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400,000 people set to enjoy all the fun of the Fleadh in Sligo

Published 08/08/2015 | 02:30

Signs go up around Sligo in preparation for the 2015 All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil
Signs go up around Sligo in preparation for the 2015 All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil

Up to 400,000 people, including 6,000 musicians from 25 countries around the world, will arrive in Sligo this weekend for the annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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President Michael D Higgins will get the country's biggest music festival underway tomorrow with a speech about our national heritage and its global appeal, as well as returning emigrants.

More than 1,500 volunteers have been recruited to help look after the massive influx of visitors who will pump €50m into the local economy.

Sligo's town centre will be pedestrianised throughout the next eight days with traffic restrictions in place.

The event - running since 1951 - starts on Sunday afternoon with a carnival parade to the Wild Atlantic Way gig rig in the town centre.

Hundreds of music sessions and competitions will take place next week.

Irish Independent

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