Congratulating the Local Working Group whose efforts have culminated in the return of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann to Ennis after a lapse of 39 years, Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade, Pat Breen said that the staging of the event has the potential to equal the Gathering providing a significant economic boost for the local economy which will help to bolster Clare’s ongoing recovery.
“I would like to pay tribute to the local working Group and all those associated with this successful campaign. When the decision was announced on Saturday evening last that Ennis had been chosen to host the 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, the news was met with great excitement and joy. Indeed, I have received congratulatory messages from all over the world as people are genuinely delighted to see the Fleadh return home to County Clare.
Clare is internationally renowned as the home of Traditional Music with musicians such as Nell Galvin, the Crotty’s PJ and Peadar, Miko Russell, Noel Hill, Sharon Shannon and many others greatly contributing greatly to our reputation and it is only fitting that the town of Ennis has been chosen to host the Fleadh next year.
The Hosting of the Fleadh will coincide with our 2016 Commemoration Events ensuring that our cultural tradition will take centre stage.
During the 10 day event over 300,000 additional visitors are expected into Ennis generating an estimated €40 million in income for the local economy. It is important that all the various stakeholders including the Tourism Sector work together to maximise the opportunities which staging this event presents for this County. We are blessed in this County to have an abundance of tourist destinations and from Loop Head to the Cliffs of Moher, from Ballyvaughan to Lough Derg; there is no much for these visitors to enjoy.
The hosting of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann has the potential to equal the success of the Gathering which paid such significant dividends for communities rights across this County ensuring another bumper year for Clare Tourism in 2016 and aiding our ongoing economic recovery.