File photo: Clane
Clane will the the centre of attention of traditional music in just over two weeks time when the county’s Fleadh Cheoil takes place.
Fleadh Cheoil Chill Dara will take place in the town this year from April 19-22.
Kildare Comhaltas PRO, spokesperson, John Fitzgerald, said they have a number of varied events on during the four days of the Fleadh. “We hope it will be of interest to many,” he said.
On Thursday, April 19, a Maidin Caifé (or coffee morning) will take place in the Westgrove Hotel, “where anyone with a grá (love) for Gaeilge/Irish will be most welcome, irrespective of proficiency.”
Later that evening the official launch is in Manzor's Clane. Special guests, Ciarán and Áine FitzGerald, will attend.
Ciarán is an 11-time All-Ireland Champion and is the current senior All-Ireland Champion on Concertina and Flute Slow Airs from last year's All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis.
This is the first time in the history of 50 years of Comhaltas in Kildare that these titles were brought to the county.
Áine, his sister, is also a holder of many All Ireland titles.
Admission is free and there will be an open session afterwards where all musicians are welcome.
On Friday, April 20, they hope everyone will dust off the dancing shoes and give them a bit of polish for the Fleadh Céilí in Clane GAA Club at 9.30pm. Donie Nolan and Taylor's Cross Céilí Band will supply the music. Admission is €10 and includes refreshments.
On Saturday, April 20, they hold their Aifreann Traidisiúnta (traditional mass) in Clane Church at 6.30pm. This will be followed by the Youth Session in Clane GAA club at 7.30pm.#