The Ulster Fleadh/ Fleadh Uladh is a yearly festival run by Comhaltas, the traditional Music organisation in Ireland. It is the largest Traditional Music Festival in Ulster and is held in different towns and cities each year throughout Ulster.
The Fleadh provides a platform for local musicians and dancers to showcase their talent through competitions, and in the sessions that occur naturally in pubs and on the streets of the towns in which they are held. It is not only the music that is evident in the week long celebration, but also Irish Language, singing, story-telling and theatre that is celebrated through a number of events involving members from all areas of the community.
The Ulster Fleadh has a rich history in Castlewellan, with it being held in the town in 1997, 1998, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Within the Comhaltas organisation, the Fleadhs in Castlewellan are well renowned for the large crowds they gathered, the entertainment provided and generosity of the local businesses and community. Most notably and well-remembered is the parade held on the Saturday evening within the town.
Over the past decade the event has attracted an average of 22,500 visitors to the host area. With this in mind, Newcastle CCÉ are hosting an information evening on 8th February to provide local businesses and community member on the benefits of which the Ulster Fleadh will bring to the local area.
If you are a local business, or member of the community and wish to hear about how the Ulster Fleadh will impact and benefit the local community, please feel free to pop in and hear a brief presentation, have a cup of tea and have a chat with committee members on 8th February at 7.30pm.