Grainne Berrill of the Louth Volunteer Centre with Councillor Paddy McQuillan.
This year's Fleadh Cheoil is just around the corner and, following the enormous success of the event last year when over half a million people visited Drogheda, this year’s Fleadh Cheoil is set to be even bigger.
The smooth running of the mammoth event depends to a large extent on volunteers and Councillor Paddy McQuillan is among the hundreds of people who have answered the recent call and last week he signed up to play his part.
“When attending the Volunteer Training in St Oliver’s Community College, I was amazed at how big the Fleadh Cheoil is for the town” McQuillan said. “More Volunteers are needed” he added, it’s not too late to volunteer.
Grainne Berrill of the Louth Volunteer Centre explains:“We need even MORE volunteers to fill the volunteering opportunities on our extended volunteer programme for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019.
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“We truly appreciate the response from people so far this year, many of whom volunteered so enthusiastically in 2018. If you think it's something you'd like to do why not register at www.volunteerlouth.ie and come along to one of our training sessions?
You'll find out everything you need to know and you're not committing until you actually sign up for a shift!
Visit www.volunteerlouth.ie/fleadh where you can learn more about what is a truly enriching experience. Our next training session for Fleadh Volunteers is on Wednesday morning 17th July in St Oliver's Community College at 10.30 a.m. #IAmTheFleadh”
“The Fleadh Cheoil 2019 gives us another chance for us to showcase our great town on not just the national stage but the international stage” said Councillor McQuillan.
“I am putting the call out to the great people of this town. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER. A few hours can make so much difference. There are 100 more volunteers needed.
"If you can spare a few hours during the Fleadh week please, please contact Grainne or sign up online for the training."
The people of Drogheda are also being asked to welcome some of the many thousands of visitors expected to attend the Fleadh into their homes.
The Chairperson of the Fleadh Cheoil 2019 accommodation committee Eddie Phelan said “I expect the people of Drogheda to respond positively in there thousands to this long standing tradition of renting out rooms during the Fleadh. The people of county Louth are no strangers to opening up their homes to visitors and giving them a Céad Mile Fáilte to remember.”
He added that renting out a room would give the visitors a first-hand experience of what a real Irish welcome is and will also allow those participating in the scheme to earn some money.