We want your home for the 2018 Fleadh PRI­VATE HOMES FROM DROGHEDA TO BALBRIGGAN, SLANE, ARDEE AND DUN­DALK ARE NEEDED TO HOUSE FAM­I­LIES IN AU­GUST 2018. IT CAN EARN YOU UP TO €1,000. HU­BERT MUR­PHY RE­PORTS.

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

THE build up to the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil na hEire­ann ramped up a notch last week when the call be­gan for ac­com­mo­da­tion to host the thou­sands who will de­scend on the re­gion for a week in Au­gust. While Drogheda will host the event from Sun­day 12th to Sun­day 19th Au­gust 2018, the need to house peo­ple for the week will hope­fully see home­own­ers from North County Dublin, East Meath and North Louth give up their homes for the week - and earn up to €1,000 in the process.

Up to 500,000 peo­ple are ex­pected for the event from all parts of the world and the or­gan­is­ers be­lieve they’ll need up to 500 houses to meet de­mand.

The great­est need for the visit­ing mu­si­cians, singers and dancers, and their fam­i­lies is pri­vate rented ac­com­mo­da­tion. From very early Fleadhs in Lis­towel the lo­cal com­mu­nity have opened their doors to the visitors from near and far. This has grown to a ma­jor lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge to pro­vide the 400-500 houses or rooms in houses needed.

“In Drogheda and the sur­round­ing area, we are con­fi­dent that the lo­cals will re­spond and take this chance to en­gage with the Fleadh”, com­mented Ed­die Phe­lan, chair of the Ac­com­mo­da­tion com­mit­tee, “and it is a great way to get in­volved and to earn some money in the process!”

In En­nis the 2017 Fleadh needed 400 houses and weekly rental var­ied from €750 to €950 de­pend­ing on the size and lo­ca­tion of the house, in ad­di­tion many peo­ple rented out one or more rooms in their house to the visitors.

Lolo Robin­son, Chair­per­son of Drogheda Comhal­tas out­lined the process, “peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in rent­ing their room or house reg­is­ter with the ac­com­mo­da­tion com­mit­tee. Af­ter a quick as­sess­ment the prop­erty is in­cluded on a list on the Fleadh web­site and the vis­i­tor will either make di­rect con­tact with the owner from the list or make con­tact through the ac­com­mo­da­tion com­mit­tee. We al­ready have lots of queries from all over the world and are con­fi­dent that Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉire­ann 2018 in Drogheda is go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic event for our visitors and for the lo­cal com­mu­nity”.

The high­est num­ber to at­tend a Fleadh is 450,00 but it’s be­lieved Drogheda has the po­ten­tial to break this record in 2018.

“We ex­pect a lot of day trip­pers from Dublin and Belfast, but we will also fill the ho­tels not only in the town but as far afield as North Dublin, Na­van and Dun­dalk. There is a tra­di­tion of camp­ing at the Fleadh and we will be set­ting up a fully ser­viced camp­ground in Drogheda which will match or ex­ceed the ex­cel­lent camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided in En­nis for 2017,’ Ed­die added.

Peo­ple tend to stay in homes within a 45 minute drive and ac­cord­ing to Lolo, the re­ports about those tak­ing homes for the week are all good.

‘A lot of the time they are just for sleep­ing as they are out and about most of the time at the events,’ she stated.

Padraic Kier­ans from the com­mit­tee wants the 2018 Fleadh to be a real eye-opener for peo­ple visit­ing the re­gion and hope­fully they’ll re­turn in the fu­ture.

He says word is spread­ing about the Fleadh and peo­ple have em­braced it.

To reg­is­ter your in­ter­est in let­ting out all or part of your prop­erty for the week of the Fleadh in Au­gust 2018 you can, con­tact the ac­com­mo­da­tion com­mit­tee e-mail drogheda.acc2018@ gmail.com or down­load the form through the Fleadh Face­book page or Drogheda Comhal­tas web­site or pick up a copy of the form in Drogheda’s shop­ping cen­tres and par­tic­i­pat­ing shops.

The com­pleted form can be re­turned by e-mail to drogheda.acc2018@gmail.com. by post to 13 Ash­dale, Wheaton Hall, Drogheda or drop it into the re­cep­tion of the West­court Ho­tel, West Street, Drogheda.

Peo­ple can also ring 0877007322 for de­tails.

AF­TER A QUICK AS­SESS­MENT, THE PROP­ERTY IS PLACED ON THE FLEADH WEB­SITE AND PEO­PLE MAKE CON­TACT

Ed­die Phe­lan, Chair of Ac­com­mo­da­tion Com­mit­tee and Lolo Robin­son, Chair of Drogheda Fleadh Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and be­low, with Padraic Kier­ans, Aileen Phe­lan, Rory Scott, Aoife Ruane and Lisa O Neill. Pic­ture: Chris­tine Phe­lan.

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