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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sligo Town = Cheoil + Craic

Right now, thousands of Irish musicians from around the world are practicing their arpeggios and fine tuning their instruments.   Dancers are checking their costumes and polishing their footwork.  From Boston to Sydney, musicians, dancers and music-lovers alike are booking their rooms and making plans to meet in County Sligo, from August 10-17, when the 2014 FleadhCheoil takes place.  

If you haven’t been to Ireland’s annual Fleadh Cheoil, this is the summer to go.  The week-long musical competition pits the very best traditional Irish musicians, singers and dancers from around the world in a week long competition that crowns the All-Ireland champions, a distinction that lasts a lifetime.

This year’s Fleadh is being held in Sligo Town, the first time since 1991.  It’s always appropriate to talk about traditional Irish music and Sligo, since so many great musicians have come from that county. Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran, Lad O’Beirne, Seamus Tansey, Fred Finn, Kevin Burke, Carmel Gunning… the list goes on.

The caliber of music is surely the draw, but so is the craic (fun) that ensues in this celebratory setting of an entire town of people brought together by their collective love of Irish traditional music.  Enjoy yourselves!

For travel information, contact Discover Ireland

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