The All Ireland Fleadh held in in Ballina in the late 90s will feature this Sunday night (Sept 6th) in a programme on TG4 from 9.30pm to 10.30pm.
At a time when large crowd gatherings are restricted due to Covid-19 and the cancellation of this years All-Ireland Fleadh in Mullingar, TG4 looks back at three towns which hosted the event in the past.
Listowel, Ballina and Enniscorthy were selected.The All-Ireland Fleadh was hosted by Ballina for the first time ever in 1997, and then again the following year, in 1998.
Eamonn Walsh PRO of the Moy Valley branch of Comhaltas told Midwest News that it is a huge boost to Ballina’s campaign to host the event in the future.
The event is valued at generating in the region of €50 million to local economy.
Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson was a special guest at the 1997 Fleadh – the first time that a serving Uachtaran na hEireann attended an All-Ireland Fleadh in an official capacity.
While, Dana was a special guest at the 1998 Fleadh when she sang at a Fleadh Mass in St Muredach’s Cathedral.
The programme by “Forefront Productions” is presented by Pat Butler and Straide native Breda Smyth.