The 52nd Munster Fleadh Cheoil was officially launched by RTÉ’s Kieran Hanrahan in the Clonea Strand Hotel, Dungarvan.
The Fleadh, the largest of the Provincial Fleadhanna, will take place in Dungarvan between July 15 and 22, and will be hosted by the local Comeraghs Comhaltas branch.
Among the sponsors of the major event are Clonmel firm Bulmers.
Alongside the many concerts, céilithe, sessions, singing club events and gig rig entertainment, the Fleadh Committee have added several unique elements to the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in 2012.
The South East’s first traditional music Summer School will be launched in the early part of the week, while the playing of the Mouth Organ will be given special attention with a one-day workshop by world-renowned exponents, John and Pip Murphy from Wexford.
In an ambitious School’s Song Project, several of the local schools will join together to form a substantial choir and will perform a repertoire of traditional Déise songs in a special concert on Fleadh Cheoil Monday (16th).
In a surprise announcement, Mr Marrinan also revealed that the Australian Ambassador to Ireland will travel to Dungarvan during the Fleadh Cheoil to officially open the Conneries Memorial Garden. This Garden commemorates the Connery Brothers of Bohadoon who were transported to New South Wales in 1838. Contemporary songs telling the story of the Connerys are still in existence, and the slow air is played regularly all over the country.