Thursday 19 September 2019

Record crowds as half a million visit Fleadh

Mark Flood (7), from Longford, on the bodhrán. Photo: Arthur Carron
Mark Flood (7), from Longford, on the bodhrán. Photo: Arthur Carron
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

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.

Arigato band from Japan on the last day of the Fleadh in Drogheda, Co Louth. Photo: Arthur Carron
Arigato band from Japan on the last day of the Fleadh in Drogheda, Co Louth. Photo: Arthur Carron
Brian Cassidy, from Monaghan. Photo: Arthur Carron
Brian Cassidy, from Monaghan. Photo: Arthur Carron

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