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Tourism Minister Approves €100k Of Support Towards Fleadh Cheoil Costs

By Dave Simpson

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin has approved €100,000 of support towards the organisational costs of the Fleadh Cheoil 2022 Irish music, language, song and dance event, according to a statement published on gov.ie.

Fleadh Cheoil 2022 Date

As noted in the statement published on gov.ie, Fleadh Cheoil 2022 will take place in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, from 31 July to 7 August.

Tourism Minister Statements

The statement published on gov.ie included a statement from Minister Martin, in which she said, "The Fleadh Cheoil is the highlight of the year for performers and enthusiasts of traditional Irish music and dance. The absence of an in-person event has been greatly felt across the Irish and international traditional music community and I'm delighted the Mullingar team plans for Fleadh to be back better than ever in 2022. This special fund is in recognition of the fact the festival was unable to proceed in the last two years and needs support as audiences finally return.

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"I send my best wishes that the Fleadh will be a great success, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors to Mullingar and shared with a growing digital audience worldwide. This great summer festival will raise our spirits nationwide and contribute very strongly to economic recovery in the area."

Minister Martin also acknowledged the support of Westmeath County Council for Fleadh Cheoil 2022 with thanks, and conveyed her appreciation of the achievements of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, both for its achievement in promoting the Irish culture and as a community network of volunteers and branches that has helped to sustain people during the COVID-19 pandemic and to strengthen links with Irish communities in other countries.

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