Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has extended his warmest congratulations to all of those involved in making Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 in Drogheda such a huge success.
Teachta Adams said:
“I want to commend the amazing efforts of the Drogheda Fleadh Committee, Drogheda Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Louth County Council, An Garda Síochána and the members of the Emergency Services, and the 1000 local volunteers who all worked hard to ensure that Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 in Drogheda was a huge success. I also want to thank all of the sponsors who make events like this possible.
The Fleadh Cheoil is the biggest musical event on this island and is one of the most important in the cultural life of this island.
It was expected that around 400,000 local people and others from across the island and internationally would travel to Drogheda for a week of great music, dance and culture.
The atmosphere was electric with musicians and dancers performing wherever an audience was prepared to stand and listen. The decision to pedestrianise the town worked very well and made it much easier for the huge crowds to move about from the various events.
The Fleadh has also been an enormous boost to the local economy with tens of thousands of visitors coming to Drogheda to enjoy the music and craic.
Drogheda with its rich culture and heritage is perfectly placed to hold the Fleadh and I have no doubt that next year it will be even bigger and better.”