Sharon serenades a city

Past Iúr Cinn Fleadh headliner Sharon Shannon took centrestage at the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in London recently. ‘I loved it. Amazing atmosphere out there,’ Sharon told The Irish World.


After delighting the crowds in Trafalgar Square with smash hits like Galway Girl, Sharon said, ‘People love St Patrick’s Day even more outside of Ireland, I think, because it’s just a great excuse to celebrate being Irish, isn’t it?’.

In the online report by David Hennessy, Sharon added, ‘I love it, it just makes me proud to be Irish when I see how much St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world, it’s just amazing. It’s phenomenal how much love and respect people have for Ireland, it’s lovely’.

Sharon was headline act at the 2018 Iúr Cinn Fleadh. The Newry Democrat described it as ‘a serious coup’ for the Fleadh to book Sharon. The County Clare legend filled Newry Town Hall with her ace accordion playing.


Accompanied by Jim Murray and Jack Maher, Shannon showed how she’s kept traditional Irish sounds at the core, while framing them with influences from other cultures and genres. Her support act was highly talented Armagh duo Tiarnán and Meabh Smyth.

The 2018 Fleadh ran from 6-9 September. Newry residents, visitors and music lovers enjoyed the usual feast of home-grown, national and international acts in a packed programme of concerts, culture and comedy. (Photo: The Irish World)

Clive Price