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Cavan musician looks ahead to All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil this weekend

Jul 28, 2022 19:07 By News Northern Sound
Cavan musician looks ahead to All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil this weekend Cavan musician looks ahead to All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil this weekend
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It attracts in the region of 500,000 visitors to the host town every year.

This weekend will mark the return of the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, which will take place in Co Westmeath.

Traditional musicians of all ages are invited to gather in Mullingar for what has been described as the "The Homecoming."

Cavan musician,  Phillip Clarke has been involved with his local Comhaltas Branch in Kilnaleck for over 35 years and as a result has never missed an All-Ireland Fleadh.

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He says this year's event will be "very significant" as the first ever All-Ireland Fleadh was held in Mullingar back in 1951, with the Monaghan town of Clones taking over the reins in 1952, followed by Cavan Town in 1954.

With a large number of musicians expected to gather and showcase their talents, Phillip told Northern Sound that the Covid pandemic has played a part in entries being down by 50 per cent in some cases.

Despite this, the Cavan man described the event as the world's largest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance.

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He added that like many, he is "delighted" to see the Fleadh return to Mullingar after it was first announced as host back in March 2019, prior to the pandemic:

 

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