Plans underway to secure Fleadh 2017 event licence

Plans underway to secure Fleadh 2017 event licence



President Michael D. Higgins makes a presentation to Micheál Ó Riabhaigh.

Plans for securing an event licence for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 are well underway.

Ennis will host the event for the second year but an undertaking of this scale is a significant organisational and administrative challenge.

A licence to manage the largest national traditional music event for 2017 in Clare is required from the local authority. It is subject to conditions that relate to the safety of people, health and welfare, protection of the environment and litter control as well as transport, public liability and communications.

The Fleadh 2017 Committee is currently advancing plans for the hosting of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis from 13th to 21st August 2017.

Preparatory meetings have taken place between the organisers and Clare County Council, An Garda Siochána, Fire Service, HSE and Civil Defence.  The Fleadh Executive Committee expects to formally lodge an Event Licence application with the Planning Authority in mid-March 2017.

Volunteer members of Clare Civil Defence on duty in Ennis for Fleadh 2016 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Frank Whelan, Chairman of the Fleadh Executive Committee, expressed the organisation’s full commitment to delivering the event in the safest possible manner. ‘The issues of good organisation, traffic management and health and safety are our top priorities while at the same time we want to maintain the spirit of fun and enjoyment that marks Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann as a most unique traditional music event,’ he said.

At this point, the Fleadh Committee seeks input from any parties who may have a proposal in conjunction with the Fleadh or independent of the Fleadh which would impact on the overall operation and management of Fleadh 2017.  It is important that there is an awareness of any such proposals well in advance, as significant traffic management and crowd management proposals will necessarily form part of the Event Licence application.

Please email any information, idea, or proposal that you might be considering to  by 6th March 2017 so that they can be considered and assessed by the Organising Committee.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.