This year’s All-Ireland Fleadh or Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann ended last weekend. Some 450,000 people thronged the streets of Ennis over the past nine days of whom 12,000 turned up just for the official opening by Michael Riverdance Flatley.
It was the fourth time for the Fleadh to be held in Ennis, having previously been held there last year and in 1956 and 1977.
This year over 3,000 competitors played, sang or danced for All-Ireland titles in 180 competitions.
Scoil Éigse, the official summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, ran throughout the week with almost 900 Irish and international students of all ages taking part in various music, singing, dancing and Irish language classes.
And there was success for the UK with Calum Mc Gregor from Glasgow, Scotland, coming first in the 12-15 year piano category and Lauren Dunbar, also from Glasgow, coming first in the Under 12 Fiddle Slow Air, while London’s Ben Connolly came third in the Under 15 whistle Slow Airs.
Neat year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be in Drogheda in from 12–19 August.
For all the results and further details on the Fleadh and competitions, visit www.fleadhcheoil.ie
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