Young musicians and an even younger dancer entertain President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina in West Street on the opening day of last year's Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Photo: Andy Spearman.
With only weeks to go before Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann 2019 gets underway in Drogheda, the final preparations are being put in place to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the historic town.
Louth County Council has again made a significant investment in the Fleadh to ensure Drogheda and its enviorns are Fleadh ready.
The Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin, pointed out that substantial investment in the town is clearly evident and significant improvements can be seen on almost every street.
“Drogheda will capitalise on the long term benefits of the Fleadh as the international spotlight is again set to shine on the town. This will be good for the town, for business and the community” she said.
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Half a million people attended the week-long event in 2018, and the Fleadh Executive Committee is expecting to exceed that number this year as many thousands are set to travel form as far as USA and Australia.
Volunteers are key to the success of the Fleadh. More than 1,000 will be required in a variety of roles across the week such as competition volunteers, street stewards, Fleadh ambassadors, catering volunteers and administration support. The Louth Volunteer Centre is inviting applications for anyone interested in being be part of the Fleadh experience.
This year’s Fleadh boasts some of the country’s most talented musicians, singers and dancers including Nathan Carter, Martin Hayes, Damien Dempsey, Horslips and Stocktons Wing to name a few.
To accommodate the half a million visitors travelling to Drogheda throughout the week of the Fleadh, Irish Rail have scheduled extra trains between Dublin Connolly and Drogheda in addition to their regular timetable service. More information and timetables can be found at www.irishrail.ie.
Tickets are now available to purchase for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019 and the line-up of events and performances, which will take place every day from Sunday 11th through to Sunday 18th August 2019, is available to view at www.fleadhcheoil.ie
You can also follow the Fleadh on social media: