Covid-19 hits all Comhaltas events including All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil

Conor Ganly

Reporter:

Conor Ganly

Laois Fleadh

Laois Fleadh 2018. The 2020 event will not take place.

Covid-19 has claimed a big national summer event that was due to be staged this year in the midlands - the All-Ireland Feadh Cheoil.

Announcing the cancellation, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann also confirmed that all county Fleadhs and other events have been called off due to the virus.

"In compliance with Government guidelines and restrictions in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has announced that the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, scheduled for Mullingar next August, has been cancelled. 

"The Fleadh is one of the biggest cultural festivals in the world. It attracted 750,000 people from all over the world last year and generated €50m for the region," said a statement issued on Sunday, May 10.

Comhaltas also announced that the 32 County Fleadhs, 4 Provincial Fleadhs and 40 Community Festivals are also cancelled.  The Fleadhs in Britain and America are cancelled.  All 18 Cultural Centres are closed. 

 Labhrás Ó Murchú the Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

"This is a severe blow for the cultural and economic life of many communities. However, Comhaltas is already planning a programme of renewal and enhancement for all our activities and events at home and abroad. The All-Ireland Fleadh 2021 is again scheduled for Mullingar," he said.