600,000 coming for the Fleadh
Up to €50m to be generated from the biggest celebration in history
The 2019 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann - taking place in Drogheda from August 11-18th - is set to surpass last year's record-breaking numbers.
It brought a record 500,000 people to the streets of Drogheda last year for a celebration of Irish music, song and dance, and with the official launch last Thursday, details have been released of an even bigger Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019.
The Highlanes Gallery was packed to its splendid rafters as organisers, sponsors and supporters announced plans to extend an even warmer welcome to visitors to the banks of the Boyne from August 11th to 18th.
This year’s Fleadh, which is sponsored by the Credit Union, will boast some of the country’s most talented musicians, singers and dancers including Nathan Carter, Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, Damien Dempsey, Horslips and Stocktons Wing, and organisers have worked tirelessly to ensure that this year’s event will eclipse the success of last year.
Nathan Carter paid a fleeting visit to the launch and said he is very much looking forward to his Drogheda gig.
“I’m known for country, but I competed in Fleadhs when I was young and won an All-Ireland when I was 15,” he told the Drogheda Independent.
“It’s going to be a bit different and I’m going to bring some traditional musicians on stage, and I’m very honoured to be included as I heard last year in Drogheda was a tremendous success.”
In the absence of Louth County Council CEO Joan Martin, Mayor of Drogheda Frank Godfrey welcomed everyone to the launch.
“The people of Drogheda look forward to the Fleadh with enthusiasm and I do believe it’s going to be bigger and better and we could make the 1m visitors,” he commented. “But it’s not all about the numbers, it’s about people enjoying themselves, and visitors coming to Drogheda, and we look forward positively to this festival and it will be great.”
He thanked all those involved in the organising of the festival, the sponsors Credit Union, and all the volunteers and musicians who make it all possible.
“We are really looking forward to hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann again this year, as the people of Drogheda and the surrounding areas embraced the 2018 Fleadh with a heart and a half and cannot wait to welcome all the Fleadh visitors to the town in August,” added Cathaoirleach of the Fleadh Executive Committee Lolo Robinson.
“There has been a huge increase in all things Irish since the Fleadh last year and as Drogheda Comhaltas is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. I cannot think of a better way to pay tribute to our founding members than hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2019.”