Could Ardee host events in conjunction with the next Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda in 2018? Yes, according to Independent councillor Jim Tenanty.
It was announced back in March that the world’s biggest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance was coming to Drogheda. This year’s event was held in Ennis last month, with the week long festival attracting visitors from across the country and nationwide. It attracts around 400,000 visitors to the host town every year.
The news that the Fleadh was coming to Drogheda next year was met with delight in the town and county-wide, coming at the end of a five-year campaign to attract organisers to the Boyne. Organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, it will be hosted in conjunction with Louth County Council and Drogheda Comhaltas.
But according to Tenanty, Ardee and other areas in Mid-Louth such as Collon could benefit from the festival spreading it’s wings beyond just Drogheda. He told ThisIsArdee.ie on Thursday that mid-Louth towns could possibly run events in conjunction with the Fleadh.
“I spoke to organisers last night and asked whether they could consider holding events in neighbouring towns,” he told us. “And they said, ‘Yes, no problem – that’s what the festival is all about.’ In Ennis this year, visitors were bused around to various locations. They were nearly shown the whole of Co. Clare.”
The Ardee-based councillor says that members of the Ardee Floral Art Club, who successfully held the national AOIFA Festival in the town in June, have already expressed interest in holding an event in conjunction with the Fleadh celebrations. Tenanty, who says a committee can be set up in the town, added anyone who may be interested on getting involved or hearing more can contact him on 087 371 7883 or e-mail [email protected]
It is estimated the Fleadh Cheoil is worth around €40 million to the local economy every year.