Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - The Music Festival of Ireland
Translated, its name means The Music Festival of Ireland and music is exactly what's in store for those who attend. The Fleadh, as it's commonly known, is a competition for amateur musicians. Music has always been a huge part of Irish life throughout history and traditional Irish music is hugely popular on the west coast of Ireland. The Fleadh is a showcase of this tradition as well as a celebration of the individual skills of the competitors.
You don't have to be an expert on music to thoroughly enjoy this historic event. This week long festival, which takes place in County Sligo for the second year running, has plenty to entertain everyone. Aside from the enjoyable bouts between young musicians, the week consists of historical tours, films, seminars, street performances and markets. In the evening hours you'll probably find yourself in a small cosy pub enjoying a hearty sing-along with some of the top musicians in the country.
The Fleadh can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, you don't have to be knowledgeable, you just have to have a set of ears and an interest which I'm sure for first time goers will have grown exponentially by the end of the festival. Still not sure? Check out this fantastic video which will have you planning your visit in no time.