Record crowds as half a million visit Fleadh
More than half a million people flocked to Drogheda for the 68th annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which drew to a close yesterday.
The week-long celebration of Irish music attracted record crowds to the Co Louth town, among them Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who visited the Fleadh on Saturday.
Dr Labhrás Ó Murchú, ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann, said: "In the region of 500,000 people have attended the Fleadh over eight days, possibly the largest attendance in the history of the Fleadh Cheoil. A feature of this year's Fleadh is the widespread representation from countries worldwide, countries such as Japan, North America, Britain and Australia. In fact, over 25pc of those attending are from out of State."
Among the highlights were performances from Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Stockton's Wing, who reformed for a one-off show.