This years Ulster Fleadh is Castlewellan bound with a week of traditional music and dance for the village from 23 - 29 July.

Musicians, business people and supporters of the Ulster Fleadh met at The Lodge in Castlewellan yesterday to announce the event.

Graine Scullion, Chairperson of the County Down Fleadh committee, speaking at the meeting said: "The annual Ulster Fleadh (Fleadh Uladh) is a yearly festival run by the Comhaltas, the traditional music organisation in Ireland. This is the largest traditional music festival in the Ulster region and is held in different towns and cities each year. This year we are delighted that Castlewellan will have the honours of hosting it.

Members of Newcastle Comhaltas are starting their preparations for the Ulster Fleadh in Castlewellan.
Members of Newcastle Comhaltas are starting their preparations for the Ulster Fleadh in Castlewellan.

"Traditional Irish musicians and dancers will have a platform to showcase their great talents around the halls, streets and pubs in the town. It will be a fantastic week and will good weather we can expect huge crowds.

"Irish language too is also celebrated along with singing, theatre and storytelling involving members from all areas of the community.

Ms Scullion added "Castlewellan has an excellent history of hosting the Fleadh Uladh and has done so in 1997, 1998, 2008, 2009,and 2010. With the support of the Comhaltas organisation, these events are renowned for generating large crowds and are supported by the generosity of the business sector and the wider community.

"Castlewellan is an attractive setting for this year's Fleadh and it certainly provides a very welcome boost to local businesses."

This years Fleadh will provide a huge cultural boost for County Down and accomodation, restaurtants and shops will all benefit from the 25,000 visitors to the local area. It's expected that the week will generate £2.25M for the local economy. A team of over 200 volunteers will help ensure the event runs smoothly.

Slieve Croob Councillor Mark Murnin said: "It is great to see already a large team of volunteers and businesses coming together to support the organisation of the Ulster Fleadh. This will definitely be a great cultural boom for County Down and a major economic event for Castlewellan town as business will boom for the week of the Fleadh. And the many volunteers too that take part also will help to make this event a success."

Councillor John Rice added: "The Ulster Fleadh is a tremendous event to host and I am delighted that it is being held in Castlewellan this year. There is a dedicated local team in the Newcastle Comhaltas and many supporters through the Gaelic clubs and beyond across the County. I'm sure local business will get behind this event and help make it a memorable week for all."

If you want to help sponsor the event contact hosts Newcastle CCE on 077 43487034

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