Clifden Comhaltas were delighted to announce that Clifden was selected to host the Galway County Fleadh 13th – 15th of May 2011. It was a huge honour for the town to be selected. It has been 21 years since Clifden last hosted the Galway County Fleadh.
A weekend of Music, song and dance and it brought in people from all over the County of Galway, Connaught and beyond. One of the main aspects of the Fleadh is the competitions. This is where people start their journey on the road to becoming an All Ireland Champion. The Competitions took place on the Saturday & Sunday of the weekend in the Clifden Community School and was open to the public to sit in on the competitions. These competitions were for all ages groups as well as for Group and Band competitions.
Highlights included a gig rig on the Square of the town, with visiting competitors and groups performing and also local and visiting musicians.
Clifden Branch of Comhaltas also produced a souvenir programme for the weekend, which included local business advertisements, old and new stories and lots of photos.
The official opening & concert took place in the Station House Hotel and was. addressed by Comhaltas Connaught Chairperson Michael Brennan. Connemara Smokehouse provided the canapes for the evening with Organic Smoked Salmon on home-made brown bread and Line caught Smoked Tuna with lime. The evening was followed by pub sessions around Clifden town. On Sunday Morning a unique Fleadh Mass was held in St. Josephs Church.
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Video Clip Galway County Fleadh Opening