BREAKING: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020 cancelled

Comhaltas cancels All Ireland Fleadh 2020 in Mulingar

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020 cancelled bringing disappointment to Donegal competitors

BREAKING: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has been cancelled by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Ireland's premier Traditional arts organisation, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement just released, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstúthóir, Comhaltas said: "After prolonged consideration and in consultation with the Fleadh Executive Committee in Mullingar [which was to host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020], the Buanchoiste, on behalf of the Ardchomhairle, have decided that Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will not proceed as a scheduled next August."

Mr Ó Murchú added: "The Buanchoiste wish to express their appreciation to all those who have offered advice and suggestions to us. These views are all carefully considered and measured in these very difficult and uncertain times but always being cognisant of Government directives and guidelines.

"After prolonged consideration and in consultation with the Fleadh Executive Committee in Mullingar [which was to host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020], the Buanchoiste, on behalf of the Ardchomhairle, have decided that Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will not proceed as a scheduled next August.

"With a view to sustaining the essence of the Fleadh, including competitions, a deferred date, possibly the end of October, at a venue to be decided, is being examined. This is subject at all times to the status of the pandemic at that time.

"In the event of a deferred date, this would mean that Provincial Fleadhanna could be deferred to, say, September, and County Fleadhanna to, say, July or August.

"Comhaltas will continue to issue Communications as the need arises. Please be assured that on an hourly basis we will monitor and respond to all necessary developments as they apply to Comhaltas on local, national and international levels.

"Given the resilience of our organisation, we are confident that we can make a positive and meaningful contribution in these times of crisis.

"Ní neart go cur le chéile," concluded Mr Ó Murchú

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