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Sunday, 13th May 2018

Volunteers sought for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018

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Louth Rose Annmarie Duffy pictured with Fleadh Volunteers Rita Hodgins and Blaithnaid Ní Oistin with Louth Volunteer Centre Manager Gráinne Berrill (left).

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 has announced the launch of this year’s Fleadh Volunteer programme, which will run throughout the 8 day festival from 12th – 19th August 2018.

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.

Over 1,000 volunteers will be required to help stage this year’s Fleadh and ensure that Drogheda offers a memorable and enjoyable experience for the 400,000 visitors expected to descend on the area this August.

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.

Commenting on the Volunteer Programme, Gráinne Berrill, Manager of the Louth Volunteer Centre said; “We are very excited to announce the launch of the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Volunteer Programme 2018. Volunteering has a profoundly positive impact on people and their local communities. It is timely that we should announce the Fleadh Volunteer Programme during National Volunteering Week, with the theme of Building Better Communities.

“It is our aim that through the Fleadh Volunteer Programme, and with the backing of Coca-Cola International Services who are passionate about making a positive difference in our local communities, that the people of County Louth and the surrounding region come together as a community to build a world- class event which showcases the region as a must-visit destination. 

“We are encouraging absolutely everyone in the Drogheda area to take part in the volunteer programme and are grateful for any time that they can contribute. Becoming a Fleadh Volunteer offers participants an opportunity to build new friendships, develop new skills and play an integral role in the success of the biggest festival of Irish culture in the world.”

Last year applications were received from as far as away as Russia and already this year applications have come in from volunteers in Italy and the UK. This year’s programme offers a wide range of roles to suit all ages abilities and interests.

Jennifer Brennan, Coca-Cola International Services commented on their involvement in the Fleadh Volunteer Programme; “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!”

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/ or contact the Louth Volunteer Centre team at 041 9809008.

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