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

CREDIT UNIONS ACROSS THE NORTH EAST JOIN FORCES TO BE MAIN SPONSOR OF FLEADH CHEOIL NA hÉIREANN 2018

Drogheda Credit Union and Dundalk Credit Union have joined forces with a group of Credit Unions across Louth, Meath and North Dublin to fund the sponsorship of the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2018.

 

“The Credit Union” has been announced as the main sponsor of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which will take place this summer in Drogheda from 12th– 19thAugust. Both Drogheda and Dundalk Credit Unions celebrate their 50thanniversaries this year and have been strong supporters of Fleadh Drogheda from the outset, forming a collaborative group of Credit Unions that also includes Ardee Credit Union, Duleek Credit Union, Dunleer Credit Union and Progressive Credit Union from North Dublin to support and sponsor the biggest family festival in the country.

 

Sponsoring the massive community event that is Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann ties in with the Credit Unions’ not-for-profit ethos and role at the very heart of communities all over Ireland. “The Credit Union” consistently aims to make our communities a better place by supporting community enhancing events and initiatives and identified Fleadh Drogheda as a unique opportunity to become part of a much wider initiative showcasing Drogheda and County Louth as a place of beauty, culture and a go to tourist destination.

 

Tom Kiely, CEO Drogheda Credit Union said,“Drogheda Credit Union are delighted to support our community on what is to be the biggest event ever hosted in the town of Drogheda.”

 

Commenting further on the announcement, Geraldine Gilsenan, Chairperson of Drogheda Credit Union Ltd said,“We are excited to be on board as Main Sponsor of the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 which will be hosted this year in Drogheda. We have strong ties with our communities so it is great to be able to engage with such a huge event. People in our Trim & Bettystown communities and across the counties of Louth, Meath and North Dublin are alsogearing up for an amazing treat of seven days and nights of music, dancing, singing and craic.”

 

Billy Doyle, CEO of Dundalk Credit Union said,“Dundalk Credit Union are thrilled that “The Credit Union” will be the main sponsor of Fleadh Cheoil naÉireann 2018. The Fleadh is the biggest celebration of Irish music and culture and we are very excited to support this unique and memorable community event as part of our 50thanniversary celebrations. This is the first year in its history that the Fleadh has come to Co. Louth and we have no doubt it will be a wonderful event for all ages to enjoy.“

Welcoming the sponsorship deal theChief Executive of Louth County Council Joan Martinsaid,“Louth County Council are very much looking forward to working with “the Credit Union” as we prepare to welcome Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Drogheda. “The Credit Union” is a perfect fit as a main sponsor given its exemplary track record in supporting ordinary people, community initiatives and local organisations not just in Louth but across the country.”

 

This is the first time in many 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. Today’s sponsorship announcement comes ahead of next week’s official launch of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, when a full program of events will be announced.

 

 

Busking Competition

WELCOMING MUSIC BACK TO THE STREETS #MusicAtTheGate

After a very long winter, Music at the Gate is back to fill streets of Drogheda with traditional Irish music, song and dance.
Taking place on Saturday 5th May from 10.30am to 2.00pm at Saint Laurence’s Gate, this free event is open to everyone.

Founder of #MusicAtTheGate Darragh Ó hÉiligh explains “This is an open music session with the magnificent St Laurence’s Gate as our backdrop. Musicians from all over Leinster will be there to play. Locals are invited to sit in on the session, to sing or to dance. Drop along at any stage on Saturday and enjoy the music and fun.”

He continues “We’re thrilled to be joined at May’s #MusicAtTheGate by dancers from the world-renowned Ní Chearra Ó Baoláin School of Irish Dancing. They’ll perform on the day but they’ll also encourage the audience to join them and learn a few steps.”

Darragh, an internationally recognised Uileann Piper, explains “With Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann arriving in Drogheda in August, a visit to #MusicAtTheGate is a great way of introducing children to Ireland’s living traditions of Irish music, language, song and dance.”

Music at the Gate takes place during the Drogheda Arts Festival so there’s lots more to do afterwards including the free family day on St Dominic’s Park in the afternoon.

This is the fourth #MusicAtTheGate event in the series. The event started back in September, just weeks after the closure of St. Laurence’s Gate to traffic. Darragh, who is passionate about heritage, tradition and music, saw the opportunity to make the space under the Gate a performance space. He galvanised musicians and other supporters from the community to help make his idea into a reality. And what a success it has been. Each event attracts an average of 800 people over the course of the 3½ hour session.

Darragh concludes “Find out more visiting www.MusicAtTheGate.ie and follow us on Facebook. It promises to be a great session of music, song and dance – we look forward to welcoming a great crowd.”

#MusicAtTheGate is proudly supported by Design Gallery, Order of Malta, Louth County Council, Drogheda Arts Festival and Ireland’s Ancient East.

The Essential Guide To Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

The Executive Committee for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is finalising a full programme of events in the coming weeks as the final touches are put in place ahead of the week-long festivities set to take place.

Significant progress has been made in recent weeks with event organisers receiving a further endorsement of their hard work last weekend, as Drogheda was awarded the honour of hosting Fleadh 2019 for the second consecutive year.  A licence application was also submitted to Louth County Council this week, which is expected to give the official stamp of approval for the Fleadh to take place.

 

 As excitement mounts for this year’s event,  we have created an essential guide to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann:

 What is Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann?

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the Olympics of Irish Traditional Music, Song, Dance and Gaeilge.  It is a family festival that celebrates Irish Culture through a varied week-long programme of events.

When and where will it be held?

It will run from the 12th to the 19th of August 2018 in Drogheda, Co.Louth.

 What sort of events can I expect?

Visitors can expect to enjoy a week long programme full of events including: music sessions, singing sessions, concerts, parades, competitions, workshops, céilithe, town walks, youth events, streets sessions, comhrá agus cupán tae and more.

 How many people are expected to attend?

It is expected that 400,000 people will visit Drogheda over the course of the week.

 How will the Fleadh benefit Drogheda and the surrounding region?

Drogheda is expected to reap huge economic benefits from the week-long event, with an estimated €40m expected to be generated for County Louth as a result of the festival. The Fleadh also offers a unique opportunity to showcase Drogheda and County Louth as a must-visit tourist destination to domestic and international audiences, ultimately encouraging return visits to the area following the event.

What is Scoil Éigse?

The Scoil Éigse is the educational aspect of the Fleadh, offering daily workshops catering for all traditional Irish instruments. Approximately 900 musicians will attend the Scoil Éigse workshops.

 What is so special about the Fleadh?

The Fleadh is the pivotal event in every Traditional Irish Musicians annual calendar.

 What is the best part of the Fleadh?

Everyone has a different ‘best part’ of the Fleadh.  Make sure to be in Drogheda to discover what your favourite element is!

 How can people volunteer to help?

Volunteers are key to the success of the Fleadh. Over 1,000 volunteers will get involved in a variety of roles across the week such as competition volunteers, street stewards, Fleadh ambassadors, catering volunteers, Green Fleadh volunteers and administration support. To get involved see fleadhcheoil.ie/volunteers

 What sort of entertainment will there be for families?

The entertainment for families is endless, with events to suit all ages including a family gig rig, fun days in the parks, street entertainment, family orientated concerts and family music workshops, to name but a few.

For further information on this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann visit www.fleadhcheoil.ie

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Secondary Schools Initiative Launched As Part Of Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann Drogheda 2018

Secondary school students in Drogheda are being invited to take centre stage as part of the celebrations in the run up to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018. The Youth Committee for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann as part of its ongoing Secondary Schools Project is inviting students to put their stamp on a major creative initiative.

In collaboration with The Men’s Shed in Drogheda, The Youth Committee is teaming up with local businesses to create small wooden sculptures of traditional Irish musical instruments. Youth Committee Chairperson Orla Brannigan is calling on schools to get involved by painting and decorating the sculptures, which will be displayed throughout the town during the week of the Fleadh from 12th – 19th August 2018.

Orla Brannigan said “The Secondary Schools Project 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 sculptures will be ready in the coming weeks, then the work on decoration can begin. Those interested in taking part are asked to contact [email protected].

 

Photo credit: Molly Crilly

 

 

 

Fleadh Licence Application Submitted To Louth County Council

The Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Executive Committee has submitted an application to Louth County Council seeking official approval for the staging of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Drogheda during the summer. A licence application is being sought by the committee from Louth County Council for the event, which is expected to attract close to 400,000 people during the week-long festivities commencing on Sunday 12th August.

The public’s views on the application are invited and the application can be inspected at the Civic Offices Fair Street Drogheda, Town Hall, Dundalk and also at County Hall, Dundalk during office hours for a period of three weeks from the date of receipt of the application. Submissions or observations may be made in writing to Louth County Council, Planning Department, within the same period.i.e. until 3rd April.

The application remains the final hurdle to overcome in order to give the official stamp of approval from Louth County Council for the Fleadh to take place in August.

County Louth already has a long- established and extensive arts, heritage and cultural programme and the Fleadh will further cement this, whilst enhancing the already flourishing ‘Creative Ireland Programme’.

Drogheda is also expected to reap huge economic benefits from the week-long event, it is estimated that €40m will flow into County Louth as a result of the festival. The long term benefits will include increased awareness of Drogheda and County Louth as a tourist destination and forging strong community ties.