Wednesday 25 April 2018

Flatley shows off his flute-playing skills to kick-start Fleadh

Michael Flatley on stage at the opening of Fleadh Cheoil 2017 in Ennis yesterday. Photo: Eamon Ward
Michael Flatley on stage at the opening of Fleadh Cheoil 2017 in Ennis yesterday. Photo: Eamon Ward

Gordon Deegan

Irish dancing maestro Michael Flatley helped kick-start the 2017 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis with some virtuoso flute playing.

On stage on the Fleadh's gig rig yesterday in Ennis's Abbey Street car park, Flatley told the massive crowd that it is festivals like the Fleadh "that bring joy into our lives and into our hearts and that mean so much to many people".

The Fleadh is the largest traditional Irish music festival in the world and is set to deliver a €38m bonanza to the Ennis economy over the next week.

During the eight-day-long music extravaganza, Ennis will become the epicentre of the Irish music world, where 10,000 musicians will perform.

A total of 400 events will take place and 1,500 volunteers have been recruited.

Michael Flatley with his wife Niamh at the opening of Fleadh Cheoil 2017 in Ennis. Photo: Eamon Ward
Michael Flatley with his wife Niamh at the opening of Fleadh Cheoil 2017 in Ennis. Photo: Eamon Ward

Irish Independent

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