Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann cancelled due to Covid-19

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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has been cancelled due to Covid-19

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In response to the coronavirus crisis, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020 which was scheduled for August will not now proceed.

The 2019 Fleadh, which took place in Drogheda attracted 750,000 people, with up to 25% out-of-state, and providing €50 million for the region.

Hundreds of musicians and performers were expected to travel from Limerick to Mullingar for this year's Fleadh which had been scheduled to take place between August 2 and August 9.

Making the announcement, the Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Dr Labhrás Ó Murchú said: ‘It behoves us all to do the maximum necessary, as flagged by the Government, to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our people in this emergency. Cultural and artistic activities in the future could prove to be a positive antidote in helping people who have suffered so much during the crisis."

Joe Connaire, Cathaoirleach of the Fleadh Executive Committee in Mullingar, said it was supportive of the decision.

"We welcome this decision by Comhaltas. The people of Mullingar will take all necessary steps in support of Government efforts to bring this present coronavirus crisis to an end. We look forward to hosting this major cultural event in 2021 which
will be a huge boost to the local economy in these difficult times."

He continued to state that Mullingar  "look's forward to hosting this major cultural event in 2021".

Comhaltas is examining the possibility, depending on Covid-19 crisis, of holding elements of the Fleadh at a later date this year, at a venue to be decided.

This would be with a view to making a contribution to morale and economic regeneration.