The fourth Iúr Cinn Fleadh takes place this year from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September and even at this early stage it’s gearing up to be the best yet with tickets for one gig on sale already at

Some of the acts already confirmed for “Live at the Market” as part of the fleadh include De Danann singer Eleanor Shanley with Paul Kelly and Tony Byrne as well as local band Cúig.

Kevin McAleer.
Kevin McAleer.

The five guys from Cúig are really on the up with their fresh take on trad with a fiery mix of Irish tunes blended seamlessly with rock accompaniment. Already this year they have gigged in Italy, Luxembourg and Germany and they are making their USA debut at the Milwaukee Irish Festival in August.

Eleanor Shanley started this year with a tour of Denmark. Indeed Eleanor was awarded The Danish Folk Music Award in 2015, a testament were it needed to her popularity in this market.  She is only the second Irish artist to receive this honour since its inception 20 years ago. Since she began with De Danann in 1990 she has toured Europe, Australia, China, Japan and the USA. She has recorded with Ronnie Drew, The Dubliners, Sharon Shannon and even U2.

Back this year in the comedy slot at Live at the Market is Tyrone’s very own spiritual guru, Kevin McAleer for a mind-splitting evening of living fully in the moment, with meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, tree visualization, bananarama yoga, straw bale therapy, psychic flower arranging, firewalking with dolphins, and ego massage. McAleer is universally recognised as Tyrone's leading Zen Buddhist saint, having trained for thirty three years under the legendary Deepjoy Chakra in Peru, before founding the Institute of Light™ in Strabane in 1972. 

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Commenting on Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s continued funding, Iúr Cinn Fleadh Committee member, Columba O’Hare said “Iúr Cinn Fleadh would not happen without three things, all the visitors from far and near who come and support us every year, our incredibly hard working committee and possibly most important, funding to enable the festival to happen in the first place.

“We are really appreciative of the fact that Newry, Mourne and Down Council are going to support us financially once again. This will enable us to add several extra events which in turn will build the local and international reputation of our our Fleadh, resulting in a win win for all with even more visitors to Newry city, giving much needed support to local businesses”

The fleadh is part of voluntary group Newry 2020’s campaign to make Newry a vibrant, thriving city. For more information or Tickets for shows go to


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