Immense technical challenges have meant that interactive virtual 2020 Iúr Cinn Fleadh has had to be postponed for a second time and won't now take place this weekend.

The Fleadh committee will be rescheduling the event as soon as they can. Keep an eye on or the official social media channels for the new dates.

The entrance to the interactive virtual Iúr Cinn Fleadh.
The entrance to the interactive virtual Iúr Cinn Fleadh.

The long journey to transform the historic Albert Basin at Newry, Northern Ireland, into a spectacular ‘people’s park’ will reach a major milestone – but not this weekend (6th-7th November).

Hundreds of hours of complex computer coding have gone into creating a wondrous 3D world for 2020 Iúr Cinn Fleadh – and many more hours need to be invested into this complex project to make it work.

Described as ‘part outdoor concert, part virtual reality and part video game’, the Virtual 2020 Iúr Cinn Fleadh is a highly sophisticated piece of computer engineering. Attendees will be able to 'walk' around the venue and talk to fellow festivalgoers in what promises to be a completely unique ground-breaking experience. But not quite yet.

‘We're sorry for the delay,’ said Iúr Cinn Fleadh committee member Neil Bradley. ‘But we want it to be right. Please bear with us as we construct this world for you, for musicians and for Newry.'

Iúr Cinn Fleadh is an annual traditional Irish music and community festival based in Newry City, County Down, which usually has been held the second weekend in September at various venues throughout the city. This year it has had to go online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  It has hosted many local acts as well as famous names such as – Sharon Shannon, Paul Brady, Frances Black, Tommy Sands and Hothouse Flowers.

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