It was an exciting and successful week of competitions, concerts, céilithe, sessions and more as the 64th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann was celebrated by an estimated 400,000 throughout Ennis over the past nine days, including a special visit from President Michael D. Higgins.
The All-Ireland Fleadh was held in Ennis on two previous occasions, in 1956 and 1977, and both were landmark events in the history of Irish traditional music. Every year, the Fleadh provides a cultural meeting place for those who carry the great traditions of Irish music, song and dance in their hearts.
At the core of the Fleadh are the competitions that see traditional musicians, dancers and singers of all ages and backgrounds competing at All Ireland level, following victories at regional competitions. This year almost 6,000 competitors played, sang or danced for All-Ireland titles in 180 competitions.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be returning to Ennis in 2017, taking place from 13th-21st August.