Fleadh Cheoil Sligo

The Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann is a traditional Irish music competition and festival, Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann is gaelic for “Music Festival of Ireland”.  It is an annual event that is hosted by a different town in Ireland, usually every 2 years and then it changes to another location.  The festival runs for over a week and is made up of different competitions.  Over the course of previous months, competitors enter the local county heats and then finalists for each county, get to compete at the main Fleadh Cheoil held in August.

Competitions are held in traditional Irish music, singing, dancing, poetry.  Musicians play traditional irish music instruments such as the Tin Whistle, bodhrán, Accordion, Harp, Fiddle, Uilleann pipes and also Piano, guitar and banjo and dancers compete in Sean-nós dancing, Irish dancing, set dancing competitions.

Musicians play Fleadh Cheoil
Irish traditional musicians play at Fureys pub in Sligo during the Fleadh Cheoil, August 2014.

The competitions are open to young and old, there is a juniors section and adult over 18 section.   Competitors can enter solo or in a group such as a céilí band.  The regional competitions are held in Ireland, Great Britain and America to cater for all the Irish diaspora with an interest in Irish music.

Musicians Fleadh Cheoil Sligo
Musicians play on the street during the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo

The competitions are open to the public to come and see the competitors, playing, singing, reciting and dancing.  The week of the Fleadh Cheoil,  musicians take to the streets busking and all the pubs are filled with musicians playing.

Crowds on the street listen to musicians Fleadh Sligo
Crowds gather at the Lady Erin statue to listen to musicians playing during the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo.

Large crowds attend everyday and the streets are filled with various food stalls and craft stands.  The Fleadh Cheoil was held in Sligo in August 2014 and will be held in Sligo again in August 2015.

Lady of Erin Fleadh Cheoil
Lady Erin Statue Sligo
Fleadh Cheoil Garavogue River
Crowds gather on Rockwood parade and in Stephens street car park during the Fleadh Cheoil


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