The last time the Fleadh was held in Tubber there was in 2003 and indeed many of that committee are on the present one.
A lot of work has been done to arrange and prepare for this prestigious event. A full line-up of events is arranged, kicking off with the official launch of the Fleadh in the Cat and Bagpipes tonight, Friday April 21 at 9pm followed by music with 'Jiggers of Éireann'.
On Saturday, April 22nd Camillus Hiney and local musicians will lead a traditional session in the Cat and Bagpipes. Camillus has just launched his debut CD 'Bakers Dozen'.
The Fleadh Mass will take place on Sunday, April 23 at 11.15am in the Church of the Holy Family, Tubber.
Also on that day there will be a sean nós dancing workshop for children and adults in Tubber Community Hall from 2 pm–4 pm hosted by the well-renowned Sibéal Davitt.
In 2009 she won 'Glas Vegas', a national competition televised on TG4, and subsequently performed in Las Vegas and at leading venues around the world.
She is also a graduate of the MA Contemporary Dance in University of Limerick.
In addition to this, she choreographed and performed in the RTÉ production of 'Centenary', which was broadcast live last year as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations.And to round off that Sunday there is a Junior Session in the same venue from 6pm to 8pm.
On Wednesday April 26 there is Storytelling and Singing night in Tubber Hall at 8.30pm with special guests on the night and on Thursday April 27 a great night of set dancing is promised with the very capable Nora Carroll on board to call the sets, so dust off the dancing shoes and make your way down to Tubber for a night not to be missed!
Competitions get under way on Friday April 28 in Tubber School at 5pm with the sean nós and set dancing competitions and on Saturday April 29 competitions start at 10.30am in the school and continue right through the day.
The Fleadh Ceilí takes place that night in the School Hall from 9pm to 12pm with music by Davy Joe and Carousel.
Sunday sees the last day of competitions in the school hall starting at 10am and finishing with the ceilí band competition that evening.
On Bank Holiday Monday, May 1st the St Manchan's Ladies host their annual 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk starting at the GAA centre at 3pm.
Times are subject to change so please check the www.offalyfleadh.com website.
This great event would not be possible without the assistance of the local community and organisations within the community, Sponsors, Offaly County Board and Offaly County Council.
A great week full of music, song, storytelling and dance is in store for everyone!