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Former Sligo County Manager Hubert Kearns (r) appeared to be enjoying the Fleadh with former Director of Services in Sligo, now CEO Longford County Council, Tim Cafferey. Photo: SligoToday.ie

PASSIONATE - President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins delivering a passionate address at the opening ceremony of Fleadh Cheoil 2014 in Sligo. Photo - SligoToday.ie

PEACE - Nine year old Fionn Kelly from Sligo on his way to present the Peace Book to Irish President, Michael D. Higgins at the opening ceremony of Fleadh Cheoil 2014 on the Peace Gig Rig. Photo - SligoToday.ie

POSING - The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins poses for photographs with some attending the reception at Sligo City Hall following the official opening of Fleadh Cheoil 2014. Photo - SligoToday.ie

PAGEANT - Drummers cross over the Garavogue River leading the pageant to open the Fleadh Cheoil 2014. Pic - SligoToday.ie

MAYOR - The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins with the Mayor of Derry, Brenda Stephenson and the Deputy Leader of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Martin McGuinness at the reception at Sligo City Hall following the official opening of Fleadh Cheoil 2014. Photo - SligoToday.ie

FRIENDS - Mayor of Derry Brenda Stephenson met with her long time friend Cllr Rosaleen O Grady, a former Mayor of Sligo at the City Hall reception following the opening of Fleadh Cheoil 2014. Pic - SligoToday.ie

GATHERING - Some of the thousands of people who gathered to hear President Higgins officially open the Fleadh Cheoil 2014. Pic - SligoToday.ie

CHARITY - John Fitzgerald was cycling in Sligo at the Fleadh and although stationary he hopes to pedal the distance between Sligo and Dublin to raise funds for the LauraLynn Childrens Hospice. Pic - SligoToday.ie

FISHES - Young actors portraying fishes at the pageant finale on the Peace Rig Gig at the opening of Fleadh Cheoil 2014. Pic - SligoToday.ie