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A lively trad music session in The Bank Bar, Newry saw the launch of Iúr Cinn Fleadh - Newry City Music Festival 2016 which will see a spectacular amount of live trad and folk music at many many venues throughout Newry.

This year’s festival will take place from 8th to 11th September 2016.

Marian McGauley and Fil Campbell play at the launch of Iur Cinn Fleadh in The Bank Bar. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Marian McGauley and Fil Campbell play at the launch of Iur Cinn Fleadh in The Bank Bar. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Fleadh was launched by Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Gillian said "Well done to the committee for making this such a success, even before it gets off the ground there has been a lot of talk about it. Looking forward to some of the events, especially the cruise, I think that's going to be fantastic."

 

Now in its third year, Iúr Cinn Fleadh draws on widely acclaimed artists from across Ireland and the UK, giving it an exciting brand of sounds and activity that appeals to a variety of tastes - whether they be rooted to core traditional or more modern fusion.

Commenting Sarah Meaney, Iúr Cinn Fleadh Festival Committee said “We are all delighted to be part of such a positive and vibrant Festival that highlights the best of our city. We are only in our third year and already the support from Newry and afar has been overwhelming. Looking forward to seeing even more new faces for another weekend of fun at the Fleadh.”

This year, the fleadh features headline performances from Paddy Casey and Moxie. 

Irish Band Moxie play Live in Newry Market on Friday 9th while in The Bank Bar, Paddy Casey will play on Saturday 10th. Dublin Singer songwriter Casey has 5 albums to his name and will bring a mixture of acoustic rock and folk to the fleadh. 

The 2016 Iúr Cinn Fleadh features a comedy night, an extensive ‘Trad Trail’ of early evening and late night music sessions taking place across a range of the city’s pubs and clubs; a ‘Taste of Trad’ food festival; street theatre, Film Festival, dancing, workshops, Ceili, historical walks, Tall Ship trips on Ireland’s oldest canal, an evening of storytelling, Sandwich Barge and plenty more.

Commenting on the Two Priests and a Prod Stand Up Comedy night with Joe Rooney, Michael Redmond and Neil Dougan at Newry Market on Thursday 8th, Jim McGrath from Newry Comedy Club said “Three comedy styles, the dry, the manic and  the observational,  under Newry Variety Market roof. If Hector were alive he would insist on throwing in a packet of tea towels! 

“This is the biggest night of comedy Newry has ever seen. Three headline acts on the one bill.” 

For the Second Year running Iúr Cinn Fleadh will also be hosting The Caroline Session in memory of well known musician Caroline Fegan (nee Judge) who made a massive contribution to Trad music throughout Ireland and the UK in her short life.

The Caroline Session will take place in the Canal Court Hotel on Sunday the 11th from 2.30pm - 6pm

The festival provides something for everyone – from children right through to older generations and of course, it offers fun for all.

Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, local councillors and business people with Iúr Cinn Fleadh musicians and Committee Members at the launch of Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2016 in The Bank Bar. Iúr Cinn Fleadh runs from this Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September.
Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, local councillors and business people with Iúr Cinn Fleadh musicians and Committee Members at the launch of Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2016 in The Bank Bar. Iúr Cinn Fleadh runs from this Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September.

The Fleadh Film Festival has showings of Mise Eire, The Long Road to Glenties and Song of the Sea over the weekend. Song of the Sea will be followed by a Sticky Fingers Art and Craft Workshop for children.

Carlingford Lough Currach Club are also offering free Currach trips on Newry Canal on Sunday from 2pm outside The Quayside Inn.

Another new event this year is the Storytelling Session on Sunday 11th at 9pm in the Railway Bar and what a way to finish the Fleadh! Storyteller Eamonn Keenan will keep the stories coming, along with inputs from a few locals no doubt!

Brian Fitzpatrick from the Fleadh remarked “This hopefully is the beginning  of a new project with further storytelling sessions in the year ahead.

“So come along to hear all sorts of tales with a few tunes and songs that add to the  Craic!”

As part of this year's Iúr Cinn Fleadh the NI Year of Food will be celebrated with a series of cookery demonstrations from  the best local chefs.

Saturday Morning Kitchen on Saturday 10th from 10am in Newry Variety Market will celebrate with the best of Irish foods in a series of live demonstrations.

Launching Iúr Cinn Fleadh were from left musicians Tom McFarland and Fil Campbell; Sarah Meaney, Fleadh Committee and Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Launching Iúr Cinn Fleadh were from left musicians Tom McFarland and Fil Campbell; Sarah Meaney, Fleadh Committee and Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Neil Bradley, Iúr Cinn Fleadh added “Newry's restaurant and cafe scene has never been stronger and what better way to recognise this than by highlighting the range of foods available during this year's Fleadh”

The churches are also not missing out, with St Catherine’s Dominican reverberating to the sound of fiddles and whistles for 12.15 Sunday Mass while Riverside Church has a live performance on Friday 9th at 7pm as well as a showing of film Halfway House on Thursday 8th at 8.15pm.

Newry Man Lost will lead a walk around old Newry on Sunday 11th at 2pm from Newry Town Hall.

Lastly Newpoint fresh from their Shakespeare success in Newry Town Hall will have street theatre with the theme “1916: But apart from that …” throughout the city on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm - 4pm

Thanks to support from Newry, Mourne and Down Council and Arts Council NI this years festival really is bigger and better than ever with over 50 events happing and most of them free. All thats missing is YOU!

You can pick up a Fleadh Events Guide from premises throughout the city. Tickets for the gigs can be bought at the Customer Service Desk, Buttercrane Shopping Centre or via: www.iurcinnfleadh.com

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