Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh 2022 - Athea
May 30, 2022
Athea is the place to be on this Bank Holiday Weekend when competitors from all over County Limerick converge on the village to compete for county medals and the opportunity to represent Limerick at the Munster Fleadh which will be held in Newcastle West from 13th to 17th July. This is the 50th running of the County Fleadh since Ardagh hosted the first in 1971 and it is a co-incidence that the Athea Craobh of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is also celebrating its 50th year in existence in 2022. Though the competitions, which begin on Saturday morning at 10am and end on Sunday afternoon are the main reason for the Fleadh, it also gives musicians, singers and dancers an opportunity to meet at sessions which will be held throughout the village. The pubs will ring out as musicians who may not have met for a couple of years renew acquaintances and enjoy an uplifting session. Open air entertainment will be provided on the Gig Rig in the centre of the town beginning with Wrenboy exhibitions on Friday night and featuring a variety of performers over the weekend. Those who prefer their traditional entertainment in a more formal setting should attend the concert, featuring a fantastic young group, “Fuinneamh”, in the Con Colbert Hall on Saturday night. The set-dancing community hold sway on Sunday night at the same venue to the music of Donie Nolan and his band. The Fleadh has something for everybody, young and not so young, and is a celebration of our native culture that has been handed down from generation to generation.
Áth an tSléibhe, (“The Ford of the Hills” or “The Giant’s Village” as it is known in folklore), is a haven of peace and tranquility on the less travelled country roads of West Limerick. No strangers to running Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh, this is our 10th time doing so. We extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to all our visitors over the festival. We hope you will enjoy your stay amongst us and take away fond memories of a community that prides itself on it’s hospitality and friendliness.