Thursday May 30th @ 7:30pm. Tickets Adults €10, Children €5, Family ticket 2 Adults + 2 Children €20. Box Office 047 39777.

Monaghan town will host this year’s Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann county Fleadh, a four-day celebration of Irish traditional culture starting on Thursday 30th May, running to Sunday 2nd June.  The programme of events will include performances, sessions and of course competition, as talent from across the county come together to compete in music, song, dance and language for the honour of county titles, and the chance to progress to represent themselves and their county at provincial and possibly all-Ireland level.

This year’s county fleadh is privileged to host, on opening night, the first public performance in County Monaghan by the Oriel Traditional Orchestra.  This 85-piece orchestra, which includes a range of instruments including harp, uilleann pipes, tin whistle, flute, fiddle, viola, cello, double bass, piano accordion, button accordion, concertina, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bodhrán, piano and percussion, will take to the stage at the Garage Theatre, Monaghan on Thursday the 30th of May at 7:30pm.   The Oriel Traditional Orchestra is a community initiative established in 2017 that brings together musicians from Armagh, Louth, Meath and Monaghan to perform arrangements of Irish traditional music with a focus on this region.

Performances by the Oriel Traditional Orchestra to date include joint concerts with Ceolta Sí from Youghal, Co. Cork, as well as appearances at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the Gerry Whelan weekend in 2018, and a joint concert with the DKIT Traditional Music Ensemble, Oirghialla Oscailte, in the Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk.  Under the direction of Noreen McManus, Adèle Commins, Daithí Kearney and Róisín Ward Morrow, the OTO have quickly developed into an ensemble with a significant social, cultural and musical impact on the region and Monaghan Comhaltas are delighted to welcome them to mark the opening of this year’s fleadh.  More information can be found on this exciting orchestral group at www.orieltrad.org.