Sunday 12th – Sunday 19th August
Bolton Square | Free
Sunday August, 2.30pm Official Opening of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 by Uachtarán na hÉireann / President of Ireland , Michael D. Higgins
WALKING TOURS WITH ‘MY STREETS’
Monday 13th – Sunday 19th August
Daily | St Peter’s Plaza | €5
A social enterprise which provides accessible training and employment opportunities to individuals who have experienced,or are currently experiencing, homelessness to become walking tour guides of ‘their’ streets. Enjoy our hour-long walking tour along the high-ways and the by-ways of Drogheda, offering kaleidoscopic, colourful insights into this historic town.
Book your tour on www.mystreetireland.com
SEAN O’LAOIRE MID – MORNING SESSIONS
Monday 13th – Friday 17th August
11am – 1pm | The Barbican Centre | Free
Following the popular Frank Crusty informal morning sessions in Ennis, Sean O’Laoire, well-known singer and gaeilgeoir, will lead these relaxed sessions of music, song and dance, each weekday of the Fleadh.
MUSIC AT THE GATE
Monday 13th – Sunday 19th August
12 – 1pm | Laurence’s Gate | Free
Join uileann piper Darragh Ó Héiligh and friends for a session of informal music, song and dance. A monthly initiative, developed in response to the fourthcoming hosting of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, has enjoyed a warm reception, inspiring and engaging the citizens of the region to observe and appreciate, enjoy and participate at one Drogheda’s most iconic monuments.
CEANNRÓDAITHE AWARDS & DINNER
Wednesday 15th August | 7.30pm | Westcourt Hotel | €50
The Árd-Ollamh award is presented for outstanding contribution to the promotion and development of traditional music. This year we honour Martin Power from Cork.
STORYTELLING WITH VINCENT PIERSE
Friday 17th August
5.00pm | Droichead Arts Centre, Barlow House | Free
RITA DUFFY: STRENGTH AND GLORY
Sunday 12th – Sunday 19th August | Highlanes Gallery
Tickets: Free, Donations welcome www.highlanes.ie
A contemporary art project examining the received gestures, symbols and props of Irish life. Drawing on artistic legacy such as that of Andy Warhol who encouraged looking again at the familiar and the mass produced as a political act, senior Iirish artist (Aosdána), Rita Duffy presents ‘multiple produce’ in an exploration of the irish lived experience. Historical, political and social events are reworked and presented to the viewer as irreverent thought – provoking everyday commodities – tins and jars are released from the larder to question our cultural divisions and values. All is approached and presented to reaffirm and examine the commonality of our essential human needs.
MILLMOUNT CULTURAL QUARTER
Sunday 12th – Sunday 19th August | Millmount Cultural Quarter
High on the hill with spectacular views of the Boyne and the town is Drogheda Musuem & Martello Tower. Visit an exhibition on traditional Irish music from the greater drogheda & North-East area, choose from the mythological & historical tours, and in the evenings experience ‘living history’ presentations. Millmount Cultural Quarter is also home to a number of craft studios, with artists and makers, from silversmiths and knitwear designers, to quilters and an exquisite painted silk practitioner. Makers will open their studios, offering courtyard demonstrations and a daily aonach ceardaíochta.