Céad Míle Fáilte, go gach duine go dtí Ath Cinn.
The Fleadh Committee and I would like to welcome everyone to Headford this Fleadh weekend. We hope you enjoy the whole experience of the Fleadh and the huge social gathering to celebrate our Language, Music, Song and Dance. “Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh siad” is an old Irish saying that means when we praise our youth and give them opportunities they will prosper, grow and show us the way. Comhaltas is all about giving opportunities to people to achieve and grow in confidence.
When a stranger sits beside another total stranger they don’t know anything about each other but when they play, sing or dance together they communicate with each other in so many ways and create a joyous experience. I hope that people will meet others here in such way in Headford and bring home wonderful memories of this weekend. To the Competitors’ I say take a deep breath and do of your best in our Fleadh Competitions and be happy to be part of this Event. You are a winner all our Eyes by taking part.
I am extremely grateful to C.C.E Kilcoona/ Headford for hosting this feast of Culture. To say that this is an event does not adequately cover what has been happening around this area this . The Kilcoona/Headford Branch have been in existence for many years teaching the traditions and they have also been running the most enjoyable Sessiuns and Ceili , for the young and not so young, in this Region, setting down strong roots and generating new friendships in the Community. The Branch Committee have been a joy to work with and have helped bring in many others from around the Community to make this an outstanding festival.
We would like to thank the Principals and Management of both Presentation College Secondary School and Scoil Mhuire na Dea Chomhairle National School as well for providing their fine Premises and facilitiesfor the Fleadh this weekend. I am extremely grateful for all the sponsorship from St. Jarlath's Credit Union, Galway County Council, Comhaltas Ceolteóirí Eireann and the local businesses around Headford in making this week possible and the open hearted welcome the community have given everyone. Thanks to everyone around Headford for the huge effort in making visiting the town so memorable. I would also thank all the Comhaltas People from around our County and beyond for giving their time in helping out to ensure that events are run as professionally as possible.
Comhaltas should be proud and one happy family over this weekend. Well done to all concerned.