadh Ceilithe 2013 will feature Taylors Cross and Striolán. Workshops in song composition with Con ‘fada’ O Drisceoil, a band workshop with Goitse, Sean Nos dancing with Emma O’Sulllivan and traditional solo sets with Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain are also on the agenda along with a film night and CD launches. This is not to mention the session trail, gig rig, singers club and the fleadh music, song and dance competitions plus much more, check out a full table of events at munsterfleadh.ie. There is definitely something for everyone at this year’s “Munster Fleadh”. In the words of Professor Ó Súilleabháin “Welcome to the feast”
President Don Barry of the University of Limerick (UL) noted that the university are proud to host the upcoming 53rd Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan. Speaking at the launch of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan 2013 last Wednesday at Plassey house, UL President Barry welcomed a receptive crowd of Comhaltas members, academics and sponsors alike to enjoy this “wonderful event”. President Barry acknowledged the work of Comhaltas and the local branch and acknowledged this event as a “tribute to the traditional Arts”. Cathaoirleach of Fleadh na Mumhan, Niall Keegan, welcomed everyone “home” to the university for the Fleadh, “CCÉ consists of a national set of arts practitioners central to the identity of the nation, nurturing the plants that grow to define Irish and Irishness” (Keegan,N. 2013). Mr Keegan continued by stating that the philosophies of the university, the Irish World Academy and the fleadh match, “you will hear the same sounds at fleadh-time and term-time”. Niall also thanked the contribution of the many sponsor of the fleadh with out whom the event would be not possible.
Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin who also spoke at the launch acknowledged the work of Comhaltas in “putting new shoes on traditional feet”. “The traditional music of Ireland resurrected, stood upright, and walked forward” (Ó Súilleabháin, M, 2013). Professor Ó Súilleabháin noted that the strong community and voluntary identity of Comhaltas arriving at the gates of the university “creates a global wind that would fly this flag even higher”. Cathaoirleach of Comhairle na Mumhan, Tadhg Ó Maolcatha also spoke on the night and paid a fitting tribute to the volunteers at all level of the organisation along with acting Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Dr. Sandra Joyce.
On officially launching Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan 2013 Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir of CCÉ acknowledged the economic contribution of the fleadh to area and continued by adding that the value and contribution of cultural tourism to the economy of Ireland is vital. Senator Ó Murchú identified the work done by the Castletroy branch of CCÉ on creating and innovative and unique programme of events surrounding Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan. These events include ceilithe, concerts, recitals, fleadh competitions and workshops plus much more. Among the great crowd were the winners of the Munster fleadh poster competition. Participants came from the primary schools in the area.