Thousands of people have flooded Ennis this week for the annual Fleadh Cheoil.
Aka, the most Irish sesh in all of Ireland.
It is the biggest Irish music event of the year celebrating Irish culture in its finest form.
The location for the legendary Fleadh changes every year but it has been to Ennis before, in both 1956 and 1977.
— Visit Ennis (@visitennis1) August 11, 2016
1. The streets are alive
With musicians, dancers and performers. The sounds, the smiles and the banter – it is typical, Irish, heartwarming craic.
The kind we are all proud of.
— The Clare Herald (@theclareherald) August 18, 2016
— Gary Collins Photogr (@GaryPhotogr) August 17, 2016
— #mancirishfest☘ (@mancirishfest) August 11, 2016
2. You will meet everyone and their mother at it
You often hear about that ‘six degrees of separation’ theory, but at the fleadh ceoil there’s literally only two degrees of separation.
You’ll meet your long-forgotten friends, ex-baes, family, co-workers, mutual friends and classmates. Everyone who is anyone is at the Fleadh.
— Newstalk (@NewstalkFM) August 14, 2016
3. There’s enough Guinness to last the week
The pubs have been fully stocked and prepared for this one.
No messing around here – they take their black shtuff very seriously.
4. It has a unique and special atmosphere
That is made up by the amazing efforts from the unreal team behind the Fleadh and the musicians, artists, dancers, locals, visitors and business owners.
A large group of people all passionate about the craic, ceoil agus ól, Irish culture, the sesh and the actual musical seisiún.
5. Not even Michael D could pass on this one
The ultimate sesh legend himself, our very own Uachtarán made an appearance in Ennis, with the lovely Sabina.
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) August 14, 2016
6. The grub
Ennis has an abundance of great restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars.
You’ll need it, the head on ya.
7. The fierce competition
The competitions finished yesterday but around 6,000 people took part, singing, dancing and playing for all-Ireland glory in over 180 different categories.
People came from all over the world for the competitions. And the talent was out of this world.
These annual competitions are held to promote and develop Irish traditional music, both vocal and instrumental, encouraging dance as well as teanga na Gaeilge.
— John FitzGerald (@Jdbfitzgerald) August 20, 2016
If you didn’t make it down this year, put it in the diary for next year.
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