Soothing healing music of the Fleadh
President Michael D Higgins will formally open Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Drogheda this afternoon, with more than 140,000 people expected to attend the week-long event.
A unique initiative, involving professional musicians and the Arts Office in Co Louth, will result in the music of the Fleadh being brought to hospitals and nursing homes.
Louth County Arts Officer Brian Harten said the Trad@Heart project will incorporate 14 events over six days in healthcare settings.
"We've been involved with the ongoing music-in-hospital initiative at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for some years now.
"It seemed a logical step to expand this to more healthcare settings across the county to ensure many patients will get to enjoy the Fleadh, even if they can't get to the streets of Drogheda."
The Trad@Heart musicians include piper Brendan McCreanor, duo Zoe Conway and John McIntyre, cellist Grainne Hope, guitarist Liam Merriman, and banjo player Eoin O Meachair, "as well as some special surprise guests".
They will visit nursing homes and hospitals in both Drogheda and Dundalk.