With only weeks to go before Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann 2019 gets underway in Drogheda the final preparations are being put in place to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

This year’s Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann 2019 boasts some of Ireland’s most talented musicians, singers, and dancers, including Nathan Carter, Martin Hayes, Damien Dempsey, Horslips and Stocktons Wing to name a few.

Louth County Council, the local government body who oversees the running of the town of Drogheda, has again made a significant investment in the Fleadh to ensure the town and its environs are “Fleadh ready”.

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The Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin, pointed out that substantial investment in the town is clearly evident and significant improvements can be seen on almost every street.

She further commented,  “Drogheda will capitalize on the long-term benefits of the Fleadh as the international spotlight is again set to shine on the town. This will be good for the town, for business and the community.”

Half a million people attended the weeklong event in 2018, the Fleadh Executive Committee is expecting to exceed that number with thousands set to travel from as far as USA and Australia. 

Volunteers are key to the success of the Fleadh. More than 1,000 will be required in a variety of roles across the week, such as competition volunteers, street stewards, Fleadh ambassadors, catering volunteers, and administration support.  The Louth Volunteer Centre is inviting applications for anyone interested in being be part of the Fleadh experience.

Tickets are now available to purchase for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019 and the line-up of events and performances, which will take place every day from Sunday 11th through to Sunday 18th August 2019, is available to view at www.fleadhcheoil.ie. Follow the Fleadh on Twitter or on Instagram.

Here’s a beautiful video giving the highlights of the Fleadh in Drogheda:

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Launch of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019, at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda. Musicians (LtoR) Jim Lockhart from Horslips, Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Sárán Mulligan, Zoë Conway, Nathan Carter and Barry Devlin from Horslips.RollingNews