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Sunday 23 September 2018

Volunteers wanted for Fleadh

Geraldine Gilsenan Chairperson Drogheda Credit Union, Billy Doyle CEO Dundalk Credit Union, Erin Mc Cann, Tori Cuddy, Megan Hughes Dundalk Credit Union and Sheena Kierans Vice Chairperson Drogheda Credit Union at the Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann official launch at the Westcourt Hotel
Geraldine Gilsenan Chairperson Drogheda Credit Union, Billy Doyle CEO Dundalk Credit Union, Erin Mc Cann, Tori Cuddy, Megan Hughes Dundalk Credit Union and Sheena Kierans Vice Chairperson Drogheda Credit Union at the Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann official launch at the Westcourt Hotel

Ireland's biggest music festival is coming to Drogheda this summer an anyone who would like to get involved through volunteering is invited to an information evening taking place on Wednesday 4th of July at 6pm in the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol.

With lots of traditional musicians from Dundalk and north Louth set to play during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018, this is a great opportunity for local people to involved in the world's largest celebration of Irish traditional music and culture.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann's Volunteer programme will run throughout the eight day festival from 12th to 19th August. The programme, which is coordinated by Louth Volunteer Centre and backed by Coca-Cola International Services, invites applications from anyone interested in getting

The coming of 'The Fleadh' to County Louth is an enormous opportunity for the whole county and Louth Volunteer Centre are urging people from all across Louth to take the opportunity to be part of this fantastic festival.

Over 1,000 volunteers will be required to help stage this year's Fleadh and ensure the 400,000 visitors expected to descend on the area this August have a memorable and enjoyable experience of our county.

Commenting on the Volunteer Programme, Gráinne Berrill, Manager of the Louth Volunteer Centre said; 'Volunteering has a profoundly positive impact on people and their local communities. It is our aim that through the Fleadh Volunteer Programme, and with the backing of Coca-Cola International Services who are passionate about making a positive difference in our local communities, that the people of County Louth and the surrounding region come together as a community to build a world class event which showcases the region as a must-visit destination.

'We are encouraging absolutely everyone in Dundalk to take part in the volunteer programme and are grateful for any time that they can contribute. Becoming a Fleadh Volunteer offers participants an opportunity to build new friendships, develop new skills and play an integral role in the success of the biggest festival of Irish culture in the world.'

Volunteers will get a chance to experience the unique atmosphere of the Fleadh and, depending on their role, the possible opportunity listen to the best of Irish traditional music be it in the competitions or concerts.

They will meet with visitors from around Ireland and further afield and help The Wee County extend a 'Cead Mile Failte' to all.

Applications are now open to people aged 15 years and older - there is no upper limit! Volunteer shifts vary in length from 4 - 8 hours and all volunteers must attend mandatory training, which is scheduled for July and August, in advance of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

To register your interest in becoming a volunteer, visit http://fleadhcheoil.ie/volunteers/ , drop into the Louth Volunteer Centre office at County Hall, St. Alphonsus Road, Dundalk or contact the Louth Volunteer Centre team at 041 9809008.

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