Legacy Day



Legacy Day

From humble beginnings in 1951, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has grown into the largest festival of Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance in the world. The town of Ennis hosted Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 1956 and 1977 and it is generally recognised that both occasions proved milestones in the development of the Fleadh Cheoil project.

Following its return to the town in 2016 and 2017, the Fleadh Executive Committee recognised the need to generate a legacy worthy of its illustrious predecessors and thus ‘Legacy Day / Lá Oidhreachta’ was born.


The Legacy Colloquium | Friday, 18th August @ 2pm | Hotel Woodstock | Free

A series of presentations delivered by a distinguished panel of speakers on a range of Cultural, Social and Economic topics. The presentations will be followed by a discussion facilitated by renowned academic, Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Professor Emeritus NUIG.

Subjects and speakers:

The Creative Ireland Programme
John Concannon, Director, Creative Ireland

The Creative Process underlying the ‘Legacy - Oidhreacht agus Ceiliúradh’ Performance
Tom Doorley, Musician and Composer

The Arts in Education Charter
Dr. Katie Sweeney, National Director for the Integration of the Arts in Education, (D.E.S.)

Poetry - a personal insight into its potential towards creative children
Kevin McDermott, Author and Educator

Irish Cultural and Heritage Institutions:
Valued amenities for communities and resources for economic activity
Virginia Teehan, Director of Cultural Projects, U.C.C.

Promoting an Ghaeilge mar theanga bheo through the performance arts
Peadar Ó Riada, Musician, Composer, Director, and Broadcaster

Cultural and Media Issues in the Digital Age
Alan Esslemont, Director General, TG4

Ireland on the international stage, the Irish Diaspora and Ireland’s outward expression of identity
Jackie Larkin, Producer, Newgrange Pictures

Regional and Rural Development – a Local Authority Perspective
Leonard Cleary, Acting Director of Rural Development, Clare County Council

Volunteerism - its potential in strengthening Community and Identity: the Comhaltas Experience
Labhrás O Murchú, Ard-Stiúrthóir, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Ceol an Chláir CD Launch

Seán Keane of The Chieftains launches ‘Ceol an Chláir’, the long awaited CD version of the seminal Comhaltas recordings of five great exemplars of West Clare Fiddle playing namely Bobby Casey, Joe Ryan, Junior Crehan, John Kelly and Patrick Kelly. Hotel Woodstock, Friday, 18th August at 5.00 p.m.

Legacy Concert

Venue: Shannon Aerodome, Ennis
Date: Friday, 18th August at 8pm
Price: €25/12.50*
Booking: Online or call 065 684 3103.

*50% discount available for bookings by persons under 18 accompanied by at least one adult - thanks to Music Generation Clare’s Leath/Leath Go See! initiative.

Legacy - Oidhreacht agus Ceiliúradh featuring the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland as well as performances by special guests including the incomparable Joanie Madden, noted singers, Nell Ní Chróinín, Tadhg Maher, Shauna McGarrigle, and Aodán Coyne of ‘Socks in the Frying Pan’ as well as dancers extraordinaire Sibéal Davitt, the Gardiner Brothers and the All-Ireland winning set dancers from Tulla. The headline event of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2017 takes its audience on a journey through the musical and cultural landscape of Ireland honouring some of the greats who have helped shape and define our tradition down through the generations. Inspired by some of the our finest tunes and songs, Legacy will also feature newly composed music by acclaimed musician, Tom Doorley of Danú fame and will be scripted and directed by Ray Conway whose staging of the historical pageant Seachtar Fear - Seacht Lá was one of the highlights of last year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.