TURKISH AIRLINES AND GLOBE TRAVEL ANNOUNCE SPONSORSHIP OF FLEADH CHEOIL NA HÉIREANN 2018

Turkish Airlines and Globe Travel have announced sponsorship of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 which will take place this summer in Drogheda from 12th– 19thAugust.

Speaking on behalf of Turkish Airlines, General Manager Mr. Hasan Mutlusaid, “We’re tremendously excited by our partnership with this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and are looking forward to supporting the fantastic week when Drogheda takes the world to its heart.It’s a lively and appropriate way for us to thank and engage with our customers north and south and to celebrate this event together.

 At Turkish Airlines we talk of the positive role of travel in “cultivating our curiosity and finding delight in our differences” and  Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann echoes those sentiments.”

The partnership gives exclusive naming rights for the Turkish Airlines Lounge & Stage during the week of the Fleadh. Turkish Airlines have also contributed an impressive competition prize with the value of €10,000 for viewers tuning into TG4 for the Fleadh TV shows.

Fleadh TV Executive Producer, Paul McKay says “we are delighted to be teaming up with Turkish Airlines and Globe Travel to offer TG4 viewers an opportunity to win this fantastic prize!  It really is the holiday of a lifetime!”

 

Welcoming the sponsorship, Deputy Chair of the Fleadh Executive Committee, Padraic Kierans said, “this is a wonderful sponsorship, which provides a fantastic prize for those watching the LIVE broadcast on Fleadh TV to win in August. I would like to thank Sandra Finegan from Globe Travel who made the intro, and provided the platform for us to secure this great partnership with Globe Travel and Turkish Airlines. Drogheda and Turkey have a very special relationship going back centuries and those ties are strong and fruitful for both parties. We look forward to working with Globe Travel and Turkish Airlines to maximise their exposure from this generous sponsorship, and thank them both for their support of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2018 and Comhaltas.”

 

This is the first time in 46 years that the Fleadh will be held on the east coast of Ireland and the local economy is set to benefit to the tune of €40million. 400,000 visitors are expected to attend the week-long festival in August, with 30% of people expected to travel from overseas to enjoy the festivities on offer.

A group of Turkish musicians will also travel to perform at the Gig Rig during the week long Fleadh,  cemeting the historic relationship between Turkey and the town of Drogheda.

 

Tickets are now available to purchase for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 and the line-up of events and performances, which will take place every day from Sunday 12th through to Sunday 19th August 2018, is available to view at www.fleadhcheoil.ie

 

 

 

MUSIC AT THE GATE REALLY RAMPING UP!

The summer sunshine is here. The ice creams are being devoured. The mood is up and town of Drogheda is gearing up for Fleadh Cheoil in August.

 

In just over 4 weeks time, the town will be filled with thousands of visitors from near and far, coming to experience Irish music, language, song and dance.

 

But you don’t have to wait. Music at the Gate is back this weekend, but this time with a twist. Founder Darragh Ó hÉiligh tells us more. “July’s Music at the Gate has both a morning and evening event.  From 10:30am to 2pm the very popular morning session will take place where dozens of musicians, singers and dancers participate to make Drogheda buz with the sound of live music. As always people of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate.  After a break, Music at the Gate will resume again from 7 to 8:30pm with two very, very special guests. We’re thrilled to welcome Cyril O’Donoghue and Michael “Blackie” O’Connell as our guest performers.”

 

Since the foundation of Music at the Gate back in September, Darragh has organised regular concerts at the foot of St. Laurence’s Gate. The purpose is two-fold. Firstly, to celebrate the closing of the historic gate to traffic and reclaim it as a civic space. Secondly, to invite local performers to bring music to the streets of Drogheda on a regular basis.

 

But the very special benefit of Music at the Gate is that also allows Darragh to invite his fellow musicians from all around the country to play here in Drogheda.

 

Our first guest performer is Cyril O’Donoghue. He hails from County Clare and grew up with a strong musical tradition at home. A member of the trad supergroup “Providence” Cyril tours extensively playing bouzouki, guitar and singing.

 

He continues“Michael O’Connell is one of the most exciting uilleann pipers in Traditional Music. Having learned the pipes with the great Limerick piper Mickey Dunne, Michael has performed with Paddy Keenan, Finbar Furey and the Chieftains. He is a tourism ambassador for Ireland in the global Tourism Ireland internet and TV campaign.”

 

Taking place on Saturday 7thJuly from 7.00pm to8:30pm at Saint Laurence’s Gate, this free event is open to everyone.

 

Darragh concludes “We’re so excited that Cyril and Michael accepted our invitation to perform at Music at the Gate and I just can’t wait for everyone to hear them perform livea. Find out more by visiting www.MusicAtTheGate.ieand follow us on Facebook. See you at the Gate!”

 

#MusicAtTheGate is made possible by the support of a wonderful volunteer team, The Design Gallery, Order of Malta, Sarsfields, North east Marquees, Louth County Council, Drogheda Arts Festival and Ireland’s Ancient East.

COMHALTAS CEOLTÓIRI ÉIREANN LAUNCH FLEADH CHEOIL NA hÉIREANN 2018

Dr Labhrás Ó’ Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir, Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireannofficially launched Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 at a ceremony in the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda on Wednesday evening. This will be the 68thFleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and for the first time in it’s history the Fleadh will be held on the north east coast of Ireland.

Dr Labhrás Ó’ Murchú, said: “Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is now the largest and most unique cultural festival in the world. Its significance is cultural, economic and social and it is a tribute to all those who kept our cultural traditions alive down through the decades. Drogheda is an ideal venue for this celebration of whom we are as a people.”

Pat Flanagan, national P.R.O. of Comhaltas acted as Fear an Tí for the nightand Comhaltas musicians, singers and dancers from Drogheda and all parts of Co. Louth entertained the invited audience which included Vince Jordan, the newly elected Uachtarán of Comhaltas.  Members of the Ardchomhairle of Comhaltas joined with politicians, volunteers, sponsors and Comhaltas members from all parts of the country, to welcome the Fleadh to Drogheda.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 will have a significant emphasis on youth with children’s mid- morning sessions organised to run from Monday through to Thursday from 11.00 a.m. -12.00 p.m. in the Barbican Centre. The aim is to cater for children under the age of 12 that play music but are not attending Scoil Éigse. It will also offer an extensive youth programme which aims to increase student’s awareness of Irish culture and tradition and encourage them to become actively involved in the Fleadh.

Fiddles and bodhrans which were made by the Drogheda Men’s Shed and decorated by secondary school students in the town were on display at the launch and these will be displayed in various shops throughout the town during the Fleadh in August.

Families will be well catered for with lots of events at Seachtain na Gaeilge and the Mid Morning Sessions in the Barbican Centre which will be hosted by Sean O’Laoire, well known singer and Gaeilgeoir from Co. Meath.

Tickets are now available to purchase for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 and the line-up of events and performances, which will take place every day from Sunday 12th through to Sunday 19th August 2018, is available to view at www.fleadhcheoil.ie

 

 

PRIMARY SCHOOLS GATHER IN DROGHEDA ON MIDSUMMERS DAY FOR ‘CAS AMHRÁN’

PRIMARY SCHOOLS GATHER IN DROGHEDA ON MIDSUMMERS DAY FOR ‘CAS AMHRÁN’

Almost 1,500 students from 22 schools across Drogheda and surrounding areas came together to participate in ‘Cas Amhrán’ on -THURSDAY 21stof June in the  O’Raghallaigh’s GAA club as part of the youth programme for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

The ‘Cas Amhrán’ initiative involved primary school students learning6 chosen songs as gaeilgein school over the past few months which they performed on the day. Aston Village ETNS treated the participants to some tunes from their school Trad Group, while 12 pupils from Scoil Aonghusa, led by Máire Ní Cholim, sang Rince Philib a’ Cheoil’.   The event, hosted by Sean O’Laoire, from Co. Meath was aimed at increasing children’s awareness of Irish culture and tradition and encouraging them to immerse themselves in this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Orla Brannigan, Cathaoirleach of the Fleadh Youth Committee said: “I have been overwhelmed but not surprised by the numbers taking part in the event. The commitment and interest shown by the children at the outset and the encouragement and support provided by their teachers was a sure recipe for the success of ‘Cas Amhrán’. At the heart of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 is family and community and today’s performance by all the children epitomised that spirit of community”.

‘Cas Amhrán’ will be featured on the Gig Rig on Wednesday 15thAugust when the children the children are invited to bring along their families as part of an exciting and varied programme of events tailored for families and young people.

 

Further information on Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is available on the Fleadh website at www.fleadhcheoil.ie

€130K COMMITTED IN MAJOR SPONSORSHIP DEAL BY DROGHEDA & DISTRICT VINTNERS & HOTELIERS TO FLEADH CHEOIL NA hÉIREANN 2018

Members of the Drogheda & District Vintners & Hoteliers and their suppliers have announced a significant sponsorship deal as part of their commitment and support for Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018.

The deal, set to be worth in excess of €100,000, has the backing of all publicans in Drogheda who collectively employ in the region of 300 staff. Publicans and their suppliers have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for many months to put the package together.

The sponsorship is just one of a number of initiatives announced by publicans and their suppliers, who have also launched their unique Fleadh Pub guide and website set to be officially unveiled on Tuesday the 19thof June at the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda at 5pm.

Brian Browning, a member of the VFI Drogheda and District, said:“This significant sponsorship deal would not have been possible without the collaboration and support of suppliers who were not found wanting throughout the entire process”.

Colette Nugent Chairperson of Louth VFI said: “Publicans in Drogheda have made considerable financial investment in both their premises and staff over the past months to ensure that they will be Fleadh ready in order to provide their customers with a unique Fleadh visitor experience. Extra staff and resources will be in place to deal with the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected during the Fleadh in August.”

The user friendly detailed Fleadh Pub guide compiled in association with suppliers will allow visitors to the town identify, at a glance, the location of pubs and details of entertainment and other services provided by them during the Fleadh.

Similar information will also be provided online on the designated website which is set to be activated on the night.

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING FOR THE PEOPLE OF DROGHEDA

Members of the public in Drogheda are being invited to attend an important information briefing on arrangements for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018. The event, which is hosted by the local Fleadh Executive Committee and supported by Louth County Council, will be held on Thursday 21st June between 4pm and 7:30pm at the Drogheda Youth Development building on Narrow Street West.

A panel of representatives will lead the briefing from the Fleadh Executive Committee, Louth County Council, An Garda Síochána and Safe Events. The briefing will allow members of the public to review plans for the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and address any issues they may have with regard to traffic disruption, road closures and transport links during the week- long event.

Joan Martin Chief Executive of Louth County Council said: “The initiative will allow members of the public to voice any concerns they have in relation to preparations for the Fleadh or during the week of the Fleadh commencing in August. A team of experts will be on hand to answer queries and ally any fears which may be expressed during the information briefing”

Lolo Robinson Chairperson of the Fleadh Executive Committee (FEC) said: “The FEC and Louth Council are committed to working closely with the public to ensure that minimum disruption is caused during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann”

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the largest celebration of Irish music, song and dance in the world and this year’s event marks the first time that the festival will be held on the north east coast of the country. Fleadh Drogheda, which is supported by main sponsor the Credit Union, will be held from 12th – 19th of August and boasts some of the country’s most talented musicians, singers and dancers including Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, Zoë Conway, Damien Dempsey, Pádraigín Ni Uallacháin, Sibéal Davitt and Gerry O’Connor.

For further information on the special briefing session on Wednesday 30th May, please contact [email protected]

 

Children’s Mid Morning Sessions

Children’s Mid Morning Sessions will take place from 13-16 August from 11am-12pm at the Barbican Theatre in Drogheda.

Monday 13th August 
Join BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2013, Paddy Callaghan, Glasgow.
Tuesday 14th August 
Mid Morning session hosted by multi-instrumentalist Kathryn Brown, Tipperary.
Wednesday 15th August 
Enjoy a few tunes and maybe a song with CCÉ National Youth Officer Anthony Kavanagh, Mayo.
Thursday 16th August
Play some tunes with All Ireland Champion Musician and Percussionist Damien McGuinness, Sligo.

The sessions are hosted by some wonderful musicians from both Ireland and Scotland. The aim of the sessions is to cater for Children who are not attending Scoil Éigse. Beginner tunes like Terry Teehan’s, The Kerry Polka and Roddy McCorley will be played.

LOCAL BUSINESSES INVITED TO FLEADH CHEOIL NA hÉIREANN BRIEFING

Members of the local business community are invited to an important information briefing on arrangements for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018. The event, which is hosted by the local Fleadh Executive Committee and supported by Louth County Council, will be held on Wednesday 30th May, from 6pm for a 6.30pm start at the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda.

 

The briefing will be led by a panel of representatives from the Fleadh Executive Committee, Louth County Council, An Garda Síochána, the HSE and Louth County Fire & Rescue Service. The panel will address issues that businesses need to consider in advance of the Fleadh and participate in a Q&A session with attendees.

 

Entrepreneur Gavin Duffy will also be on-hand to facilitate a special session for the local business community around the Fleadh Charter, which prioritises excellence in customer service and the legacy element of the Fleadh. Gavin will draw on his extensive experience to discuss the long-term benefits for businesses who adopt the recommendations of the Fleadh Charter.

 

Commenting on the upcoming briefing session, Padraic Kierans said;“The Fleadh Executive Committee, in conjunction with Louth County Council, are committed to working with the local business community to maximise on the significant opportunities hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann offers, from both an economic and tourism perspective.

 

“With over 400,000 people expected to attend the week-long event and an estimated €40 million to flow into the region as a result of the festival, it is vital that we work together to ensure Drogheda and the surrounding region offers a unique and memorable visitor experience this August. This summer’s event will shine a spotlight on the region and it is therefore crucial that, through initiatives such as the Fleadh Charter, we collectively put our best foot forward to ensure we deliver excellence in customer service and the warmest of welcomes.“

 

 

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the largest celebration of Irish music, song and dance in the world and this year’s event marks the first time that the festival will be held on the north east coast of the country. Fleadh Drogheda, which is supported by main sponsor the Credit Union, will be held from 12th– 19thof August and boasts some of the country’s most talented musicians, singers and dancers including Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, Zoë Conway, Damien Dempsey, Pádraigín Ni Uallacháin, Sibéal Davitt and Gerry O’Connor.

 

For further information on the special briefing session on Wednesday 30thMay, please contact [email protected]

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR FLEADH CHEOIL NA HÉIREANN 2018

DROGHEDA WELCOMES FLEADH CHEOIL NA hÉIREANN 2018

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 is the largest celebration of Irish music, song and dance in the world and has been launched in Drogheda, Co.Louth today, Tuesday 1st May 2018. This year’s Fleadh, which is sponsored by the Credit Union, will be held from 12th – 19th of August and boasts some of the country’s most talented musicians, singers and dancers including Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, Zoë Conway, Damien Dempsey, Pádraigín Ni Uallacháin, Sibéal Davitt and Gerry O’Connor.

Is é Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 an ceiliúradh is mó ar domhan de cheol, amhránaíocht agus rince na hÉireann. Lainseáladh é inniu, an chéad lá Bealtaine, 2018, i nDroichead Átha, Co. Lú. Is é an comhar creidmheasa a dhéanfaidh urraíocht ar Fhleadh na bliana seo, agus beidh sé ar siúl idir 12 agus 19 Lúnasa. Beidh cuid de na ceoltóirí, amhránaithe agus rinceoirí is fearr sa tír, leithéidí Martin Hayes agus Denis Cahill, Zoë Conway, Damien Dempsey, Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, Sibéal Davitt agus Gerry O’Connor ag glacadh páirte.

Today’s launch marks the first time Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be held on the northeast coast of the country and organisers have worked tirelessly to ensure that this year’s event will offer a unique and memorable experience for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors can look forward to seeing Stockton’s Wing reform for a one-off performance for the first time in decades, whilst Irish traditional band Beoga who were recently announced as the support act for Ed Sheeran’s greatly-anticipated Irish shows, are sure to draw large crowds into Drogheda this August.

Inniu an chéad uair dár lainseáladh Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann san oirthuaisceart, agus tá an-dua caite ag na heagraitheoirí le go mbeidh an ócáid seo taitneamhach don teaghlach ar fad, agus go mbeidh cuimhne air le fada an lá. Beidh Stockton’s Wing ag teacht le chéile le haghaidh oíche amháin den chéad uair le blianta fada. Anuas ar sin, cloisfear ceol ó Beoga, an grúpa a bheidh ag tacú le Ed Sheeran ina chuid seónna in Éirinn. Is cinnte go mbeidh slua mór ag tarraingt ar Dhroichead Átha an Lúnasa seo.

Aoife Ruane, Chair of the Programme Committee said: “We have taken great pleasure and pride in exploring and preparing the concert programme for this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann; reflecting the immense wealth of talent, experience, and ingenuity in traditional Irish music today, and in particular highlighting the work of artists in the Oriel Region. Drogheda is situated at the southern end of the ancient kingdom of Oriel, stretching northwards across borders and boundaries to Armagh. It is one of the richest areas of traditional music in Ireland and has a wealth of music collected in manuscript and transmitted orally down through generations.”

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 offers Drogheda and the surrounding region a unique opportunity to showcase itself on both a national and international stage. With over 400,000 people expected to visit the region for the week-long festival, 30% of which are expected to travel from overseas, organisers are committed to promoting Drogheda and County Louth as a world-class tourist destination.

Colm Breheny, Ireland’s Ancient East Manager, Failte Ireland commented: “Failte Ireland is delighted to support Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 in Drogheda this August. Hosting such a prestigious event affords County Louth an unrivalled opportunity to showcase the many things it has to offer to both residents and visitors alike from heritage, culture and Irish tradition. 2018 also marks the first time that the Fleadh will take place on the north east coast of Ireland, allowing us to shine a spotlight on what makes Ireland’s Ancient East truly special.”

The Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin commented: “Hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for two consecutive years is an honour for County Louth and the town of Drogheda. It also offers significant economic benefits for the area, with an estimated €40million expected to flow into County Louth as a result of the festival.

 

“Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will shine a spotlight on the region, affording us an opportunity to cement the area as a must-visit destination for both domestic and international visitors. County Louth has a long-established and extensive arts, heritage and cultural programme and the Fleadh will further underpin this, whilst also enhancing our flourishing ‘Creative Ireland’ programme.”

 

This year’s line-up has been described as one of the most exciting to date, with an array of artists of local, national and international significance including the Hot House Flowers, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin, Odhrán Ó Casaide, Mairead and Triona Ni Dhomhnall, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, Moya Brennan & Cormac De Barra, Ulaid, The Voice Squad and Sibéal Ní Chasaide. Completing the line-up are Kieran Hanrahan, this year’s recipient of the third The Flanagan Brothers Award, Michael Holohan, Mick O’Brien & Family, banjo player Stevie Dunne, the RTÉ Contempo Quartet and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in a programme that also celebrates Irish traditional music song and dance and its importance through families and the intergenerational exchange that takes place.

Commenting on Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Dr Labhrás Ó’ Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann said: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is now the largest and most unique cultural festival in the world. Its significance is cultural, economic and social and it is a tribute to all those who kept our cultural traditions alive down through the decades. Drogheda is an ideal venue for this celebration of whom we are as a people.”

Drogheda is a town built on community spirit. It is a vibrant town driven by a positive outlook, nestling in a tranquil oasis of heritage and culture. Its enthusiasm and can-do attitude has never been more evident than when it was announced that the Fleadh would be coming to Ireland’s biggest town this August. The many community and voluntary groups of Louth were not found wanting when asked to help with the mammoth task of organising the biggest celebration of Irish culture in the world.

In addition to the army of volunteers, who are instrumental in the planning and staging of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the local community are also being encouraged to get involved in this years festivities. With hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend this summer’s event, residents in Drogheda and the surrounding region are being urged to rent out their homes or spare rooms to people searching for accommodation.

People are also invited to take part in various other activities surrounding the Fleadh, including the incredibly popular Scoil Éigse, which offers people of all ages the opportunity to participate in workshops and traditional music sessions to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Irish music. It is estimated that approximately 900 musicians will attend Scoil Éigse workshops in Drogheda this August.

This year’s Fleadh offers an extensive youth programme which aims to increase student’s awareness of Irish culture and tradition and encourage them to become actively involved in the celebrations for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The school children of Drogheda and the surrounding region are leading the charge when it comes to participation and initiative, by taking part in musical events and arts and crafts programmes with their local communities.

The Chairperson of the Fleadh Executive Committee, Lolo Robinson said: “I am delighted at the level of interest shown by the community who have come forward in large numbers expressing an interest in getting involved in Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

 

“The people of County Louth are no strangers to opening up their homes to visitors and giving them a céad mile fáilte to remember.”

 

Speaking on behalf of the collective group of Credit Unions across the North East sponsoring Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Tom Kiely, CEO, Drogheda Credit Union commented: “It is very exciting that a group of Credit Unions across the North East have come together to be Main Sponsor for the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018.  Drogheda Credit Union and Dundalk Credit Union have teamed up with Credit Unions across Louth, Meath & North Dublin to support our communities for this massive event, tying in with our not-for-profit ethos and role at the very heart of our communities. 

 

“The Credit Union consistently aim to support community enhancing events and the Fleadh 2018 event in Drogheda is a unique opportunity to become part of a much wider initiative showcasing Drogheda and the surrounding areas as places of beauty, culture and go to tourist destinations. This is the first year in its history that the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has come to County Louth and we have no doubt it will be a wonderful event to all to enjoy.”

 

Jennifer Brennan, CPS Procurement Director, Coca-Cola International Services added: For over 40 years Coca-Cola International Services has played a significant role in supporting the local community here in Drogheda and so we are delighted to demonstrate our on-going commitment to Drogheda through the sponsorship of the Volunteer Programme for this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann!”

 

Whether attending for one day or the entire week, Drogheda and County Louth as a whole offer a wealth of attractions and the warmest of welcomes to visitors this August.

Tickets are now available to purchase for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 and the line-up of events and performances, which will take place every day from Sunday 12th through to Sunday 19th August 2018, is available to view at www.fleadhcheoil.ie

 

Internationally renowned Fiddle player Zoë Conway pictured here with Hothouse Flowers musician Liam Ó Maonlaí at the launch of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018