Newry’s popular festival Iúr Cinn Fleadh postponed

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
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The city’s annual four-day event – that draws thousands to enjoy music, comedy and the arts – has been postponed for 2020 because of the Coronavirus crisis.

“We’re sorry to announce we’ve had to postpone Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2020,” said committee member Columba O’Hare.



“Everyone’s welfare is our foremost concern. We’ll be looking at other dates when it’s safe to do so.”

On behalf of the committee, Columba added, “We thank all our wonderful musicians, venue managers and supporters over the past six years – and look forward to seeing you all when we return.”

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The first-ever Fleadh took place in 2014, with more than 70 gigs across in excess of 30 venues.

Initially a three-day festival, the Fleadh offered the best in home-grown folk and traditional music talent.

In 2019 the festival grew to nearly 100 events and activities across the city.



Living legends of Irish music and culture joined a treasure trove of local, national and international talent.

The Fleadh has featured major acts such as Frances Black and Kieran Goss, Hothouse Flowers, Moxie, Paddy Casey, The 4 Of Us, Sharon Shannon and Paul Brady.

Comedians have included George Jones, May McFettridge, Jimmy Cricket and Gene Fitzpatrick.

Actor Kieran Cunningham and poet Tony Walsh have also taken part over the past two years.

This is all in addition to popular regular features such as numerous trad sessions, Coffee Bar Crawl, family events, Pop-Up Gaeltacht, trad cruises – and much more.

The Fleadh was one of the first initiatives to emerge from a voluntary organisation called Newry 2020, which is aimed at promoting and invigorating the city.



During his time in office as Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey said, “In just six short years the organising committee has created a major festival for Newry city.”

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