The Abbey Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Ennis has lodged the formal event licence application for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 with the Clare County Council.
The event which will take place in Ennis from the 13th-21st August is the largest Irish traditional music event in the country and beyond. As for similar major concerts and large scale events, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is subject to licensing provisions and ensuring compliance is a primary focus of the organising committee.
‘Safety for all is of utmost concern in organising an event of this scale,’ said Frank Whelan, Chairman of the Fleadh Executive Committee. It is essential that the event is planned and implemented to the highest standards and in the safest possible manner.
Following on from last year’s experience, the complexities of organising such an event are very clear to us. Our aim is to continue to provide a safe and well-ordered environment for visitors, the people of Ennis, our volunteers and all involved. We will continue to be guided by relevant legislation, codes of practice and best event management practice,’ he said.
In addition to its core function of hosting competitions, the Fleadh has a significant range of indoor and outdoor music and cultural performances. This involves the provision of two large domes with a combined seating capacity of 3,500 in Tim Smyth Park and at New Road over the 9-day festival.
Temporary campervan and campsite facilities for Fleadh goers will be provided at a campsite in Clarecastle. The Gig-Rig will be located in the Abbey Street car-park while Fleadh TV will broadcast this year from the Market area of the town.
A detailed traffic management plan outlining parking restrictions and street closures and temporary additional off-street parking will form part of the application content together with a stewarding plan backed by the support of huge numbers of volunteers. The Clare Volunteer Centre will be engaging with and encouraging the local community to get involved in supporting the organisation of this major community event in August.
In accordance with Regulations the application will be available for inspection in the Planning Offices of Clare County Council during normal office hours.
Any submissions in relation to the application must be made within 3 weeks of date of receipt (up to and including Tuesday 2nd May 2017).