Chairperson of the Fleadh Executive Committee, Lolo Robinson and the Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin with President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at the Fleadh Cheoil 2019 opening ceremony. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The 2018 Fleadh in Drogheda broke all attendance records with half a million visitors but the attendance was almost 50 per cent higher this year with the official figure of “over 700,000” being announced this morning by Comhaltas boss, Dr. Labhrás Ó Murchú.
“The Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda has been a unique example of a practical partnership between Comhaltas and the Local Authority” Dr. Ó Murchú said.
“It has delivered a model structure embracing over 700,000 participants and generating in the region of €40 million for the local economy.
“There are many worthwhile lessons to be learnt from this in the present Brexit Climate.”
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With thousands of people involved in the process of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019, including 1,500 volunteers, not just from Ireland but across the globe, Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin, said:
“It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of what has been a seven year journey to bring Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann to Drogheda.
“We’ve had a fantastic week with music, song and dance, as well as lots of ‘cúpla focail’. I want to thank everyone who made this wonderful festival possible - committees, sponsors – especially Failte Ireland, Council staff, local business and the community, and the many, many people who gave their time as volunteers.
Thanks especially to Comhaltas for placing your faith in us. Míle míle buíochas le gach duine.”
Also commenting on the success of the event, Chairperson of the Fleadh Executive Committee, Lolo Robinson said:
“What a wonderful week we have had at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann here in Drogheda. It has been such a pleasure to host the Fleadh for the last two years. Memories have been made that will last a lifetime and the legacy of the Fleadh is the increased interest in traditional Irish music, song and dance that will last for generations to come.”
Next year will see Mullingar, Westmeath host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020 and Lolo wished the organisers of the 2020 Fleadh every success saying that she looked forward to joining them for the 70th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
They have a tough act to follow.