Connacht Fleadh 2024 Programme

Monday 1st July

  • 11.00am

     

    Our Voice FM

    Our Voice FM is a local Internet radio station run by the Brothers of Charity.  It’s all about giving people a platform and featuring people in the community who haven’t had their voices heard.

    The station, which features volunteers including Brothers of Charity staff and those who avail of services, broadcasts across the world from their studio on Elphin Street in Strokestown.

    The Fleadh Committee members will conduct interviews to share details about the week’s events. Local musicians will perform a selection of tunes and songs during the show.

  • 7.30pm

     

    Percy French Appreciation Night

    Location: Strokestown Park House

    William Percy French was born on the 1st May 1854 at Cloonyquin House, Co. Roscommon and was an acclaimed poet, writer, humourist, and artist.

    Join us for a delightful evening filled with the music and songs of one of Co. Roscommon’s most accomplished composers.

  • 9.00pm

     

    Open Singing Sessions

    Location:  Percy French Hotel

    Join us for a lively open singing session where everyone is welcome to showcase their talents!

  • 10.00pm

     

    Open Trad Session

    Location:  Percy French Hotel

    Join us in the front bar of the Percy French Hotel for a lively gathering of local musicians, where the vibrant sounds of Irish Trad take center stage.

Tuesday 2nd July

  • 11.00am

     

    Outdoor Bowling Games

    Location:  Strokestown Community Centre Bowling Green.

    Introducing the newest facility in Strokestown: The Lawns Bowling Green. Discover the excitement of this timeless game, perfect for all ages. Come and experience the joy of lawn bowling at this fantastic new facility!

  • 6.00pm

     

    A talk from Marie Gilloohy on "The Souls of Ranelagh" & the First Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland

    Location:  Strokestown Park House

    The Souls of Ranelagh is a new stone sculture located outside Roscommon town to commemorate, depict and represent the forgotten souls of a nearby townland, Ranelagh, who had been excavated during an archaeological dig in 2015/2016..  Join Marie Gilloohy as she tells their long-forgotten story.

    Did you know the very first Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland took place in Roscommon?  Hear all about it.

  • 7.30pm

     

    Flute Fest

    Location:  Strokestown Park House

    Get ready for an unforgettable evening as we bring together the finest flute players around Connacht!  Open to all flute enthusiasts, come join us for a relaxed gathering filled with toe-tapping tunes and infectious rhythms. It’s a chance to enjoy the music, connect with fellow flute friends, and have a fantastic time.

  • 10.00pm

     

Wednesday 3rd July

  • 11.00am

     

    Open 18 Hole Golf Competition

    Location: Strokestown Golf Club

    Join us for an exhilarating open golf competition at the stunning Strokestown Golf Club, welcoming golf fans from across Connacht! This event is open to men, ladies, and juniors, promising a day filled with excitement, camaraderie, and fantastic prizes.

    After the game, indulge in delicious refreshments as you bask in the beauty of our fabulous club.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to tee off in style and create unforgettable memories on the course!

  • 12.00pm

     

    Sean Nos Dancing Workshop

    Location:  Strokestown Community Centre

    Eileen Guckian will be hosting a Sean Nos dancing workshop for the Brothers of Charity.

  • 7.30pm

     

    History of the Uileann Piping from Historian Michael Kelly

    Location:  Strokestown Park House

    Roscommon has a proud heritage of traditional music, but an aspect that’s often neglected is the county’s piping tradition, which stretches way back.  Sit back and hear the fascinating story of Uileann piping in Co. Roscommon.

  • 9.00pm

     

    CD Launch - John Wynne & John McEvoy

    Location:  Strokestown Park House

    John Wynne (Flute) and John McEvoy (Fiddle), are set to unveil their new album, “The Dancer at the Fair”.  Wynne and McEvoy are seasoned performers with a wealth of experience and rich history of collaboration.  Join us for an exciting evening of new tunes!

  • 10.00pm

     

    County Sessions: Roscommon & Sligo

    Location:  Beirne’s Bar

    Musicians from Roscommon & Sligo collaborate for a night of Traditional music.

Thursday 4th July

  • 11.00am

     

    Cupán Cainte

    Location:  The Hub Cafe

    Strokestown CCÉ is delighted to bring back our Conversation Irish Group for Adults! After the resounding success of our gatherings in 2023, we’re thrilled to reconvene for another delightful morning of chats and coffee “As Gaeilge”.

    Join us for a relaxed and enjoyable morning, where you can practice your Irish language skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Come along and be part of the conversation!

  • 7.00pm

     

    Official Opening of Connacht Fleadh 2024

    Location:  Strokestown Park House

    The official opening of the Connacht Fleadh and Fleadh an Phobail for 2024 will be hosted in the fabulous grounds Strokestown Park House.

    A warm welcome will be extended to the members and Representatives from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the Connacht Council and County Branches, the Roscommon County Council and the Irish Hertiage Trust members attending the launch.

    Followed by a performance from the 2023 All Ireland Céilí band champions “The Pipers Cross Céilí”.

  • 10.00pm

     

    County Session: Mayo & Roscommon

    Location:  Hanly’s Bar

    Musicians from Mayo & Roscommon collaborate for a night of Traditional Irish Music

Friday 5th July

  • 12.00pm

     

    Dancing Competition

    Location:  Strokestown Community Centre

    The Connacht Finals of the Set and Céilí dancing competitions bring together the top dancers from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. All the groups have qualified through their respective county competition with the winners of the Connacht Competitions progressing to the All Ireland Fleadh.

  • 11.00am

     

    Market Day Trad Sessions

    Location:  Supervalu Supermarket

  • 1.00pm

     

    Market Day Trad Sessions

    Location:  Spar Supermarket

  • 7.00pm

     

    Wellness Evening

    Location:  Strokestown Community Centre

    Enjoy an evening of relaxation with Christine Collins, Worthy of Wellbeing a certified Reiki Master, Mindfulness & Meditation Practitioner and Sound Healer.

    Enjoy Breathwork, Mindfulness exercises, Guided meditations and Connecting with likeminded people

  • 8.00pm

     

    Music Concert

    Location:  Strokestown Church

    An incredible lineup for our Connacht Fleadh 2024 concert in Strokestown, a double bill featuring Gatehouse and Téada with Niamh Farrell.

    Join us for an unforgettable evening of traditional Irish music that promises to delight music enthusiasts of all ages.

Saturday 6th July

  • 10.00am

     

    Music & Singing Competitions

    Location:  Scoil Mhuire Strokestown

    The Connacht Finals of the Music and Singing competitions bring together the top performers from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. All the groups have qualified through their respective county competition with the winners of the Connacht Competitions progressing to the All Ireland Fleadh.

  • 10.00am

     

    Céilí Bands & Grúpaí Ceoil Competions

    Location:  Strokestown Community Centre

    The Connacht Finals of the Céilí Band & Grúpaí Ceoil competitions bring together the top performers from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. All the groups have qualified through their respective county competition with the winners of the Connacht Competitions progressing to the All Ireland Fleadh.

  • 3.00pm

     

    Singing Performance

    Location:  Strokestown Park House Cafe

    Enjoy a cuppa while delighting in the beautiful singing voices of the Brennan Sisters.

    Attracta, Siobhan & Brenda all hailing from Strokestown

  • 4.00pm

     
  • 9.00pm

     

    Céili

    Location:  Percy French Hotel

    The Swallows Tail Ceili Band will be providing the tunes for an unforgettable night of Ceili dancing.

  • 10.00pm

     

Sunday 7th July

  • 9.00am

     

    Fleadh Mass

    Location: Strokestown Church

    Fleadh mass featuring local musicians.

  • 10.00am

     

    Music & Singing Competitions

    Location:  Scoil Mhuire Strokestown

    The Connacht Finals of the Music and Singing competitions bring together the top performers from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. All the groups have qualified through their respective county competition with the winners of the Connacht Competitions progressing to the All Ireland Fleadh.

  • 10.00am

     

    Céilí Bands & Grúpaí Ceoil Competions

    Location:  Strokestown Community Centre

    The Connacht Finals of the Céilí Band & Grúpaí Ceoil competitions bring together the top performers from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. All the groups have qualified through their respective county competition with the winners of the Connacht Competitions progressing to the All Ireland Fleadh.

  • 2.00pm

     
  • 3.00pm

     

    Trad Music Session

    Location:  Strokestown Park House Cafe

    Enjoy a cuppa while listening to some trad tunes from Paddy Murray and friends.

  • 10.00pm

     
  • 10.00pm