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The Ulster Fleadh is underway this week in the beautiful village of Castlewellan with a great depth of events all week, but especially at the weekend.

Last time the Ulster Fleadh was held in Castlewellan was 2010. In the intervening years the festival has gone from strength to strength attracting many thousands of visitors over it's July weekend.

The Newry, Mourne and Down Trad Orchestra will perform at the Ulster Fleadh with support from Colum Sands. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The Newry, Mourne and Down Trad Orchestra will perform at the Ulster Fleadh with support from Colum Sands. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

From concerts to walks to film and of course sessions, there is no shortage of things to do.

Highlights include a concert this Tuesday 24 July with the CEOL group and Castlewellan Interchurch Choir at 7pm in The Lodge, a Hip Hop Dance workshop as Gaeilge Wednesday 25 from 11.30am to 1.30pm at The Lodge and Newry, Mourne and Down Trad Orchestra with support from Colum Sands in St Malachy's Church on Thursday 26 at 7pm.

The Ulster Fleadh in Castlewellan in the 80's. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The Ulster Fleadh in Castlewellan in the 80's. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Official opening night has dancing competitions, Session Trail, Sets Céilí and a singing session at various venues around Castlewellan.

Saturday and Sunday bring the main competitions, open air gigs, sessions, childrens events and the Fleadh Parade at 9pm (Saturday).

Check out the Ulster Fleadh website for more information on events at www.ulsterfleadh.com

 

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