Milltown Looks Forward To Hosting Kerry County Fleadh

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The organising committee at the launch of the Kerry County Fleadh event. Front: Bernard Cronin, Sheila Hurley(treasurer), Ciara Kennedy(secretary), Margaret Wrenn(vice-treasurer), John Joe Harmon, John Lehane. Back: Chris Horan(PRO), Turlough O’Brien(vice chairman), Vincent Prendergast(chairman), Tim Wrenn.

PLANS are coming together in Milltown for the Kerry County Fleadh, which will be staged in the mid-Kerry town in June for the second year running.

“Last year’s Fleadh was a huge success in Milltown”, said Chairman of the organising committee Vincent Prendergast. “Feedback has been very positive, and there’s already a lot of interest in what the 2019 Fleadh has to offer.”

The 2018 Fleadh in Milltown saw five days of fun, family entertainment on the streets, along with the Fleadh competitions and the unique solstice event.

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The line-up for this year’s free street entertainment will be revealed over the coming weeks, and will feature the best in traditional music, with internationally renowned trad acts, so watch out for announcements on these shortly.

“Milltown is an ideal venue”, added PRO of the event, Chris Horan. “The central location coupled with world-class facilities in the Nagle-Rice community hall and the Presentation Secondary School, which are both brand new and perfectly suited to accommodating the large crowds with ease.”

The Comhaltas County Board held their county meeting in Milltown on March 25th, and chairman John Canty said he was looking forward to another great Fleadh, where the flourishing trad scene in Kerry will be showcased.

A feature of Milltown festivals is the promotion of young talent, and the famous trad names of tomorrow, from branches across the county, will be playing alongside the big names on the Gig Rig.

“This is a great opportunity for the young musicians”, explained Vice-Chairman Turlough O’Brien. “Playing as support to a big name in front of a big crowd is a memorable experience and builds confidence and shows the fun and appreciation that’s at the heart of trad music.”

Turlough added that the team of 120 local volunteers will be re-convening to help run the event. “The fantastic team of local volunteers reflects the community spirit we have here in Milltown, involving people of all ages.”

Vincent was appreciative of local support for the event. “The Fleadh could not be held in Milltown without the generous support of local businesses and their continued sponsorship is the reason events like these are a success in Milltown.”

The 2019 County Fleadh will run in Milltown from June 19th to 23rd, and will feature bands on the Gig Rig, ceilĂ­ on the street, family fun day on the 23rd, street music competition with great prizes, funfair and many other music events in the local bars. Full program and music line-ups will be revealed over the coming weeks.

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