The 2017 Iúr Cinn Fleadh starts this Thursday 7th September and will see a riot of traditional and folk music descending on many venues throughout Newry, with musicians and singers from near and far providing the entertainment at over 60 different events, over four fun packed days.

This year is the fourth year of the Newry 2020 inspired Fleadh and it promises to be the most popular yet with plenty of new events and lots of old favourites too. There’s music performed on tall ships and currachs, bars and churches and plenty of other events including walks, children workshops, rowing and storytelling.

Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council pictured with some of the musicians taking part in this weeks Iúr Cinn Fleadh.
Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council pictured with some of the musicians taking part in this weeks Iúr Cinn Fleadh.

Committee member Brian Fitzpatrick commented “ We’re looking forward to this years expansion of Iúr Cinn Fleadh with lots of new events both before and during the fleadh”

The Music

Over the entire weekend live music will be the order of the day with Bellinis, McSwiggans, The Oliver, Railway Bar, Canal Court, The Quayside Inn, The Phoenix, Maddens, Bosco Club, Legacy and Nan Rices all taking part with the best trad and folk musicians performing. A perfect opportunity for you come along and join in, with most of the sessions ‘open’

The Caroline Session in the Canal Court Hotel from 2pm on Sunday afternoon will see musicians from all over Ireland play one massive session while outside there will be a music session on Currachs on Newry Canal.

Finishing off the Fleadh weekend The Final Fling will see a night of Storytelling and Song at the Railway Bar on Sunday night while over in Bellinis Dublin band The Scratch will be on stage.

Recognising the musical contribution of Jimmy Burns

Iúr Cinn Fleadh sponsors pictured with Fleadh committee member Jim McGrath, right at the launch of the 2017 Iúr Cinn Fleadh . The Fleadh runs from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September with over 60 events throughout Newry City. From left: Eamon Connolly, Newry BID; Orla Hayes, Canal Court Hotel and Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council.  Get tickets for  Kevin McAleer, Eleanor Shanley and Cuig, Musical Icon Award, Trad Orchestra launch and the Trad Cruise on board tall ship Soteria from the Buttercrane Help Desk or via www.iurcinnfleadh.com Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Some of the Iúr Cinn Fleadh sponsors pictured with Fleadh committee member Jim McGrath, right at the launch of the 2017 Iúr Cinn Fleadh . The Fleadh runs from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September with over 60 events throughout Newry City. From left: Eamon Connolly, Newry BID; Orla Hayes, Canal Court Hotel and Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Get tickets for Kevin McAleer, Eleanor Shanley and Cuig, Musical Icon Award, Trad Orchestra launch and the Trad Cruise on board tall ship Soteria from the Buttercrane Help Desk or via www.iurcinnfleadh.com Photograph: Columba O'Hare

For the first year the Fleadh will recognise the incredible depth of local musical talent with their Musical Icon Award on Thursday (7th) at 8pm in Bellinis. Jimmy Burns will be the first recipient at the proud young age of 93, and the night will be a feast of great local musical performances from many of the musicians he has influenced over the years. Jimmy himself has played with many groups and ceili bands over the years and sons, Kieran, Paddy and Mark together with his grandchildren have followed in his footsteps playing and teaching music.

One of the best comedians in the world

Comedian Kevin McAleer returns to the Fleadh on Thursday night (7th) at 9pm at Live at the Market in Newry’s historic Market, with his Saying Yes to Yes tour.

Commenting on what will most certainly be the best night of comedy Newry will see in a long long time, Iúr Cinn Fleadh Committee member, Jim McGrath said “Kevin McAleer at this moment in time is considered one of the top ten living comedians in the world. He’s just finished a month of sell out gigs at Edinburgh Fringe where all of the top comedians went to see him. It was a must go-to show for comedians including Michael McIntyre himself.

Eleanor Shanley and Cuig

Fresh from Sunday’s All Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park, local group Cuig will take to the stage on Friday night (8th) in a double bill with Eleanor Shanley of De Danann fame at a Live at the Market concert in Newry Market. Eleanor has been singing with De Danann for over 20 years and has a massive repertoire of trad and folk songs. Cuig with their combination of fiery Irish tunes infused with a strong rock-based accompaniment is unique and sets them apart from any other act on the traditional Irish music scene. Get along to one of the best gigs Newry has seen in a long time.

Cruising down the Canal

If you haven’t been on a boat on Newry Canal, you owe it to yourself to try it. You won’t believe how spectacular the scenery is! The four days of the Fleadh will see 2 hour Tall Ship trips each day at 2pm and 7pm on Newry Canal sailing from the Albert Basin to Victoria Lock and back. Get on board the Soteria and glide effortlessly down the Canal listening to the best in Trad music and enjoy a few glasses of wine (included).

Workshops

Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council pictured with Iúr Cinn Fleadh Committee Members Jim McGrath, Neil Bradley and Columba O'Hare.
Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council pictured with Iúr Cinn Fleadh Committee Members Jim McGrath, Neil Bradley and Columba O'Hare.

For those who would like to brush up on their skills there are Bodhrán and Tin Whistle Workshops on Saturday (9th) from 11am in Newry Library with Tin Whistle Tutor Oisin McCann and Bodhrán tutors Fergal O’Brien and Réne de Kat. Oisin a  member of Warrenpoint Comhaltas may only be 18 but already is an All Ireland Tin Whistle champion and plays the length and breadth of Ireland. Fergal needs no introduction having spearheaded the Bodhran in Newry for many years.

Orchestral Manoeuvres

For the very first time Newry has it’s own orchestra to compete with the best in the world. Newry Trad Youth Orchestra under the tutelage of Ursula Byrne will perform their very first concert in the Riverside Church on Saturday (9th) at 8pm in a new event that will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come. Aged from 11 years old the 43 members of the orchestra have rehearsed all through the summer. It will be a spectacular not to be missed.

The Sandwich Barge

Based down at The Albert Basin, The Sandwich Barge will have a host of live musicians performing over the weekend as well as lots of locally sourced eats on offer.

Walk the Walk

Sean Donegan from Newry Man Lost will be leading guided walks around Newry City on Saturday and Sunday, departing at 2pm from Newry Town Hall. A perfect chance to refresh your knowledge of the history of Newry.

Making it Happen

The main sponsor of the event Newry, Mourne and Down District Council were joined this year by the Canal Court Hotel, Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Newry BID, Newry Credit Union, Bellinis, NISA Extra/ Fiveways, Nan Rices, SocialClix.biz, Netcare and Newry.ie.

Fleadh Committee member Aileen McCusker added “This years fleadh is only possible with the hard work of all our sponsors, committee members and volunteers. All have been working extremely hard from January to now to bring Newry this incredible community run and based festival. I’d ask everyone to get out and enjoy all the events and help towards putting your city on the world map”

While most events are free you can get tickets for Concerts and Tall Ship trips via www.iurcinnfleadh.com or from the Buttercrane Help Desk.

For more information on the Fleadh or to book Workshops email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 077 54171130