A visit to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Buncrana seen through the eyes of a young man from Ballyfermot.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, a national festival of traditional Irish music established by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, was first held in Mullingar in 1951. Over the years the Fleadh Cheoil has been held in many different towns throughout Ireland and in August 1975 it was the turn of Buncrana county Donegal.

This was the first time the festival had been hosted in Donegal. RTÉ  producer Tom Walsh was in Buncrana to capture the sights and sounds of the festival for television.

Commenting on the programme in the RTÉ Guide Tom Walsh says,

I deliberately have no commentary. The idea behind the film is to capture the flavour of the event. To make that even more real, we see the Fleadh through the eyes of a young lad from Ballyfermot, Terry Flood.

RTÉ Guide, 19 April 1976

This approach means that the cameras stay mainly on the streets, recording impromptu sessions from folk musicians to be found at every corner of Buncrana. 

The programme follows Terry Flood from Ballyfermot in Dublin as he wanders the streets taking in the music of the festival.

The programme 'Fleadh Cheoil in Donegal' was broadcast on Easter Monday 19 April 1976.  The programme was broadcast again in 1991 to mark 40 years of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

The Fleadh Cheoil was hosted again in Buncrana the following year in 1976.