Go Raibh Maith Agat

On behalf of the Fleadh Executive Committee it is with pleasure that we extend a “Go Raibh Maith agat” to all who made Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann the huge success that it was.

The success of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 is the result of much collaboration across all the communities of Drogheda and further afield. We thank the many Volunteers for their hard work and dedication. The Businesses & Traders, The Port Company, Community Groups, Church Organisations, Schools Board of Management, local property owners and service providers, we acknowledge the work of the statutory emergency services including Fire Service, Gardaí, HSE, Coastguard, Civil Defence and the Voluntary Aid Societies. We acknowledge the staff of Louth County Council for their diligent work in maintaining and presenting the town in a manner that did Drogheda proud. The cooperation received by residents and motorists all contributed to making Drogheda a welcoming and pleasant place to visit. We acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors and friends of the Fleadh. We acknowledge and thank the media local, national and international for their coverage. We acknowledge the staff of our associates – Safe Events Ltd and Insight Consultants Ltd. We thank Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for choosing Drogheda as the venue. Finally we thank the members of the Fleadh Executive Committee & local Comhaltas members who we hope will all join with us to do it all again in 2019.

Lolo Robinson                          Joan Martin

Cathaoirleach                         Executive Director

Record crowds in Drogheda for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018

The 68th annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann drew to a close over the weekend and it’s estimated that over 500,000 people visited Drogheda over the past week. The annual celebration of Irish music, dancing, storytelling and language has attracted record crowds to the town, on the banks of the Boyne.

The festivities were opened by President Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina, and since then the town has been welcoming people from not just all over Ireland, but from every corner of the world, to celebrate Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also paid a visit to the historic festival over the closing weekend

This years Fleadh featured some of the finest musicians in the country, including Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Damien Dempsey, Beoga, Micheal O’Suilleabhain, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, as well as the band Stockton’s Wing, who reformed for a one off performance for the first time in decades. There was also a unique performance by the Hot House Flowers, who were joined on stage by two asylum seekers, one from Syria and one from Albania, and there was also a performance from the Toyotara Ceili Band from Tokyo, which served to underline and wide ranging International appeal of the Fleadh around the world.

Logistically it is estimated that there were over 1,500 volunteers working in the town, along with extra people from the Civil Defence, the Gardai as well as members of the Ambulance and Fire Brigades, and an extra force of paramedics all drafted in to help the town cope with the record numbers, even the workers in Louth County Council have been volunteering to help out.

Lolo Robinson, Chairperson of the Fleadh Executive Committee said, “It has been a great privilege to host this fantastic event and showcase Drogheda’s beauty and history to a global audience. I would like to thank everyone from the many voluntary groups to the visitors to Drogheda, and I sincerely hope that everybody had a wonderful, safe and happy time in our town and county.”

Dr Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir, Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann said, “In the region of 500,000 people have attended the Fleadh over eight days, possibly the largest attendance in the history of the Fleadh Cheoil. A feature of this year’s Fleadh is the widespread representation from countries worldwide, countries such as Japan, North America, Britain and Australia. In fact, over 25% of those attending are from out of State, helping to generate an estimated €40 million for the local economy. The Fleadh is a model of partnership between Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Eireann and Louth County Council.”

This is the first time in the Fleadh’s history that the All-Ireland Fleadh has been held in Drogheda, 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 last week as the people of Drogheda opened its town to a record number of visitors, giving them a céad míle fáilte to remember.

FLEADH CHEOIL NA hÉIREANN 2018 HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is making its way to Ireland’s Ancient East for first time in many years to celebrate Irish tradition through music, song, dance and Irish language. The Fleadh is the pivotal event in every Traditional Irish Musician’s annual calendar and this August marks the first time in many years that it will be held on the east coast. Drogheda is perfectly positioned to capitalise on the population numbers in both Dublin and Belfast.

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 weeklong 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.

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

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.”

Colm Breheny, Ireland’s Ancient East Manager, Fáilte Ireland commented: “Fáilte 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.”

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.

 

Event Line-Up

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 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.

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.

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 Sibeal O Casaide. Completing the line-up are Kieran Hanrahan, this year’s recipient of the third The Flanagan Brothers, 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.

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.”

 

Scoil Eigse

The 46th Annual Scoil Éigse organised by Comhaltas takes place in Drogheda, August 12th to 17th, the week preceding Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. At Scoil Éigse – CCÉ’s annual international Summer School students of all ages register for the various instrumental music, singing, dancing and Irish language classes.

 

There will also be classes for adults where they can learn Amhránaíocht, Banjo, Bodhrán, Button Accordion, Concertina, Fiddle, Flute, Harp, Piano Accompaniment, Piano Accordion, Uilleann Pipes, Rince ar an Sean-nós, Traditional Singing, and the Whistle.

 

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Make sure to learn cúpla focail at this year’s Fleadh Cheoil with the extensive line up of classes, music and chit chat lined up for the week of the Fleadh!

The Irish language has a central role in the activities of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda. 2018 has been designated as Bliain na Gaeilge and we are proud to present a very full programme of events.

Seachtain na Gaeilge features a wide range of activities for all age groups and all abilities: Some of the activites to look forward to include Irish language classes, dancing classes, historical walking tours, lectures, song-writing workshop, fun for all the family, quiz, treasure hunt, and also a Pop up Gaeltacht and music and song in Irish on the gig rig.

The Coiste Gaeilge na Fleidhe is very grateful to Foras na Gaeilge for their generous sponsorship of the programme of events for Seachtain na Gaeilge and all are welcome to attend the official launch of the programme of events for Seachtain na Gaeilge on Tuesday at 5pm in the Highlanes Gallery.

 

Seachtain na hÉigse

Seachtain na hÉigse is a series of lectures given by reputable hosts about different aspects of the history of the culture of Ireland. One of the lectures is hosted by Dr. Adele Commins and will surround an evaluation of the legacy of notable musicians who have made a significant contribution to the development of Irish traditional music, very often through their teaching or mentoring of young musicians.

 

The speakers will present personal insights, share recordings and perform examples that will illustrate the contribution of selected individuals to the transmission of the tradition. There will be a particular focus on acknowledging and recognising the contribution made by musicians associated with Co.Louth, but figures from throughout the Irish traditional music world will be celebrated.

 

Youth Events at the Fleadh

Fleadh Choil na hÉireann Drogheda aims to ensure there is something for the whole family to enjoy throughout the week. There will be a number of Children’s Mid-Morning events hosted in the Barbican Theatre between 11am and 12pm to cater for the children attending the Fleadh. These fun, interactive sessions will be hosted by some wonderful musicians from both Ireland and Scotland and will teach the children a wealth of knowledge about the irish culture through music, song, dance and language.

On August 17th, there is an over 18’s Trad Disco taking place with renowned Trisco DJ Paddy ‘Trad with Pad’ Callaghan at the Electric Ballroom, Drogheda. Paddy blends his love of Irish and Scottish Traditional Music, with dance beats and tunes from around the world to create a unique and thrilling experience.

Paddy spends his time gathering music from every corner of the trad world for his weekly radio show ‘Trad with Pad’ where he often plays some of his more experimental mixes. As an accomplished musician, Paddy has toured the world with his own Trio and with bands such as Barrule and Dallahan. As for a Trisco, If you like trad music and going for a boogy then this really is the perfect mix.

 

How to get to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018

Drogheda is located 30 miles north of Dublin and 70 miles south of Belfast. Getting here is easy, as Drogheda is only 20 minutes from Dublin Airport, and just 1.5 hours from Belfast. A first class modern transport network linking Dublin with Belfast passes directly through Drogheda. Getting here by car, bus or train is easy. The towns strategic location just off the M1 and its first class public transport links makes it the perfect location for visitors to travel to with ease.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is urging visitors to use public transport as the town of Drogheda has been pedestrianised to host the influx of visitors throughout the week. If you need to bring your car, there have been a number of park and ride facilities set up to bring you to and from the town. More information on this can be found at http://fleadhcheoil.ie/plan-your-visit/park-ride.

The train is the perfect way to travel to Drogheda as the Fleadh will take place a short walk from Drogheda station between Dublin and Drogheda, you can sit back, relax and let Irish Rail do the driving. We have teamed up with Irish Rail for this occasion, who will be operating additional evening services throughout the week of the Fleadh. Additional services will be at 23:00 and 01:00 each day. These additional services will serve the following stops:

  • Drogheda (MacBride)
  • Laytown
  • Gormanston
  • Balbriggan
  • Skerries
  • Rush and Lusk
  • Donabate
  • Malahide
  • Portmarnock
  • Howth Junction and Donaghmede
  • Dublin (Connolly)

Drogheda also has substantial bus services with over 100 coaches to and from Dublin being run each day throughout the Fleadh. Bus Eireann operates frequent Expressway and regulat services to Drogheda from Dublin, Belfast, Dundalk, Galway and Navan. There is an express hourly bus service available from Dublin Airport, which connects the airport with Balbriggan, Julianstown and Drogheda.

If you are visiting the Fleadh from overseas, there are a number of international airlines who operate regular flights to Dublin and Belfast. Drogheda is a 20 minute drive from Dublin Airport and and hour and a half from Belfast International Airport.

Dublin Ferryport is also located a mere 30 minutes drive from Drogheda, whilst Dun Laoghaire Ferryport is a one hour drive via the East Link Toll Bridge. The Port of Latne is less than a 2 hour drive, whilst Rosslare is a 2.5 hour drive to Drogheda.

 

Disability Access at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

There has been measures put in place to ensure that Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann caters for everyone in the community. There will be accessible facilities ranging from toilets and changing facilities, transport and parking, safe/quiet spaces, viewing, charging stations for medial equipment available for those who may need assistance and there will also be ambassadors on the ground to attend to any needs.

Accessibility Car Parks will be available both on Wellington Quay and King Street throughout the Fleadh. To find out more information about these facilities visit http://fleadhcheoil.ie/plan-your-visit/accessibility/

 

Volunteer Programme and Sponsors

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 (Fleadh Glas) volunteers and administration support.

The programme, which is coordinated by the Louth Volunteer Centre and backed by Coca-Cola International Services, invites applications from anyone interested in getting involved in the world’s largest celebration of Irish traditional music and culture.

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!”

 

Volunteers will play a pivotal role in not only the success of the Fleadh but in showing off Drogheda and the whole North East region in its best light. By joining the Fleadh Volunteer Programme, participants can look forward to becoming part of a family of volunteers, have fun and meet new people, whilst also showcasing the very best that this year’s festival has to offer.

 

Applications are now open to people aged 15 years and older – there is no upper limit! Volunteer shifts vary in length from 4 – 8 hours and all volunteers must attend mandatory training, which is scheduled for July and August, in advance of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. To register your interest in becoming a volunteer, visit http://fleadhcheoil.ie/volunteers.

 

 

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.”

 

The Fleadh Executive Committee, in conjunction with Louth County Council, made a point of working with the local business community to maximise the significant opportunities hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann offers, from both an economic and tourism perspective.

 

The Credit Unions sponsorship of the Fleadh in 2018 ties in with its not-for-profit ethos and puts it at the very centre of the community supporting organisations, charities and events such as the Fleadh.

 

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.”

 

Hundreds of volunteers signed up in order to help stage this year’s Fleadh and ensure that Drogheda offers a memorable and enjoyable experience. Louth County Council commended the people of Drogheda and the surrounding region for coming together as a community in order to build a world-class event, which showcases the region as a must-visit destination.

 

Fleadh Glas

Fleadh Glas is an initiative that has been introduced to promote the protection of the environment throughout Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Fleadh Glas urges attendees to take part in preventing and segregating waste, as well as consuming less water and energy. It encourages all visitors to limit their impact on the environment and protect the future of Ireland.

Music At The Gate

We are only days away from the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil 2018.  As excitement mounts and the streets of Drogheda get a makeover, Music at the Gate brings the biggest free family event to the streets of Drogheda.

 

This month’s line-up is spectacular.  For both the morning and evening events, you will be entertained by exceptional musicians, singers and dancers.

 

Morning session from 10:30 am to 2 pm:

Features Declan Garry, Scale Force, Bobby McCarthy, Grow Music, Ni Chearra O Baolain school of Irish dance and the Aisling Nally dance company.

All musicians of all ages and at all levels are welcome and encouraged to join in for this open session.

 

Evening performance from 7 to 8:30 pm:

Concert featuring some of the best musicians and singers from Drogheda and around the country.

  •  Tune Raiders: a local popular group from Drogheda. Specializing in country and Irish music.
  • Katie Theasby: an all-round fantastic singer and flute player from Clare
  • Niamh Parsons: one of the nicest singers Ireland has today.

 

All events are free and suitable for families.

 

FLEADH GOES GREEN FOR DROGHEDA 2018

The Green Fleadh Committee, in conjunction with the Fleadh Executive Committee, are making great strides to “green” the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Drogheda. The committee is comprised of Louth County Council staff, members of the Drogheda Tidy Towns committee and representatives of the local business community.

Many of the local hospitality businesses which are located within the Fleadh Zone are taking part in the Green Fleadh Business Programme. The businesses took part in audits which will identify measures to reduce food waste, energy and water use, and increase recycling. The businesses which sign up will be recognised through an identifiable window sticker scheme, which includes the Green Fleadh logo.

Visitor to the Fleadh are encouraged to go green during the festival and public transport information is being heavily advertised to influence visitors before they begin their journey. They are being asked to walk when they get to Drogheda where possible as our town centre is very small and easily walkable! Shuttle buses will be provided to all Fleadh venues, campsite and to the town centre. Bike hire will also be readily available.

Green Fleadh branded plastic glasses will be available which can be reused. This was a popular initiative at previous Fleadh’s as they help to reduce the number of non recycleable plastic glasses going to landfill. Householders will also be targeted with Green Fleadh leaflets being made available to visitors to encourage them to go green during their stay.

Recycling is the main theme of Drogheda’s Green Fleadh. Free Recycling Ambassador Programme workshops will take place during the Fleadh in Drogheda Library at Stockwell Lane. The aim of this programme is to support people directly to reduce levels of contamination in our household recycling bins and increase Ireland’s recycling rates.

The Green Fleadh Committee are excited about its Recycled Art Project. Two local artists Declan Kelly and Els Borghart are collaborating to make a mosaic out of recycled materials which will be sourced locally from V&W Recycling, Indaver and the Sound Shop. The mosaic will be developed around the theme of music as a celebration of the Fleadh Cheoil coming to the historic town of Drogheda. The working title of the project is “The Sounds of Drogheda”. The project will be based at Millmount and the public are invited to witness the work in progress.

The Green Fleadh Team will be based in the Fleadh Office in West Street during the week of the Fleadh. There will be a Waste Bin Challenge taking place outside the offices which will challenge visitors to segregate their waste, with small prizes on offer. The team are looking forward to meeting many locals and visitors alike and are confident that Drogheda will go green for Fleadh 2018!

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.