The Mid-Atlantic Fleadh

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The 2023 Mid-Atlantic Fleadh will take place May 12-14.  Registration opens on March 3.


Click here for the 2023 Fleadh Syllabus

Click here for the list of trophies

Entry: To register for the 2023 Fleadh, enter your information into the Fleadh Entry Form at the bottom of this page.  Once you press submit, your registration details will be submitted to us electronically.  Submit a separate entry form for each individual you register.  Once you've finished submitting entry forms, visit our “Registration Payment” page.  There, add “Fleadh Registration” to your cart as well as any additional solo, duet, trio, group, or dance competitions, as required.  The total amount you’ll be charged should reflect the amount you indicated at the bottom of your 2023 Fleadh Entry Form(s).  (See next section for entry fee schedule.)  Next, click the “Checkout” button and you’ll be directed to our payment page.  Finally, click on the PayPal button on the left.  Payment is due immediately and can be made using your personal PayPal account or with a major credit card or debit card.  Receipt of payment will be emailed to you by PayPal.  (You may also pay by check though the mail, sent to Terry Rafferty, 151 Prospect Avenue  # 2A, Hackensack, NJ  07601-2217.)

Entry Fees:  Music competition fees are $30 per entrant for one solo instrumental, duet, trio, or sean nós competition; $10 for each additional solo, duet or trio competition.  A family will not pay more than $125 in music competition fees.  The fee for céilí bands and for grúpaí ceoil is $100.   For dance competitions, which are separate, the fee for a four hand céilí or set dancing team is $40, the fee for an eight hand céilí or set dancing team is $80.  Please also be aware the Family Admission Fee. It is due PER FAMILY at the time of registration & is added to the entry fee.   The deadline for registration and payment is April 10, 2023 – see online entry form below.   Payments and/or registrations received after April 10 will be subject to a $50 late fee.  This late fee will be effective as of April 11.  Duets, trios, grúpaí ceoil, and céilí bands must be registered by the Fleadh entry deadline and will not be permitted to register during the Fleadh weekend.

Photography: The Mid-Atlantic Region of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will video, photograph and record performances over the course of the Fleadh Weekend.  By registering for the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh, you grant Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s Mid-Atlantic Region permission to use your likeness on our website, social media, and archives.  Please note that if your child is competing in group competitions, all children within that particular group will be photographed as it is impossible to remove one child for pictures. An opt-out form will be available in the Fleadh Office for solo competitors only.

Fleadh RulesClick here for the Clár na gComórtas (syllabus), which includes the official competition rules as well as information about your correct competition number and grade

Tír na nÓgclick here for complete information about the Under 10 Tír na nÓg competition and entry

Accommodation: A block of rooms for the "Mid-Atlantic Irish Music Weekend 2023" has been reserved at the Parsippany Hilton (1 Hilton Ct, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054) at the rate of $169/night.  This special room rate includes breakfast for two; breakfast for any additional guests can be bought on site. This rate will be available until April 29 or until the group block is sold out. Please be aware that a reservation is a default Friday and Saturday night stay and if you wish to add or subtract nights, you can do so by using the "Edit Stay" button in the top right hand corner on the booking page. You can begin your reservation online by clicking here.  Those that prefer to book over the phone can call 800-HILTONS and use group code MUSIC for “Comhaltas” to receive special room rate.

Hall of Fame Banquet & Céilí: On Saturday, May 13, our Hall of Fame Banquet & Céilí will include the installation of Mary Coogan, Bruce Foley, and Jimmy Lavin (R.I.P.) into our Hall of Fame. In addition, we will give our Service Award to Gerry & Geraldine Rodican!  Reservations required.  Tickets for individual unassigned open seating are $75 per person and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.   Reserved full tables of ten are available for $750.   Click here to book online through our Hall of Fame Banquet ticketing page, or through the mail by contacting Fiona Smith at 631-796-7217/ 

Advertise in our Journal!: In an effort to reach a larger audience than ever before, we welcome you to place an ad in our digital journal which will be shared at the banquet, during the Fleadh Weekend, and also posted on our website and social media outlets for three months following our event.  This is a wonderful opportunity to congratulate this years' honorees and to show support for the talented competitors. The deadline for all submissions is April 24th, you can submit and pay for your ad by clicking here.  

To register, complete the form below.  Required fields are marked with an asterisk.*  Payment is due at time of registration.  Submit a separate entry form for each individual or group you register.  Once you've submitted your registration (or registrations, if you're submitting for more than one person), you will be directed to our payment page, where you can pay using your credit card, debit card, or personal PayPal account.   Please pay for all your registrations in a single payment!  You can select multiple registrations on the payment page, the amount you will pay should reflect the combined total of every registration you submit. 

Register Here for Fleadh Competition

Grades and

a = A person whose 12th or earlier
     birthday occurs on any date in the year
     of Fleadhanna Ceoil competitions.
b = 12-15: a person whose 13th, 14th or
     15th birthday occurs on any date in the
     year of Fleadhanna Ceoil competitions.
c = 15-18: a person whose 16th, 17th or
     18th birthday occurs on any date in the
     year of Fleadhanna Ceoil competitions.
d = O-18: a person whose 19th or greater
     birthday occurs on any date in the year
     of Fleadhanna Ceoil competitions.
All competitions a/b/c/d unless otherwise noted 

Your competition number is listen 

Solo Competitions 
1. Fiddle 
2. Two Row Button Accordion 
3. Concert Flute 
4. Tin Whistle (6 hole penny-whistle styles
5. Piano Accordion 
6. Concertina 
7. Uilleann Pipes 
8. Harp 
9. Mouth Organ 
10. Banjo 
11. Mandolin 
12. Piano 
13. One Row Melodeon (old style) 
14. Miscellaneous Instrument (any 
          instrument not listed)   
15. Accompaniment 
16. Bodhran   
17. Céilí Band Drummer 

Solo Slow Airs 
18. Fiddle 
19. Uilleann Pipes 
20. Concert Flute 
21. Tin Whistle 
22. Harp 

23. Duet 
24. Trio
25. Ceili Band 
26. Grupai Cheoil 
27. Accordion Band (Marching) 
28. Flute Band (Marching) 
29. Miscellaneous Band (Marching) 
30. Pipe Band (Marching)

31. Irish Singing: Ladies 
32. Irish Singing: Men 
33. English Singing: Ladies 
34. English Singing: Men 
35. Whistling 
36. Lilting 
37. Newly Composed Songs: Irish 
38. Newly Composed Songs: English

39. Newly Composed Dance Tunes (any

40. 8-Hand Céilí Ladies 
41. 8-Hand Céilí Mixed 
42. 4-Hand Céilí Ladies 
43. 4-Hand Céilí Mixed 
44. Full Set Ladies
45. Full Set Mixed 
46. Half Set Mixed  f/d (U18/O18)
47. Full Set Mixed O35 L 
48. Sean Nós 

Irish Language Conversation/Storytelling
49. Comhrá Gaeilge –
50. Story telling 
51. Scéalaíocht

2023 Fleadh Highlights

Friday May 12

  • 8:00am–6:00pm, registration
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm, grúpa cheoil
  • 8:00pm-late, seisiún

Saturday May 13

  • 8:00am-4:00pm, registration
  • 8:00am–10:00am, breakfast
  • 9:00am–5:00pm, solo music competitions
  • 6:30pm, banquet doors open
  • 7:00pm, gala banquet & awards ceremony 
  • 9:00pm, céilí

Sunday, May 14

  • 8:00am-6:00pm, registration
  • 8:00am–10:00am, breakfast
  • 9:00am, Irish mass
  • 10:00am–6:00pm, U18 & O18 slow air solos, ceílí drum solos, duets, trios, ceílí bands