Fingal Fleadh fever set to return to Swords this weekend

by Sylvia Pownall
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Fleadh fever is taking a grip in Swords this weekend as the Fingal event returns for a third annual outing.

The 2019 Fingal Fleadh will see Swords Castle and main street host a four-day free festival of craic and ceol – beginning this Thursday September 5.

Performers include the Kilfenora Ceili Band, Ulaid, Liam O Maonlai, Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra, John Spillane, The Dixie Micks, Meath Beo and more.

The town will be abuzz with trad music, with an emphasis on participation and performance including free workshops and live gigs from Rinceoil (Rush) and Inis Rua (Skerries).

There’s yoga for kids and family Irish dancing classes in the castle marquee on Sunday, with John Spillane singing songs as gaeilge in the castle chapel on Saturday from 12.30pm.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien said: “With the historic Swords Castle as the centrepiece, the festival will be another Fingal event not to be missed.”

Swords has already been chosen to host the 2020 Leinster Fleadh, which could pave the way for the All Ireland festival to be held in the capital of the north county.

The week-long trad music event will take place in July and is expected to generate millions of euro in revenue.

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