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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Sligo 2015

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is underway in Sligo. Translated, its name means The Music Festival of Ireland. The Fleadh, as it is usually called, is the largest single festival of Irish Music and can reach attendances of 400,000 over the course of eight eventful days.

The Fleadh is a competition for amateur musicians.

The heart of the festival is the enjoyment of music. This is found in the lively street sessions and late-night seisiúns that the competitors and other musicians spin out in an unending offering of top-quality live music.

Hope you enjoy them.
Rory, Emer, Michael and Aileen Concannon making Fleadh volunteering a family affair. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Rory, Emer, Michael and Aileen Concannon making Fleadh volunteering a family affair. Photo: SligoToday.ie
The spectacular firework display silhouetted Carly Church closed Fleadh 2015. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
The spectacular firework display silhouetted Carly Church closed Fleadh 2015. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Kieran Quinn enjoying the Fleadh finale. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Kieran Quinn enjoying the Fleadh finale. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Seamie O'Dowd on the final night. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Seamie O'Dowd on the final night. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
The spectaular floral display at The Glasshouse Hotel captured the beauty of Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
The spectaular floral display at The Glasshouse Hotel captured the beauty of Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
That's what Mammy's are for when the rain comes. Photo: SligoToday.ie
That's what Mammy's are for when the rain comes. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A full seisún underway in The Italian Quarter. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A full seisún underway in The Italian Quarter. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A memento of the Sligo visit being created. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A memento of the Sligo visit being created. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A real 'Monday Club' in Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A real 'Monday Club' in Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A full family affair. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A full family affair. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Playing the last gig. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Playing the last gig. Photo:SligoToday.ie
There were Fiddlers three.... Photo: SligoToday.ie
There were Fiddlers three.... Photo: SligoToday.ie
Still a good crowd after the Fleadh on Monday. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Still a good crowd after the Fleadh on Monday. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Sure where would you get it - Only in Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Sure where would you get it - Only in Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Deputy Tony McLoughlin and Blaine Gaffney enjoying the Fleadh. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Deputy Tony McLoughlin and Blaine Gaffney enjoying the Fleadh. Photo: SligoToday.ie
More Purple Army volunteers,  Photo: SligoToday.ie
More Purple Army volunteers, Photo: SligoToday.ie
Musical duo on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Musical duo on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Aoibhín Holmes and Orla McGlincey from Sooey, Co Sligo reciting Yeats' poetry in Tobergal Lane. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Aoibhín Holmes and Orla McGlincey from Sooey, Co Sligo reciting Yeats' poetry in Tobergal Lane. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Fiddlers by the river. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Fiddlers by the river. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Purple Army volunteers. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Purple Army volunteers. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Speed tapping. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Speed tapping. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Playing in glorious sunshine. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Playing in glorious sunshine. Photo: SligoToday.ie
High Jinks by the river. Photo: SligoToday.ie
High Jinks by the river. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Dueling Banjos. Photo: Séamus Finn
Dueling Banjos. Photo: Séamus Finn
Siblings making music. Photo: Séamus Finn
Siblings making music. Photo: Séamus Finn
Getting into the spirit of the Fleadh. Photo: Séamus Finn
Getting into the spirit of the Fleadh. Photo: Séamus Finn
Broom dancing. Photo: Séamus Finn
Broom dancing. Photo: Séamus Finn
A family affair. Photo: Séamus Finn
A family affair. Photo: Séamus Finn
Playing by the Garavogue River. Photo: Séamus Finn
Playing by the Garavogue River. Photo: Séamus Finn
Elvis (somewhat aged returns) Photo: Séamus Finn
Elvis (somewhat aged returns) Photo: Séamus Finn
Doctor on Taps. Photo: Séamus Finn
Doctor on Taps. Photo: Séamus Finn
Playing on the street at Fleadh 2015. Photo: Séamus Finn
Playing on the street at Fleadh 2015. Photo: Séamus Finn
Age on barrier to dancing at the Fleadh. Photo: Séamus Finn
Age on barrier to dancing at the Fleadh. Photo: Séamus Finn
High brooms in the Gareavogue Bar. Photo: Séamus Finn
High brooms in the Gareavogue Bar. Photo: Séamus Finn
A little foursome. Photo: Séamus Finn
A little foursome. Photo: Séamus Finn
Kevin Cunniffe from Ballinasloe 'on the botte'. Photo: Séamus Finn
Kevin Cunniffe from Ballinasloe 'on the botte'. Photo: Séamus Finn
No shortage of food at the Fleadh. Photo: SligoToday.ie
No shortage of food at the Fleadh. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Alfie Vesey and Rory Felcey from Manchester (UK) performing on Hyde Bridge. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Alfie Vesey and Rory Felcey from Manchester (UK) performing on Hyde Bridge. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Whistling and Dancing at The Freadh. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Whistling and Dancing at The Freadh. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Aidan Watson from Coventry (UK) dances on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Aidan Watson from Coventry (UK) dances on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Trio. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Trio. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Fiddler on the Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Fiddler on the Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Soaring on the Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Soaring on the Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
In harmony. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
In harmony. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
On The Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
On The Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Selfie from the Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Selfie from the Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Lying down on the job. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Lying down on the job. Photo:SligoToday.ie
The Purple Army meets the Thin Blue Line. Photo: SligoToday.ie
The Purple Army meets the Thin Blue Line. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Tiarnán Hyland (5) entertains by the Garavogue. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Tiarnán Hyland (5) entertains by the Garavogue. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Gillian McCarthy and Adam Doran on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Gillian McCarthy and Adam Doran on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon on a day off with his wife Marie and son Joseph. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon on a day off with his wife Marie and son Joseph. Photo: SligoToday.ie
John from Dublin and Jen fro America doing the Fleadh on a bicycle made for two. Photo: SligoToday.ie
John from Dublin and Jen fro America doing the Fleadh on a bicycle made for two. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Sligo Tidy Towns Chairman Jim Lawlor enjoying the music on the clean streets of Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Sligo Tidy Towns Chairman Jim Lawlor enjoying the music on the clean streets of Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
The McCarthy gang, Charles, Eleanor and Gillian enjoying the craic at Fleafh 2015. Photo: SligoToday.ie
The McCarthy gang, Charles, Eleanor and Gillian enjoying the craic at Fleafh 2015. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Sligo Today highlighted at the Fleadh. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Sligo Today highlighted at the Fleadh. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Street musicians. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Street musicians. Photo: SligoToday.ie
On the main Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
On the main Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
County CEO Ciarán Hayes on a walk-about in The Italian Quarter with restauranteur Pat Grimes. Photo: SligoToday.ie
County CEO Ciarán Hayes on a walk-about in The Italian Quarter with restauranteur Pat Grimes. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Deep in the moment. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Deep in the moment. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Blooms on the bridge. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Blooms on the bridge. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Full house for an outdoor session at The Garavogue. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Full house for an outdoor session at The Garavogue. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Ceilí in The Seisún Bar. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Ceilí in The Seisún Bar. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Harping in The Italian Quarter. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Harping in The Italian Quarter. Photo: SligoToday.ie
In the groove. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
In the groove. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Enjoing the Fleadh. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Enjoing the Fleadh. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
A full seisún in The Seisún Bar
A full seisún in The Seisún Bar
Great fiddle playing in Fiddler's Creek
Great fiddle playing in Fiddler's Creek
Serena McDermott from Derry and her Sligo gran Teresa Magee delighted with Serena's portrait by a street artist. Photo: SligoToday.iedelight
Serena McDermott from Derry and her Sligo gran Teresa Magee delighted with Serena's portrait by a street artist. Photo: SligoToday.iedelight
Ciara , Roisín and Nora, all from Co Mayo in a dry Johnsons Court. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Ciara , Roisín and Nora, all from Co Mayo in a dry Johnsons Court. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Evelyn, Anna, Phil and Bobby McCall from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan delighted their audience on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Evelyn, Anna, Phil and Bobby McCall from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan delighted their audience on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Ready for the rain were Fleadh Street Ambassadors, Mary Curley, Kevin Fitzsimons and Eileen Ryan. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Ready for the rain were Fleadh Street Ambassadors, Mary Curley, Kevin Fitzsimons and Eileen Ryan. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Oran, Naoise and Oisin Harbinson from Co Fermanagh crossed the border to bring their music to Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Oran, Naoise and Oisin Harbinson from Co Fermanagh crossed the border to bring their music to Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie

The Gig Rig was alive with great music. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
The Gig Rig was alive with great music. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
On the Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
On the Gig Rig. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Always a great welcome from Dale Barber owner of The Swagman, Wine St. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Always a great welcome from Dale Barber owner of The Swagman, Wine St. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Rain did not 'stop play' at the main Gig Rig. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Rain did not 'stop play' at the main Gig Rig. Photo:SligoToday.ie
No shortage of street entertainment. Photo: SligoToday.ie
No shortage of street entertainment. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A seisun underway in Trickey McGarrigles on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A seisun underway in Trickey McGarrigles on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Anthony McDaniel and his daughter Niamh at the opening by President Higgins. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Anthony McDaniel and his daughter Niamh at the opening by President Higgins. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Lucy Fitzgerald from Wexford entertains on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Lucy Fitzgerald from Wexford entertains on O'Connell St. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Volunteer Litter Pickers Tanja Grabitz and Tony McGowan keeping the streets clean. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Volunteer Litter Pickers Tanja Grabitz and Tony McGowan keeping the streets clean. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Eli Cassidy (5) from Castlebaldwin gives an fantastic display of Irish dancing on O'Connell St. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Eli Cassidy (5) from Castlebaldwin gives an fantastic display of Irish dancing on O'Connell St. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Cathaoirleach Rosaleen O'Grady shares a light moment with Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú from Comhaltas. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Cathaoirleach Rosaleen O'Grady shares a light moment with Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú from Comhaltas. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
The President delighted with Annie West's book. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
The President delighted with Annie West's book. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Maud Gonne and WB Yeats in the opening parade. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Maud Gonne and WB Yeats in the opening parade. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Happy Faces. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Happy Faces. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Acknowledging the crowds. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Acknowledging the crowds. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Illustrator Annie West with Martin Enright from Comhaltas. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Illustrator Annie West with Martin Enright from Comhaltas. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Bartley Gavin, Director of Fleadh Cheoil 2015. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
Bartley Gavin, Director of Fleadh Cheoil 2015. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
The South Sligo under-12 Céilí Band pose with President Higgins and the US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley and Cathaoirleach O'Grady.Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
The South Sligo under-12 Céilí Band pose with President Higgins and the US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley and Cathaoirleach O'Grady.Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
On the Street  Photo: SligoToday.ie
On the Street Photo: SligoToday.ie
Fun in The Italian Quarter. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Fun in The Italian Quarter. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A busy Rockwood Parade. Photo: SligoToday.ie
A busy Rockwood Parade. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Enjoying the festivities. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Enjoying the festivities. Photo: SligoToday.ie
The South Sligo under-12 Céilí Band provided the musical introduction for the President                                                                                Photo:SligoToday.ie
The South Sligo under-12 Céilí Band provided the musical introduction for the President Photo:SligoToday.ie
Maja Rewkowska, Magdalena Pszcaola, Weronika Matczak and Kamil Pszczola entertaining in Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Maja Rewkowska, Magdalena Pszcaola, Weronika Matczak and Kamil Pszczola entertaining in Sligo. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Street Ambassador Barry Egan gives directions to a group of Russian, German, Irish and Spanish students. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Street Ambassador Barry Egan gives directions to a group of Russian, German, Irish and Spanish students. Photo: SligoToday.ie
Ladies from the Sligo-Indian community performed at the opening ceremony. Photo:SligoToday.ie
Ladies from the Sligo-Indian community performed at the opening ceremony. Photo:SligoToday.ie
President Michael D Higgins opens Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography
President Michael D Higgins opens Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo. Photo: Connolly Bree Photography