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Ennis Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann an outstanding success
The Fleadh has been an outstanding success in advancing the vision and aspirations of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann nationally and locally. Record numbers of young people attended masterclasses at Scoil Éigse, concert audiences broke all records, numbers of competitors were up due to increased entries from overseas including two Japanese Céilí Bands and Fleadh TV broadcast 12 hours of lively invigorating television.

The real stars of Ennis Fleadh were the happy children and young people who so enthusiastically embraced traditional music and played it to such a high standard. Traditional music, song and dance is in a very healthy state and this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has taken another important step in positioning our culture at the centre of Irish life and developing it overseas.
Hundreds of thousands of people interacted with Fleadh Cheoil through the virtual world of social media. During the first 7 days of the Fleadh almost 1.3 million people were reached through the official Facebook page, with just under 590,000 people engaging with the posts. This combined with primetime exposure on mainstream media, including four live, three-hour broadcasts by Fleadh TV, showcasing Ennis and Co. Clare, ensures a lasting legacy that will benefit tourism.
“We now look forward with great optimism to next year when Fleadh Cheoil ha hÉireann will be held again in Ennis from 13th – 21st August,” said Micheál Ó Riabhaigh, Chairman of the Ennis Fleadh Executive Committee. “According to hoteliers, accommodation bookings are already being made. Our various teams worked so hard – often to the point of exhaustion – to manage many complexities of the Fleadh. My advice at this point is to take a break and recharge the batteries. When we regroup in September, statistical data will be available from the various agencies and we can then paint a complete picture of this great national undertaking. We will take all this information into account as we plan for next year to make the 2017 an even more successful event,” he said.

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