WATCH - Laois unites to bring All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil to Portlaoise

Organiser plan to bring 500,00 people to Portlaoise in 2020

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


A special video has been made displaying the unified determination in Laois to bring the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.

The video was shown to Comhaltas Céoltóirí Éireann Leinster Council delegates who will decide which provincial town to back in the selection of the host venue for the huge national and international event in 2020.

Portlaoise Comhaltas, with the support of other branches in Laois, has enlisted the support of Laois County Council, Laois Offaly Education and Training Board, local schools, the GAA, business, the Gardaí and many other groups in Portlaoise and beyond to bring the event here in two years time.

Among those endorsing and involved are Laois natives Liam O'Neill, former GAA president, Anna May McHugh, MD of the National Ploughing Championships. 

Apart from making a special video, the local organising committee has prepared a comprehensive booklet outlining what Laois has to offer.

"The bid is based on the belief that the venue is the most practical location in terms of accessibility and facilities and has a strong membership base, which would guarantee the success of the Fleadh," said the brochure.

Central to the bid is the 'Fleadh Village' concept. The organisers say Portlaoise's compact layout combined with an array of new buildings make it an ideal venue.

Another big plus is the experience of hosting big events such as the Electric Picnic, the National Ploughing Championships and many big GAA games. 

A key part of the bid is Portlaoise's location in the centre of accessible by motorway, train and bus to many parts of Ireland.