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Memories of the Fleadh

Weird Westmeath's Memories of the Fleadh Cheoil, 1963 - 2022

Weird Westmeath

  • Co. Westmeath

Mullingar, County Westmeath, will host the Fleadh Cheoil 2022 from July 31st - August 7th. Mullingar was the setting of the first Fleadh Cheoil in 1951, and the last time the event happened there was all the way back in 1963.

To mark the occasion, Weird Westmeath will attempt to interview people who were present at the 1963 Mullingar Fleadh Cheoil to make an oral history record of their memories of the event.

Simultaneously, during the 2022 Fleadh Cheoil, Weird Westmeath will interview people on the scene in Mullingar to document their experience of the event, and in a sense create a time capsule, or 'oral history to-be' of the event.

With the permission of the interviewees, these interviews will become videos that will be shared on Weird Westmeath's social media channels everyday of Heritage Week 2022.

With this project Weird Westmeath hopes to preserve the first-hand knowledge of the 1963 Fleadh in Mullingar, and create a record of the 2022 edition that will become an oral history of the significant cultural event for the future.

It is hoped that this project will promote heritage sharing between the generations, and illustrate how the present ought be recorded as we record the past, for both will soon after be heritage.


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