Ardoyne Fleadh Cheoil kicks off

It’s that time of year when there’s so much going on that your head spins. Yes it’s festival time and this weekend as one festival ends, another begins.
The Ardoyne Fleadh Cheoil begins in earnest on Saturday and will dish out a generous helping of fun, music and craic over an eight-day stretch.
At Holy Cross Church on Saturday evening at 7pm the now well-established pre-Fleadh Mass will be said by Father Ephraim in Irish.
There will be traditional music at the event as well as Irish dancing, and the offertory procession will be presented by Ardoyne Kickhams GAC.
On Sunday, August 8, the opening parade of the Fleadh will kick off at 11am. This year’s theme is ‘The Colours of Ireland’ and everyone is being encouraged to decorate their streets and themselves in the brightest colours possible. Prizes will be given out on the day for the best dressed.
On Monday, August 9, Marie Jones’ play, ‘A Night in November’ has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. One of the play’s main actors has been hospitalised and unfortunately the show can’t go on.
But in its place, the organisers of the Fleadh have scheduled the hilarious sketch, ‘One flew over the Henrik Larsson’s Lounge’ to rock the rafters of Ardoyne Kickhams.
This play written by Scotsman Tom Sweeney has been receiving rave reviews since it went on the road.
Football they say is a game of two halves, and in similar fashion, this play is focused on a bunch of grumpy old men, half Celtic fans, half Rangers, who meet every day in their local to slag each other off. Then one day a practical joke backfires and mayhem descends on the Henrik Larsson Lounge.
We’ve been told book early for this one, although you can see it again on Thursday, August 12 as part of the Fleadh Comedy Night.
Children will get a chance every day to boogey their socks off at the Flax Centre Car Park. From 2-4pm and 8-10pm on Sunday to Thursday there’ll be jokes, music and of course the Stars in Their Eyes competition for people to look forward to. DJ Slick will be there and admission is free.
Lastly look out for lots of Italians and French musicians. They will be playing on the main stage at the weekend and will be holding a music demonstration and workshop on Thursday, August 12, at the Fleadh office at 2pm.

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