Connacht Fleadh & Festival, June 23 – July 2
Ballina Town Centre (Various)
St. Mary’s Secondary School Ballina (Competitions)
The Connacht Council of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann (CCE) has awarded the 2023 Connacht Fleadh to Ballina to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the formal establishment of the town.
The Moy Valley CCÉ and Bofield CCÉ branches of Comhaltas have joined forces to stage the event, which will be held from 23rd June to 2nd July. Around 2,000 competitors will compete in the Fleadh competitions in a bid to qualify for the All-Ireland Fleadh.
In addition to the competitions, Ballina has been selected to host the first ever community Fleadh this summer in conjunction with the Connacht Fleadh competition. The idea of a community Fleadh is to invite other organisations from the community such as sporting organisations and other groups to be a part of the festivities.
A Fleadh Festival street programme of events is planned for the centre of the town during the week leading into the Fleadh, which will include workshops, ceilidh, street entertainment, the gig rig and pub sessions.
Ballina will become a Nirvana of celebrations of Irish music and dance for a whole week.
Programme highlights include a performance by the esteemed Máirtin O’Connor trio in concert in Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday, June 24, an Eamonn Ceannt lecture on Wednesday, June 28 in the Jackie Clarke Collection, and a whole host of workshops and events due to be announced very shortly.
More information about the Connacht Fleadh and Festival programme are available on the Connacht Fleadh website.