The Fleadh Nua, now in its 14th year in Ennis, gets bigger and better and is taking place over four days.
Concerts, stage shows, set dancing classes and a wide variety of street entertainment, make up the festival. The fleadh is financed largely by contributions made by local traders to Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
Seamus Ruane, one of the treasurers of the Fleadh Nua, spoke to RTÉ News about the expense of the festival and the challenge of raising the necessary funds.
The theme for the 1987 Fleadh Nua was our cultural environment, focusing on the preservation of Irish music, dancing, games, and literature. There was also an emphasis on street entertainment with the busking competition attracting a great deal of interest.
"The Fiddling Friar of the Fleadh Nua" was also in attendance to entertain the dancers on the streets of Ennis.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 May 1987. The reporter is Michael Walsh.