Fleadh Na Riochta

June 22-24th

Fleadh na Riachta, the festival of the kingdom celebrates the Kingdom of Glan that sits on Cuilcagh this weekend. It is a weekend of music, dance, pagentry, family fun and a celebration of our community.

The Summer Solstice frames the celebrations, as the community bring friends and local talent together for a weekend of song, dance and music. The festival opens with traditional music from Gary Curley, Kevin Loughlin and friends in Glan Bar on Friday Night. The bonfire sits idle as the weekend grows with activity.

Saturday’s Family Fun Day at Curravagh National School celebrates the ongoing campaign to Stand With Glan. Neven Maguire will raise the school’s fifth Green flag for their commitment to biodiversity at 1pm. The afternoon will include a series of workshops, from local artist, Jim Fee, the Under 17 County Cup Winners, and the Geo parklands. With bouncy castles, face paining and a few surprises it promises to be a great day out. The mummers’ workshop, offers a hint of what’s to come with the bonfire pageant. The bonfire ,beginning at 10.30, will call on all to Stand with Glan. It will be followed by music, song and dance from Glenfarne Ceoltas.

Sunday Morning (11.30am), a Fleadh Mass will remember all those past and present. At 2pm Jim Nolan will lead a bi-lingual guided walk where you can learn about the enigmatic Séan Éamoinn Ruairí on this Geopark Trail. The afternoon offers a competitive dash as the car treasure hunt “heads east’ at 2pm. Each year it draws large numbers to decipher the trail of clues that will bring you around the Cuilcagh region. Manorhamilton Ceoltas will close the festival with traditional music from Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh in Glan Bar.

The climax of the festival is Saturday nights’ bonfire celebration. Summonsing our pagan past something magical happens, as the fire sparks and the pageant begins. The inaugural procession brought the late Peter Third, the honoury king, to the kingdom and this year we will be called to STAND WITH GLAN. This procession could be one of the last to see the beech tree crest of the school children dance with the beat of their community. It is a timely reminder of why we must stand, and hope that some will stand with us and together we can do enough to keep our school doors open and our community thriving for another year.