About Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is an annual event run by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann since 1951 and is the biggest celebration of Irish traditional music and culture in the world with musicians travelling from all over the world to compete and play. It is a family festival that celebrates Irish Culture through a varied week-long programme of events.

What sort of events can I expect?

Visitors can expect to enjoy a week long programme full of events including: music sessions, singing sessions, concerts, parades, competitions, workshops, céilithe, town walks, youth events, streets sessions, comhrá agus cupán tae and more.

How will the Fleadh benefit Drogheda and the surrounding region?

Drogheda is expected to reap huge economic benefits from the week-long event, with an estimated €40m expected to be generated for County Louth as a result of the festival. The Fleadh also offers a unique opportunity to showcase Drogheda and County Louth as a must-visit tourist destination to domestic and international audiences, ultimately encouraging return visits to the area following the event.

Why are volunteers needed?

‘The Fleadh’ is a volunteer led and delivered event. With over 500,000 visitors expected in Drogheda we will need 1,000+ volunteers to ensure that the event runs smoothly.

What will be volunteers be doing?

Volunteers could be doing anything from street stewards, assisting at competitions, helping to keep our streets clean to being Fleadh Ambassadors, volunteering at concerts, taking photos. In 2018 there were 34 different volunteer roles so there is something for everyone. The minimum commitment is 4 hours – some shifts will start early in the morning and some will finish late at night.

What age do volunteers have to be?

Volunteers must be over 15. If a volunteer is under 18 a parental consent form is required. Parental consent forms should be given to anyone who fills in a form and is under 18, or anyone who is taking a form for a person under 18. We verify all completed parental consent forms with a phone call.


If you’d like to get involved in Fleadh 2019 as a volunteer click the apply button below and we will get back to you soon.

If you are already registered as a Fleadh Volunteer, whether you helped out in 2018 or not, there is no need to complete the full form. Click Here to submit a very short form with your details so that we will know you would like to help out again.


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