Drogheda Retail Park is a proud sponsor of the week-long Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann that started in Drogheda yesterday. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is a celebration of Irish music and culture with an expected 8,000 musicians this year and had 500,000 attendees last year. Started in 1951, the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is truly an Irish tradition and we are very proud to play a part in it.
President Higgins opens Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda. Today saw a huge crowd of visitors gather from far and wide to the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East to see President Michael D. Higgins officially launch the biggest public attended event in Ireland and the largest celebration of Irish tradition and culture, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019.
President Higgins is a regular visitor, as well as Patron, to the festival. In his speech, the President built on his previous speeches, in which he had often highlighted the importance of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in spreading Irish music and culture throughout the world.
Dr. Lábhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann commented; “We are very pleased that Uachtarán na hÉireann President Michael D. Higgins is here with us again for this year’s Fleadh.
“For many years he has been a regular attendee and we have always been inspired by his knowledge and sentiments with regard to the cultural traditions of Ireland. His presence is an acknowledgment of the outstanding achievment of the 1500 volunteers who make the Fleadh such a successful and unique world event which attracts over 500,000 people from across the globe.”
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019 offers Drogheda and the surrounding region a unique opportunity to showcase itself on both a national and international stage. With up to 500,000 people expected to visit the region for the weeklong festival for the second consecutive year, organisers are committed to promoting Drogheda and County Louth as a world-class tourist destination, with the aim of becoming the cultural capital of Ireland’s Ancient East.
The Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin said, “Hosting the Fleadh in 2018 resulted in significant long-term economic benefits for Drogheda and County Louth. This year’s event will shine a spotlight on County Louth and the surrounding region, it will allow us to showcase a town which has transformed over the past decade.
"We are looking forward to celebrating the week long event and would like to thank all of those involved from the Louth County Council, Fleadh Executive Committee and all of the volunteers who have come together to make Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann another memorable experience for Drogheda, showing that the community spirit of the town is alive and well.
County Louth has a long-established and extensive arts, heritage and cultural programme. The Fleadh will further underpin this, whilst also enhancing our flourishing Creative Ireland programme.”
Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Lábhrás Ó Murchú made a short address to the crowd and the ceremony also saw a formal welcome from Mayor Cllr. Paul Bell and music from Oriel Resident Performers.
A presentation was made to President Higgins and Sabina by Lolo Robinson, Chairperson of the Fleadh Executive Committee and Joan Martin, Chief Executive of Louth Country Council.
Article by Meath Chronicle