Fleadh Cheoil

I just started a new job, so things have once again become hectic. Nevertheless, I’ve been wanting to share some photos from the fabulous Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda last month.

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The crowds on West Street during the Fleadh. Photo by Frank Kelly

The Fleadh (pronounced “Flah”) is a hugely popular and colourful annual festival of traditional music and dance in Ireland, and we were lucky enough to have it set in our hometown this year (and next! so get planning!). It ran for a week and included performances from some of the biggest names in traditional Irish, folk, rock and bluegrass music from around the world. Every street corner, every pub, every restaurant, every bench, every square, it seemed had something going on all day and late into the night. Young and old, Irish and foreign, everyone was singing, dancing, clapping, tossing coins, eating ice cream, toasting a pint or two, and just having a generally great time. I’ve never seen anything like it and Drogheda did us all proud.

We didn’t get to any of the evening events (which were, by all reports, brilliant), but we had a cracking good time wandering the streets listening to musicians of all ages during the day. Many of the evening acts were also conveniently aired live on TG4 (and streamed online). Next year, though, Frank and I are determined to see more live performances! We’re booking the babysitters now!

With that, better late than never! Enjoy.

A group of children busking down on the quay outside The Salthouse.
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Very popular with the kids, this old gentleman on West Street had several sets of dancing dolls he would tap on top of a paddle in time to the traditional music coming out of his CD player.
These guys were singing acoustic versions of more modern pop songs, but that was just another part of what made the Fleadh so much fun – there was something for everyone.

As you can see, I was much too caught up in the fun to take many pics, but there are hundreds of fabulous shots captured from the week and posted around online. Some of my very favourites are on Instagram @atthefleadh2018.

You can also check out MY Instagram @maryann.k.kelly for a couple of short videos I took, in addition to all my most recent snaps from living back in Ireland.

Why not come Fleadh with us next year?

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