Fleadh by The Feale 2015

Hard to believe but we are celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Fleadh by the Feale. Though the years may pass and things may change one thing has remained steadfast the finest Traditional Irish Music weekend. Abbeyfeale is a vibrant town, home to traditional music, oozing with talent and what better place to be from April 30th until Monday 4th of May 2015. The weekend is filled with music, song and dance and story.


The Fleadh offers the stalwarts of traditional Irish music a forum to display their talents and welcomes new musicians offering them an opportunity to showcase their love of all things Irish too. The weekend programme promises to be filled with activity that appeals to all ages, everything from the ever popular busking competition to the storytelling to the gig rig in the Square.


So be sure to be part of this year’s 21st celebration, come to Abbeyfeale over the Bank Holiday weekend Thursday April 30th to Monday 4th of May 2015 and be part of something special; that is Fleadh by the Feale.


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All-Ireland Bone Playing Championship
One of the most unique events that takes place during the Fleadh by the Feale Festival is the All-Ireland Bone playing championship that brings the festival to a close on the Monday evening.

The use of the bones as a rhythm instrument is quite popular in the West Limerick/North Kerry region, but the competition has also attracted competitors from throughout the country as well as from abroad. One of the finest exponents of bones playing is Patrick "Sport" Murphy, a native of Ballybehy South, Abbeyfeale who dominated the competition in the early years.

The competition has also brought different styles of playing to these shores, a most notable example being that of Massachusetts native Steve Brown, whose impressive use of playing the bones with both hands would see him win two consecutive titles in 2003 and 2004.

The competition has continued to go from strength to strength, with a steady flow of newcomers each year, although in recent years two West Limerick men, David Murphy and Paddy Donovan have been to the fore in terms of titles won. A Junior Bones competition is also held in the square on Sunday afternoon, helping to maintain this great tradition.

The All-Ireland Bone playing championship has consistently drawn a large crowd to the square in Abbeyfeale on the Monday evening, and has always ensured the festival goes out on a high note. 

Paddy Donovan Bones Competition winner 2013
David Murphy Bones Competition winner 2012
Paddy Donovan Bones Competition winner 2011

fleadhbyfeale We are all excited with return of Sharon Shannon with her band to Abbeyfeale Fleadh may bank holiday weekend 2014
fleadhbyfeale Welcoming Moxie... Performing LIVE: 9.00pm. 3rd May Venue: The Square Abbeyfeale, http://t.co/WWPDhksl9E http://t.co/v901h2o3CR
fleadhbyfeale Welcome to The Fleadh by the Feale 2014

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Art Poster Competition 

Confined to the five local primary schools in the parish our Art Poster Competition encourages the pupils to develop their artistic skills and to present their art work for public viewing. The judges will then award first, second and third prizes in the competition.



Traditional Busking Competition

The Traditional Busking is a most memorable experience with categories for all ages, For many its their first time performing in public attracting large crowds on the streets of Abbeyfeale.




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Set Ceilí

For those that are energetic and wish to take to the dance floor a "Set Ceilí", will take place at the GAA Clubhouse. This will give you a lively start to "Fleadh by the Feale".


Traditional Fleadh Concert 2015


Kilfenora Céilí Band Show



3rd May 2015. 8pm. Abbeyfeale Town

The highlight of the weekend is the Celebrity concert & this year by popular demand we are delighted to welcome back the iconic Kilfenora Céilí Band Show. They are the quintessential Irish céilí band, with an energy and rhythm that sweeps you away. Those lucky enough to have felt that energy last time round will agree you cannot afford to miss them.



See Fleadh Programme page for ticket sources.





Traditional Open Air Entertainment

Traditional Entertainment takes place on the open air stage in the town square at various times during the festival.

"This weekend is for everybody; those blessed with talent and ability to play an instrument or sing and those who have an appreciation of traditional Irish music in its purest form."

People of all ages come to share their talent with the folk of Abbeyfeale and in return the town guarantees you a warm West Limerick welcome.

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Fleadh by the Feale Pub Trail 2015

Each year the Fleadh host a Traditional Pub Trail in Abbeyfeale town during the May Bank Holiday weekend. Come enjoy the festive craic agus ceol.

Click the link below to download the Fleadh by the Feale Pub Trail guide 2015.

Pub Trail 2015.pdf>>



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During the festival we look forward to a storytelling afternoon session giving the opportunity for storytellers to come and share their wit telling their old irish stories and myths to people of all ages.






Master Workshop Classes

Each year the committee select a group of well known musicians, singers and dancers to take the role of tutoring at the Master Workshop Classes, If you are interested in attending Workshop Classes, It is advised to book early to secure a place. See Events Programme for categories.