Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2019

After the resounding success of this years Iúr Cinn Fleadh we are very please to announce that Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2019 will take place from Thursday 5th September 2019 to Sunday 8th September 2019.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Trad Train at Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2018

Newry city hosts a whole weekend of ‘trad treats’ at Iúr Cinn Fleadh

It’s a ‘trad treat’ of home-grown, national and international acts. Iúr Cinn Fleadh will fill the streets of Newry with story and song.

From 6th-9th September residents, visitors and music lovers will enjoy a packed programme of concerts, culture and comedy headlined by a living legend of Irish music, Sharon Shannon.

Newry Town Hall will welcome this ace accordion player from County Clare on 7th September. Accompanied by Jim Murray and Jack Maher, Sharon keeps traditional Irish sounds at the core, while framing them with influences from other cultures and genres. Support act is highly talented Armagh duo Tiarnán and Meabh Smyth.

Launched this year at Newry’s Railway Bar – one of the many Fleadh venues around the city – organisers spoke of some of the new events that promise to draw more visitors to the area.

An unusual feature will be on 6th September at Sean Hollywood Arts Centre. Local lad Kieran Cunningham will present his popular one-man show ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ – all about the classic comedy genius of the late, great Dave Allen.

The Fleadh’s veritable feast of traditional and folk music is just getting better and better, growing in strength each year. For the first time, organisers can rightly say it’s now an ‘international’ festival – with San Francisco residents Noctambule and Spanish band Transgroak performing. Most events are free.

The Trad Cruise is unique to the Fleadh, offering a two-hour voyage down the Newry Ship Canal to the sounds of traditional Irish music. Various artists will perform for the passengers’ delight. The Trad Train also features music on the move, as Irish artists fill the Enterprise from Dublin to Newry with song.

Newry’s very first Battle of the Trads will see new or budding bands take to the stage for a 12-minute trad set which can include tunes and songs – with the winners emerging £500 better off (enter via [email protected]).

For those with an interest in the Irish language, a double decker bus hosts the Fleadh’s first Pop Up Gaeltacht in the city centre with the help of our friends at Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail.

Book lovers will enjoy listening to bestselling author Tony Macauley, who will read from Paperboy, Breadboy and All Growed Up at Riverside Church.

The weekend Trad Trail and Coffee Bar Crawl will give you the chance to listen to some accomplished musicians at some of the best venues in the city.

Launching the 2018 Iúr Cinn Fleadh at the Railway Bar in Newry. Front from left: Oisin McCann, Conor Fegan, Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Sponsors; Kayley Curtis and Arthur Dillon. Back from left: Columba O’Hare, Iúr Cinn Fleadh Committee; Brian Cleland, Newry 2020; Noel McCune, Riverside Church; Orla Hayes, Canal Court Hotel, Sponsors; Justin McNulty, MLA and Rebecca Byrne, Newry BID, Sponsors.

Also this year, South Armagh’s world renowned pianist and fiddle player Josephine Keegan receives the Fleadh’s Musical Icon Award – a night that will see musicians from across Ireland descend on Newry.

Fergal O’Brien and René deKat are hosting bodhrán workshops and launching edition 3 of their Bodhrán Tutor Book. The Caroline Session, currach trips, historical walks, Armagh Rhymers, Irish myths and legends, storytelling, gigs, Buttercrane International Buttermilk Drinking Challenge – and more – will ensure there’s never a dull moment.

Organisers thanked event sponsors Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Newry Bid, Arts Council NI, Canal Court Hotel, Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Bellinis, Enterprise, SocialClix.biz, Netcare and newry.ie – as well as all the venues and the press for their much valued support.

Committee members – who bring a wealth of skills to organising the event – were also thanked. It was noted it would be impossible for the event to take place without their hard work and enthusiasm.

‘Seeing at first hand this past week what established festivals can do for their location – namely the incredible successes of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda and the Rose of Tralee – made me realise the potential of an idea,’ said committee member Columba O’Hare. ‘Neither of these festivals started off with massive numbers – but this year Drogheda saw 500,000 people take to its streets.

‘When campaigning group Newry 2020 thought up Iúr Cinn Fleadh in 2014, the idea was to produce a signature festival for the benefit of the city. When you’re on the inside, seeing it growing year on year – with more venues wanting to be involved and much more interest from locals and outsiders – you realise the potential of Iúr Cinn Fleadh.

‘I’ve no doubt our incredibly diverse and talented organising committee will ensure that potential is fulfilled.’

To find out more or purchase tickets for events, check out www.iurcinnfleadh.com. You can also get tickets at Buttercrane Help Desk and Sean Hollywood Arts Centre.

TRÚ at Finegan and Son


TRÚ is a trio from Northern Ireland with an eclectic musical heritage, absorbing indie-rock, Irish trad, and choral harmony to create their own soulful vibe. TRÚ explores songs from folk traditions with a contemporary approach. They bring their music to Finegan and Son in Newry on the opening night of Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2018 which runs until 9 September.

Individually, these 3 artists are unique; Mormecha’s “LOFi LiFE” was shortlisted for the 2016 NI Music Prize; Trouton leads critically-acclaimed math-rock band tethers; and Kearney’s solo vocals feature on viral videos for Nintendo and World of Warcraft. Trouton and Kearney first met touring the world with global phenomenon ANÚNA, and they each bring their own personality to this trio.


Collectively, TRÚ’s sound is ambitious, intricate and timeless. Their début single was produced by critically-acclaimed independent jazz/hop-hop producer David Lyttle (Lyte Records). They played Celtic Connections 2018 in Glasgow and, as part of an upcoming tour, TRÚ plays UnAmpliFire 2018 in London and IMBOLC International Music Festival 2019 in Derry. TRÚ has also featured on BBC NI’s Trad ar Fad!, BBC Radio Ulster’s Folk Club and Blás Ceoil. Catch them in Newry at Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2018!


“Stunning!” – Sam Lee, Mercury Award nominee & BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner

“Very, very beautiful. Great song, great performance and great production” – Carl Corcoran, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance (former Presenter, RTÉ Lyric FM)

“Amazing! I love their soulful contemporary arrangements of traditional songs; how they allow the vocals to shine through in order for the audience to feel the power of the voice. They really haven’t disappointed!” – Lynette Fay, BBC Radio Ulster

“Powerful and moving” – Tommy Sands, songwriter

“Ceol íontach”- Dónall Mac Ruairi, BBC Raidió na Gaeltachta

“Love it!” – John Toal, BBC Northern Ireland

“Stunning!” – Liz Clark, Celtic Connections (DKOS)

“Fantastic!” – Celtic Music Radio 95FM

“An eclectic mix of styles – are TRÚ saving folk music?” – Tradconnect.com

Cover charge:  £5

Buy at Finegan and Son or at door on the night while stocks last

More information on Iúr Cinn Fleadh at www.iurcinnfleadh.com

The Trad Train – Roll into Newry’s festival to the rhythm of the rail!

Irish music will accompany the rhythm of the rail for a key event at Iúr Cinn Fleadh, the Newry city music festival, in September.

The ‘Trad Train’ run in conjunction with the Enterprise service offers to be a day out with a difference as Irish traditional musicians will entertain passengers on the Enterprise (Coach G) from Dublin Connolly to Newry on Saturday 8th September. You’ll enjoy not only the splendour of the Irish Sea coastline, but also the excitement of Irish sounds, as you travel across the engineering marvel of the Boyne viaduct.

Pictured putting in a bit of practice before the event are, from left: Brian Goodfellow, Rail Events Coordinator; Young musician, Matthew Smith; Lyndsay Orr, Enterprise Product Manager, and Eddie Campbell, Cross Border Supervisor. Photograph: Columba O’Hare/ Newry.ie

Taking the tuneful train at 11:20 from Dublin, spend the rest of your day sampling the delights of Iúr Cinn Fleadh such as the Coffee Bar Crawl with Noctambule and friends, Sail down Newry Canal on the Brienne with music from Cara Quinn and Michael Coney, pop in to a session or two, take the Buttercrane International Buttermilk Drinking Challenge, walking tour of Newry and Picnic in the Park – among many other activities.

On your return trip – the 19:02 departure from Newry – you will have another trad session on the train. Book your ticket online at www.irishrail.ie or www.translink.co.uk or just buy on the day. There is a free bus to and from Newry train station from the city’s Buscentre. The best nut picker uppers are able to make your work in garden easier. (You can choose to travel just one of the legs of the journey and depart/return at another time/ date or travel both)

Don’t forget to bring your instruments and join in if you wish.

‘This programme is a trad treat,’ said councilor Mark Murnin, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. ‘The streetscape and waterways of Newry will reverberate to the sounds of sessions galore!’


A prodigal son and a musical icon are among the highlights already planned for this year’s Iúr Cinn Fleadh (6th-9th September).

Local lad Kieran Cunningham returns to Newry with his unique one-man show based on the life of legendary comedian Dave Allen – From The Cradle To The Grave – to the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre on 6th September. Living legend Sharon Shannon is in concert with Jim Murray and Jack Maher at Newry Town Hall on 7th September.

Sharon Shannon
Sharon Shannon

A former student at St Joseph’s Boys’ High School and Newry Tech, Kieran Cunningham has been what he describes as ‘a big Dave Allen fan’ since childhood. He has fond memories of growing up in Newry amid its 70s sub-culture of five-a-side football and record shops.

It was going into Sounds Good in Monaghan Street that changed his life. Just as the young Kieran entered the record store, Neil Young’s Four Strong Winds stopped him in his tracks. ‘I loved that song,’ he recalled. ‘I went to learn guitar and I’ve been playing for 30 plus years!’

Now an actor and musician based in Manchester, Kieran has performed acoustic concerts and played roles in a number of TV, film and theatre productions across the UK, Ireland and America. His own Dave Allen show has packed out venues in England and Northern Ireland.

Sharon Shannon is a name woven into the fabric of traditional Irish music. Her journey with her accordion has led her to become of the world’s most highly acclaimed traditional musicians – and her personality has led her to be one of Ireland’s national treasures.

Kieran Cunningham returns to Newry with his unique one-man show based on the life of legendary comedian Dave Allen – From The Cradle To The Grave – to the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre on 6th September as part of Iúr Cinn Fleadh. Photograph: Clive Price

While best known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, Sharon also likes to surprise. She’s always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians.

Her latest album Sacred Earth is a rich blend of Irish and African influences, elements from the classical world, Shetland fiddle tradition, hip hop, country and blues – all simmering together in a sumptuous feast. Newry music fans will be delighted with such an offering.

‘It’s this freewheeling approach that makes Sharon Shannon so exciting,’ said music critic Robin Denselow. ‘And she puts it all down to the time she spent working with The Waterboys, when there were “no rules as to the type of music played”.’

Tickets for Kieran Cunningham and Sharon Shannon are available at www.iurcinnfleadh.com.

Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2018

Newry ready for Iúr Cinn Fleadh September 2018

The 5th annual  Iúr Cinn Fleadh takes place in Newry city from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th of September 2018.

In a short five years the festival has established itself firmly on the trad and folk music scene, showcasing the incredible depth of talent available in the city and hosting world class musicians and singers.

Happening just over two weeks after Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann down the road in Drogheda it’s the perfect time to get those instruments out of their cases and warmed up again!

Cup O’Joe and Niall Murphy entertain at Riverside Church for Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2017. Photograph: Columba O’Hare/ www.newry.ie

In one of the fleadh’s most popular events, Newry’s historic Canal will once again see trad musicians playing on board a tall ship sailing down the waterway at regular intervals over the weekend.

The buzzing Trad Trail sessions in local bars, storytelling, spectacular concerts, Musical Icon Award, workshops and dancers and even comedy are all back for 2018. Last year the festival saw the very first Newry Trad Youth Orchestra performing in the historic Riverside Church and this year the fleadh will move up a notch, once again bringing top class events and artists to Newry.

Newry is well know for it’s welcome, great bars and restaurants, top class accommodation and of course it’s easy access to Belfast and Dublin. Sure why not give it a try!

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