We are eagerly anticipating having the world’s biggest traditional Irish music festival right on our doorstep in August this year! The week-long, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (or ‘All Ireland Music Festival’) will be hosted at the port town of Drogheda, Co. Louth , from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th August 2018.
While a full program of events has yet to be announced by event organisers, we know that planning for the Festival is already full steam ahead. The Festival promises to be another fun-filled family event, where attendees can experience some of the finest Irish music, language, song and dance the country has to offer.
Each year, the festival draws thousands of local and international visitors and features numerous workshops, music concerts, competitions and social street gatherings around town.
Rediscover Ancient Ireland through traditional Irish music, dance and song
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This much anticipated festival serves as the grand finale for a series of music competitions (or Fleadh Cheoil) hosted in Ireland throughout the year, and gathers Ireland’s top traditional musicians, singers and dancers to showcase their talent and promote Ireland’s various traditional art forms.
Did you know?
- Traditional Irish instruments include the celtic harp, bag pipes, fiddle, flute, penny (or tin) whistle, Irish drum (or bodhrán), and concertina.
- Irish dancing has its roots in Celtic traditions and the religious practices of the druids.
- The first Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann was held some 67 years ago, and was organised by the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) - the ‘Association of Irish Musicians - who are still involved with running this event to this day!
Visit Co. Meath to experience Ireland’s ancient history
Co. Meath borders Co. Louth and is home to some of Ireland’s most ancient heritage sites, including the prehistoric Newgrange monument, at the archeological landscape of Brú na Bóinne, located some 8km west of Drogheda.
Other historical sites dotted across Co. Meath include:
- The Battle of the Boyne Field;
- The Neolithic passage tomb of Dowth;
- The Hill of Tara (the seat of the ancient high Kings of Ireland);
- The 12th century Trim Castle (made famous by the Hollywood movie, Braveheart);
- The 18th century Slane Castle.
If you do find yourself at Slane Castle, do stop for a sample of some fine Irish Whiskey at the Slane Castle Whiskey Distillery. You can book a tour of the Distillery for yourself and the family (entrance is free for children under five years), as well as a walk through the historic castle grounds.
Book your stay at the Newgrange Hotel
Planning on attending Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann this year? Then best you start making travel and accommodation plans soon! The 3-star Newgrange Hotel is a short, 30-minute drive from Drogheda, with Slane Castle, Brú na Bóinne and Newgrange conveniently located on the way. Use our hotel as a base for your travels and a place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of a busy Festival itinerary.
Contact us today to make a reservation!