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Ballina to bid for Connacht Fleadh 2023


MAKING PLANS The streets of Ballina will be buzzing to the sounds of traditional Irish music if the bid for the Connacht Fleadh in 2023 is succcessful.

Michael Commins

MAYO County Council has come on board with the Moy Valley branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireannto secure the Connacht Fleadh for Ballina in 2023.
Declan Turnbull, manager of Ballina Municipal District, says they are delighted to support the application to host the provincial Fleadh to coincide with the 300th Centenary of Ballina.
“We understand that 2023 also marks the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Moy Valley branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann so the awarding of the Connacht Fleadh would be a fitting tribute,” said Declan.  
Local CCÉ branches held a meeting with Declan Turnbull and Cllr John O’Hara to discuss a future return of the All-Ireland Fleadh to Ballina. Mullingar was awarded the 2020 and 2021 All-Ireland Fleadh but due to Covid both were cancelled and it is now expected that Mullingar will host the 2022 and 2023 event.
The recent meeting in Ballina decided that Ballina should earmark the 2023 Connacht Fleadh as a stepping stone to an All-Ireland Fleadh. Michael Brennan, chairman of Connacht Council of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, also addressed the meeting.
Eamonn Walsh, PRO of the Moy Valley branch of Comhaltas, said that an application has already been processed and lodged with Comhaltas.
He thanked both Ballina Municipal Manager Declan Turnbull and Cllr John O’Hara for convening the meeting and also Michael O’Donnell, chairman of Bofield Comhaltas and John McDonnell of Moy Valley Comhaltas for putting forward the motion to host the 2023 Connacht Fleadh.
The meeting was also attended and supported by representatives of Comhaltas County Board, Seamus Cawley and Edel Doherty. Also in attendance was Annette Maughan, CEO of Moy Valley Resources.
A delegation from the Connacht Council of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann will visit Ballina in the coming days to vet the town and venues and meet the local organising committee.