All are welcome at Bleachfields Bistro, Milltown, this Friday, May 31st  at 8 pm when Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí 2019 will be launched. The mid-Kerry town hosts the Fleadh from June 19th to 23rd. It will be the second year running in Milltown and will again host a fantastic weekend of top-quality free family entertainment in a packed and varied program. The Fleadh will be launched by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley, main sponsors Chapter 23 Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, and will feature music and special guests.

The Fleadh competitions sees the cream of Kerry traditional music vie for a place in the Munster and All-Ireland fleadhanna but is also an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the vibrant trad. scene in the county. Milltown’s street entertainment programme will feature one of the top acts in world music, Kila, playing on Saturday night, June 22nd. This is a free, outdoor gig, and will also feature support acts from around the county. Friday night and Sunday afternoon will feature the outdoor ceilidh, a great spectacle for dancers and wallflowers alike. Kids will be well entertained, with a drumming workshop specially for kids on Saturday at 2, and fun with “Time to Party” putting fun events on Sunday. “Spin City” funfair will be in Milltown all week also.

Young musicians are also invited to join in the “Denis Courtney Memorial Street Entertainment Competition”, and have a crack at winning some of the €500 prize fund, sponsored by the local Rathmore and District Credit Union. There will be sessions in the local bars all week and the annual “Singing Club” takes place in Larkins Bar on Thursday night.