The Westmeath County Fleadh returned to Castletown Geoghegan at the weekend for the first time since 2015, and what weather it was blessed with.
With the exception of a few damp hours on Sunday morning, it was a shirt sleeves weekend and that kept the mood and spirits high throughout.
Many weeks of planning and preparation culminated with chairperson, Enda Seery, officially opening the fleadh on Friday afternoon at the newly constructed GAA Centre.
The ceilí, set and sean-nós competitions took place there and after a marathon eight hours of polkas, slides, flings, jigs, reels and hornpipes, the curtain came down on a tremendous night’s entertainment.
Saturday was free from competitions but Comhaltas remembered past members and celebrated their cultural heritage with the Fleadh Mass. Everyone agreed that all of the contributors made the night special, but those who were there or those watching online will long remember the special performance of one Christy Dalton, who showed everyone all a thing or two about the rhythm of life with his sean-nós dancing.
The remaining competitions on Sunday were spread between the hall, the national school and the church, where competitors ranging in age from under 10 to over 70 took part in more than 30 events, finishing with the Ceilí Band/Grúpa Cheoil in St Michael’s Church on Sunday evening.
The organising committee, the volunteers, the local businesses and organisations and the community, worked together to make the fleadh a success.
Best of luck to those who have qualified for Leinster in July and for those who have not – keep performing, playing and enjoying your culture and pastimes. That is the most important part of any fleadh, said a spokesperson for Castletown Geoghegan Comhaltas.