Penultimate Day Of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

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It’s the penultimate day of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and competitions and festivities are continuing across the town.

The highlight tonight will be the winners of the Senior Ceilí Band competition who’ll take to the stage at the Gig Rig.

Rain has been falling heavily since early this morning but there’s plenty craic agus ceoil on the streets of Ennis, from where Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill reports.


It may be the second last day of day of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann but the world’s largest traditional music festival certainly isn’t winding down.

Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning and so far today we’ve been tormented with rain, but it certainly hasn’t dampened spirits.

Crowds descended on Ennis Cathedral for Aifreann na Fleidh, the traditional Irish mass which was celebrated as Gaeilge by Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monahan.

Today competitions, which are the heart of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, come to an end.

Over the course of the weekend, over three thousand people have been taking part in singing dancing and music competitions.

Tonight the Senior Ceili Band competition in the Shannon Aerodrome is the highlight of festivities.

As is tradition, the winner will then appear on stage at the Fly Shannon gig rig in the Abbey Street Car Park

But in the meantime, there’s plenty craic to be had in the shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants in Ennis if you’re not willing to brave the rain.

But if you don’t mind popping on your rain gear, there’ll be traditional Irish music and dance, gospel music, the best of the US and Ireland’s traddest family to name a few at the gig rig in Abbey street.

And of course, there’s the competitions at a number of venues across the town.