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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Ennis

14 - 22 August 2016

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the most important event in the traditional music calendar. For many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion. For others it is a unique and welcoming festival of the best of traditional arts that offers a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all.

It is often said, as another Fleadh draws to a close, “This was the best Fleadh yet...!” And there is always some truth in that because each Fleadh builds on the success of its predecessors, adding the uniqueness of its own place and traditions to the experience gained by hardworking Fleadh Committees down through the years. In Clare we believe that the time has come for us to step forward and seek to emulate the achievements of other towns that have earned Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann the reputation that it has today.

Twice before, the All-Ireland Fleadh has been held in Ennis, in 1956 and 1977, and both were landmark events in the history of Irish traditional music. Now Ennis and Co. Clare will host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann once again and through a co-operative effort involving Comhaltas branches, local authorities, business people, sporting organisations and local volunteers, we will work hard to ensure that The Fleadh Down In Ennis 2016 is the best Fleadh ever!
Fleadh Cheoil

Scoil Éigse 2016


14th – 19th August 2016

Scoil Éigse is the official summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann where Irish people and international students of all ages register for the various instrumental music, singing, dancing and Irish language classes. The school provides workshops, lectures and sessions during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. It is the flagship event in the Comhaltas Education programme. Scoil Éigse provides a broad-based cultural educational experience for students, their families, other visitors and the general public.

RTE’s Kieran Hanrahan, himself a tutor at Scoil Éigse for many years and from Ennis, is Director of Scoil Éigse.


We love Clare and we want to share it with you - from the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher on the edge of the magical Burren, to the tranquil waters of the River Shannon at Lough Derg. Places like Miltown Malbay and Kilfenora, Tulla and Doolin beckon the music lover, while water-sports, surfing, angling, golf, horse riding, walking and cycling are there for all to enjoy. Sharing Clare is designed to help visitors to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 experience all the cultural and natural beauty that Clare has to offer. Organised by Comhaltas branches throughout the county, the programme will incorporate music sessions, set dancing, local tours and activities for visitors to the Fleadh who are staying in their area.

Check out the programme of events and activities in different towns and villages throughout the county where the cultural tradition has been preserved for generations and take this opportunity to share Clare.

Community and Cultural Parade

14th August 2016

Calling all community and sporting groups in County Clare.

Would you like to take part in the biggest traditional music festival in the world?

Your group is invited to participate in a Community & Cultural Parade which will be a highlight of the opening day of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016 on Sunday August 14th. The parade will be part of a day of celebration to mark the official opening of the Fleadh by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. The organising committee is very keen to make the parade both representative and inclusive. Each group can decide the style and content of its participation but the following guidelines might be useful.

Green Fleadh

Going green to protect the environment is a very important part of running Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The Green Fleadh will make it easy to reduce and segregate waste, minimise water and energy use, reduce carbon emissions and source goods and materials sustainably. It will help 400,000 visitors to Ennis take the necessary steps to protect and improve our environment.

All businesses including hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, and retail outlets will be encouraged to participate in a Green Fleadh Business Programme where a commitment will be made to have good waste management, to conserve water, be energy efficient and keep their patch clean. Green Fleadh window / door display stickers will be provided to all participating businesses. A free green business consultation or visit will be offered to participating businesses where lots of tips and advice will be provided to reduce energy waste and water costs. To acknowledge efforts made by business to be environmentally friendly all participating business will be given the opportunity to apply for a Green Fleadh Business Award after the Fleadh. Business can sign up to the Green Fleadh Business Programme by filling the registration form here. Green Fleadh Business members will be listed on the Green Fleadh web page in the month leading up to the Fleadh. In the meantime if businesses have any queries in relation to this programme please contact Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Officer at [email protected]


14 - 22 August 2016

Would you like to join our team and be part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Ennis 2016. This is your opportunity to be part of the biggest ever traditional music event in Co. Clare. We have roles for every age and every ability. You will meet new people, have fun and be part of the welcome to over 400,000 visitors! You can register online here or download the application form. You can also pick up an application form at your local library or contact the Clare Volunteer Centre [email protected] or tel 065 68 66 800.

Ennis, the Heart of the Tradition

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the greatest showcase for our Traditional Arts on Earth. For one week every August the very best of traditional talent from all over Ireland and the world comes together to meet, to compete, but, most importantly, to celebrate all that is best in Irish music song and dance.

For the host town, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann signals a joyful invasion of musicians and listeners alike, young and old, families and tourists, all drawn by the magic that the Fleadh promises and always delivers. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann also offers many challenges for the host town and surrounding communities as they work to accommodate the huge crowds, organising competitions and events to ensure that the Fleadh experience is a memorable one for all those involved.

Ennis itself is no stranger to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The town has twice before been home to the event and both occasions are regarded as milestones in establishing the Fleadh, both on the national and international stage, as a festival of significant cultural standing.




In August 2016 up to 400,000 people will visit Ennis for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Hotels, B&B’s and Hostels will cater for many of our visitors but others will require private accommodation. We as a community can make a great contribution to the Fleadh by renting rooms at reasonable prices over the period of the festival. If you have a house, room or bed to spare and would like to support the Fleadh, please register here with us online or by filling in the form which you can download here.

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