Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THE in­ter­na­tional spot­light is set to shine on Drogheda as the count­down to the of­fi­cial launch of Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉire­ann Drogheda 2018 be­gins.

In a mat­ter of weeks, a full pro­gramme of events will be an­nounced by the Fleadh Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

In March 2017, Drogheda was of­fi­cially an­nounced by Comhal­tas Ce­oltólrí Éire­ann as the host for the Fleadh in 2018, and shortly af­ter the Fleadh 2018 Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished to or­gan­ise the mam­moth un­der­tak­ing. Fleadh 2018 Drogheda is ex­pected to at­tract an au­di­ence eight times that of Elec­tric Pic­nic.

In the in­ter­ven­ing months, a num­ber of venues for the var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions and con­certs have been iden­ti­fied. A lo­ca­tion for the spec­tac­u­lar dome has also been ap­proved and the ser­vices of an event man­age­ment com­pany and PR com­pany have been agreed.

Meet­ings with the emer­gency ser­vices and the Gar­daí have taken place to dis­cuss re­quire­ments for the Fleadh and an agree­ment on re­sources has been reached. The Louth Vol­un­teer cen­tre has also played an ac­tive part in the plan­ning and will pro­vide cru­cial re­sources and man­power through­out the fes­tiv­i­ties. The Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee has also en­gaged with their coun­ter­parts in En­nis and Sligo who pre­vi­ously hosted the event.

Speak­ing ahead of the of­fi­cial launch, the Chair­per­son of the Fleadh Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Lolo Robin­son said “Fleadh Ceoil Na hÉire­ann 2018 pro­vides us with a golden op­por­tu­nity to show­case Drogheda and County Louth as a county steeped in his­tory, beauty and cul­ture to a world­wide au­di­ence.”

Lolo Robin­son com­mended the Fleadh Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and Louth County Coun­cil for their com­mit­ment, hard work and ded­i­ca­tion. She paid spe­cial tribute to the many vol­un­tary groups and par­tic­u­larly the peo­ple of Drogheda for their en­thu­si­asm and of­fers of help in or­der to make Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉire­ann Drogheda 2018 a family fes­ti­val to re­mem­ber.

Lolo Robin­son

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