FÉILE ORIEL TO LIGHT UP MONAGHAN’S BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

4 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Michael McDonnell
michael@northern-standard.ie

Monaghan town will be in festive mode again this bank holiday weekend when recessions, referendums and all such mundane concerns will quite rightly be set aside as Féile Oriel’s full programme of trad music, song and entertainment gets underway.
Over 22 traditional sessions featuring top musicians and singers from a wide area will be enjoyed by the punters in Andy’s, Master Deery’s, McKenna’s, McManus’s, Sherry’s, The Shamrock, The Squealing Pig, Terry’s and the Westenra, while a full array of local performers on the ‘Gig Rig’ at The Diamond will keep the centre of the town alive throughout Saturday (1pm–5pm) and Sunday (2pm–5.30pm) afternoon and evening.
FIDDLER OF ORIEL
The centrepiece of the festival will, as ever, be the long-established ‘Fiddler of Oriel’ competition, where the pedigree and standing of previous champions makes this a prestigious accolade and one that is unique to Irish traditional music. A generous €1,500 for the senior winner and €200 for their counterpart in the junior competition will make the laurel even sweeter, and they will be safe in the knowledge that the fairness and integrity of the scrupulous screened adjudication process is beyond question.
CHILDREN’S EVENTS
AND MORE
While music sessions and concerts remain at the heart of the festival, a wide and varied array of extra activities will be taking place around the town, including …

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