MAKING MUSIC: Sisters Grace (left) and Colleen Angland (right) from Glenflesk and Michael Healy from Kilcummin are looking forward to taking part in a virtual Fleadh this weekend. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Organisers of this year’s Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí have had to come up with an alternative way to celebrate music, song and dance – by instead bringing it to life online.

Normally it’s the biggest weekend for Kerry CCÉ, which was due to be held this year in Milltown – however, it’s now going to be just as great this weekend – with a virtual Fleadh via Facebook and YouTube.

“Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 outbreak it was one of the major festivals in Kerry to be cancelled,” John Stack told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Not to be defeated Kerry CCÉ has decided to host their own Kerry CCÉ Virtual Kerry Fleadh. It has been a lot of work putting our programme together because of the restrictions, but with some proper planning we have put together a comprehensive programme for the weekend.”

In total they will be posting over 90 videos from last year’s winners from County, Munster and National level as well as special guests.

“These videos will be uploaded during Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday evening we will also have an online family quiz with prizes for the winners. On Saturday we start uploading from 11am to 5pm and after a little sos our special guests slot will kick off at 7pm.”

Included will be Mike Jack Cronin, Fossa CCÉ, Realtaí naTodhchaí a group of young musicians from the following branches Grace Heffernan and Daibhín Laide Ballydonoghue/Lisselton, Colleen Angland Glenflesk, Conor Brennan and Sarah Murphy Lixnaw and Michael Healy Kilcummin comes together online to be part of this fantastic occasion.

“We finish off Saturday night with a special piece from Sharon Shannon for the weekend as she was the headline act for this year’s Fleadh Cheoil.”

Proceedings will kick off on Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
“We hope you can join us on Facebook” fleadhcheoil.chiarrai and on YouTube: Kerry CCÉ.