Ballymore Comhaltas musicians in concert.

Ballymore CCÉ ‘buzzing’ ahead of county fleadh

The music buzz has returned to Ballymore as the village gets ready to host the Westmeath County Fleadh this weekend, May 13-15.

In February, the Westmeath Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Westmeath CCÉ), announced the village as hosts for this year’s event, and Ballymore CCÉ have confirmed a great line-up of music and dancing across the three days.

“It’s sure to be a great weekend of ceol agus craic, and all of us here at Ballymore Comhaltas look forward to seeing you all,” said Dan Boland, chairperson of Ballymore CCÉ.

He said it is great to get the “buzz” back after a spell without a physical county fleadh.

“The last one was 2019, so it’s the first in three years and it’s great for it to be in Ballymore again. With the all-Ireland then in a few months in Mullingar, there’s a nice bit of interest in it all,” Dan said.

“It’s been quiet around the village for a few years so it’s good to get the buzz around the place again; the boom is back,” Dan added.

On Friday 13 May, the community centre will host dancing competitions, while the national school will be the venue for the U10 whistle and fiddle competition and there is to be a session trail at Cassell’s Bar that night.

The concert has been scheduled for 8pm on Saturday at the community centre, (admission €10 and free for children). The session trail that evening is organised for Cunningham’s Bar.

From 10am on Sunday 15 May, music, singing, storytelling and comhrá Gaeilge competitions have been organised for the community centre and Ballymore NS, and the session trail is at Rooney’s Bar that night.