It's been announced that the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will return this summer after a two-year hiatus, and will take place in Mullingar from 31st July - 8th August 2022.
The world's largest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance is expected to draw nearly half a million visitors to Mullingar, the town where Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the country's largest traditional cultural organisation, was founded in 1951.
The week will be opened by President Michael D Higgins.
As ever, the centrepiece of the Fleadh Cheoil celebrations is the 150 competitions where participants from across the globe compete through music, song, dance and Comhrá Gaeilge.
The event will feature two 'Gig Rigs' in the town, as well as street performances and cultural events in various venues throughout the town including Scoil Éigse, a school that provides workshops, lectures and sessions during the week.
Programme highlights will include performances from a rake of Irish musical talent, including Martin Hayes and the Common Ground Ensemble, Sharon Shannon, The Bridge Céili Band, Daithí Gormley, Frankie Gavin and Catherine McHugh, Téada, IMAR, Seamus Begley, Sean Keane and Emmett Cahill, Anúna, Kilfenora Céili Band, Damien Mullane, Moxie and more.
'We're calling on as many locals as possible to get involved," says Fleadh Executive Committee Chairperson Joe Connaire, "whether it’s playing music, offering accommodation, volunteering or supporting official events. We want the excitement of the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to be felt throughout the town. Being a proud musician and having attended fleadhs since the mid 80’s, I know it's a brilliant week that everyone can enjoy, so we’d love to see everyone out and about experiencing all the Fleadh has to offer".
To find out more about Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022 go here or phone 044 93 38954, where people can also register as volunteers, offer accommodation for the week.