Derry Fleadh 2013

Derry wins bid to host the All-Ireland fleadh. Members of the central executive of traditional Irish music body Comhaltas met in Dublin to decide the venue on Saturday.

Sligo was also in the running to host the fleadh. Ennis had withdrawn its bid. The festival attracts up to 300,000 visitors and is worth about 40m euros to the host venue.

Comhaltas promotes traditional Irish music and culture around the world.

Derry, which will be UK City of Culture 2013, was a late confirmation on the shortlist after the Ulster Council of CCE reversed its decision not to support the bid.

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Altan – Back to the Source

Altan – Back to the Source – Directed by Jeremy Howard, this short film documents an education residency project featuring world-renowned Donegal traditional music group Altan, organised by the Regional Cultural Centre RCC) and Donegal County Council (DCC) Public Art Office.

It features performances with young traditional musicians and singers (from 7 secondary schools in West Donegal), the VECMEP Donegal Youth Orchestra and some older musicians from the County. Filmed by David Chernick, Otto Schlindwein, Karen Hosty and Brian McVeigh and directed by Jeremy Howard.

13th October – Donegal Today

Stories about a women’s collective in North Inishowen, Julia O’Donnell and the Pope, and a nice set of wildlife photos from Ards Forest Park. Fidl, a trio of traditional musicians from west Donegal have just launched their new website and a selection of today’s tweets from the northwest.

News Stories

New Woolcraft Studio in Clonmany (Inishowen News)

Donegal Socks from Pope for Julia (Donegal Democrat)

Wildlife of Ards Forest Park (Wildlife Blog)

Donegal Trio “Fidl”

More info about Fidl

Donegal on Twitter Today

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Traditional Music Weekend Tory Island

Every weekend traditional Irish music and dancing is celebrated on Tory Island. So why not come over to the island and experience this. The Irish language is also very strong here.

The people of Tory delight in expressing themselves in music, song and dance. Tory boasts many accomplished melodeon players. Céilís are held regularly in Club na Maighdine Mara and young and old alike take to the floor to dance not only the great Irish sets and reels, Ionsaí na hlnse, Ballai Luimnigh and Cor Seisear Déag, but also dances which are not very well known outside Donegal. There are many excellent singers on the island who give fine renditions of traditional songs and ballads.

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Tory Island Hotel, Tory island, Donegal
Phone: +353 (0)74 9135920

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Frankie Kennedy Weekend in Gweedore

The scenery in this Gaelic-speaking part of the county is worth the trip alone, but for trad musicians there is much more on offer during the Frankie Kennedy Winter School. The festival has two main centres: Cois Locha in the village of Dunlewey at the foot of Errigal Mountain, and Ostán Gaoth Dobhair in the seaside village of Bunbeg.

The winter school features a series of classes in various instruments and an enviable line-up of performers who take part in day-time recitals and night-time concerts.

Frankie Kennedy Weekend in Donegal

Frankie Kennedy Weekend in Donegal

With plenty of musicians attending, there is no shortage of informal sessions over the weekend. This year’s line-up included Donal Lunny, Paul Brady and Paddy Glackin; Máire Brennan (of Clannad fame); Hazel O Connor; Mick Kinsella and Josephine Marsh and of course the perennial performances of Altan.

Gweedore, Donegal
Phone: +353 (0)74 9560698

More Information

This normally takes place in the last week in December/ start of Janurary.

Contact Anna, on the phone number above, for more details

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