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Thursday, 12th April 2018

Pensioners and students in unique Fleadh initiative

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Niall Davis (left) and Pat Connor making model instruments in the Men’s Shed workshop which will be painted by local students for decorative use around Drogheda during the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August.

The various Fleadh Committees are beavering away on various projects to get Drogheda “Fleadh ready” in plenty of time for August. One of these projects, being overseen by the Fleadh’s Youth Committee, is bringing young and old together in a joint celebration of Irish Culture.

To find out more Drogheda Life visited the Men’s Shed premises at the Donore Road Industrial Estate. This is an amazing space where men of retirement age get together to socialise and also to use the skills developed over their working lives to work on various projects in their excellently equipped workshops.

The men from the shed produced amazing large-scale musical instruments for the St. Patrick’s Day parade but, for their latest project they are producing small wooden models of traditional Irish musical instruments.

These model instruments will be distributed to schools in the Drogheda area where students are being encouraged to let their creative juices flow by painting and decorating the sculptures, which will be displayed throughout the town during the week of the Fleadh from 12th – 19thAugust 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 this major creative initiative which will see their work take centre stage as part of the celebrations of Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann 2018.  

Calling on schools to get involved, Youth Committee Chairperson 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. Anyone interested in taking part is asked to contact orla.brannigan@ucdconnect.ie.

Thinking Big – Gerry Kierans (left) and Glen Clarke with the giant musical instruments they made in The Men’s Shed workshop for the St. Patrick’s Parade.

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