Fleadh Cheoil comes to Louth

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is making its way to Ireland’s Ancient East for the first time in many years to celebrate Irish tradition through music, song, dance and Irish language.
The Fleadh is the pivotal event in every Traditional Irish Musician’s annual calendar and this August marks the first time in many years that it will be held on the east coast and Drogheda is perfectly positioned to capitalise on the population numbers in both Dublin and Belfast.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 offers Drogheda and the surrounding region a unique opportunity to showcase itself on both a national and international stage.
With over 400,000 people expected to visit the region for the weeklong festival, 30% of which are expected to travel from overseas, organisers are committed to promoting Drogheda and County Louth as a world-class tourist destination.
Drogheda is expected to reap significant economic benefits from the week-long event, with an estimated €40m expected to flow into County Louth as a result of the Fleadh. The long term benefits will include increased awareness of Drogheda and County Louth as a tourist destination and the forging of strong community ties.
Commenting on Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Dr Labhrás Ó’ Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann said: “Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is now the largest and most unique cultural festival in the world.
“Its significance is cultural, economic and social and it is a tribute to all those who kept our cultural traditions alive down through the decades. Drogheda is an ideal venue for this celebration of whom we are as a people.”
Colm Breheny, Ireland’s Ancient East Manager, Failte Ireland commented:
“Failte Ireland is delighted to support Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 in Drogheda this August. Hosting such a prestigious event affords County Louth an unrivaled opportunity to showcase the many things it has to offer to both residents and visitors alike from heritage, culture and Irish tradition.
“2018 also marks the first time that the Fleadh will take place on the north east coast of Ireland, allowing us to shine a spotlight on what makes Ireland’s Ancient East truly special.”
Whether attending for one day or the entire week, Drogheda and County Louth as a whole offer a wealth of attractions and the warmest of welcomes to visitors this August.

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