Mullingar has won the honour of hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann from 2nd to 9th of August 2020.
This 2020 Fleadh has become known as 'The Homecoming' because for the first time in nearly 70 years, this internationally renowned festival is making its way home to where it all began. In January 1951, representatives of the Thomas Street (Dublin) Pipers’ Club went to Mullingar for a meeting with traditional music enthusiasts from County Westmeath. Two ideas were discussed at this meeting; the first was the founding of an organisation to promote Irish traditional music while the second was the organising of a great annual festival of Irish traditional music, song and dance.
At a further meeting held in February it was decided that, in conjunction with Feis Lár na hÉireann (a Gaelic League Feis which had been held in Mullingar for many years), a Fleadh Cheoil would be organised in the town in May over the Whit weekend. And so it all began.......
Considering the history and what Irish music means to our town, we want to hold a Fleadh like no other and really do justice to its roots and to our ancestors who had the vision of Comhaltas and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
To do this we need to raise €1.5 million. This will be achieved through sponsorship and fundraising over the coming months. However, this is a large amount of money and we are all volunteers so much help is needed!
Our aim is to spread the word of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020 far and wide and appeal to our family and friends and wider Irish diaspora across the world who may want to help us put Mullingar firmly on the map and show the world want we can do!
The money raised will go towards;
Event Management, Insurance, Security etc.
Marketing, Advertising and PR support
Catering, Accommodation and Venue costs etc.
History will be made in August 2020 in our town - so please help us to
WELCOME THE WORLD TO WESTMEATH!
All donations welcome. Thank you