Fleadh back in 'creative' Ennis after 39 years
The biggest annual event in the Irish traditional music calendar has made a return to Ennis after a gap of 39 years.
Thousands of people converged on Ennis yesterday for the opening day of the annual Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann which promises a dividend of €38m for the local economy. At least 400,000 are expected in Ennis over the next week.
Addressing thousands in Abbey Street yesterday, President Michael D Higgins said Ennis was a place of "great creative possibility. Clare has an unbroken chain of creative performers from the earliest of times," he said.
"It is appropriate, then, that we are gathered here in Ennis for the All-Ireland Fleadh."
Throughout the week, 28 concerts are to take place and feature traditional Irish music luminaries, such as Martin Hayes, Maura O'Connell, Stockton's Wing, Frankie Gavin and The Kilfenora Céilí Band.