Donal O’Connor

I first met the O’Connors of Dundalk – specifically Peter, Gerry and Eilish, along with their friend Brendan Malone – in the mid-1970s when they came to Limerick to visit another great Irish musical clan, the Ryans of Murroe. They were friendly warm-hearted people – all of them fiddle players – from what was to some of us a distant …

Eoin and Declan Gillen

Eoin Gillen on banjo and his brother Declan on flute at Sarsfields Bar, Drogheda, during Fleadh Cheoil 2019.


Eoin Murphy and Ruairi Stewart, of the Northern band Cuig on the Fleadh TV stage at the 2019 Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda. For non-Irish speakers, Cuig means five……which, you’ve guessed correctly, happens to be the number of members in the group. Many people will know them from their song Carry On which they performed on the Aer Lingus video for …

Honami Kimura, Accordionist

In truth, it’s a rare thing to see an accordion player from Japan performing Irish music on the street of an Irish town of a Sunday afternoon. But here she is – Honami Kimura, a member of the Toyotaro Ceili Band from Tokyo. Proof that Irish music truly has a global reach. #Fleadh2018    

Caitlin McDermot, Dancer

Caitlin McDermot from Monaghan rising to the occasion as she performs with a group of young musicians in a relaxed Sunday afternoon session #Fleadh2018.

Visitors From Scotland

Jigs, reels and a few strathspeys thrown in to flavour up the mix. What’s not to like? #Fleadh2018.

A Trio of Banjos

The great Kieran Hanrahan with fellow banjo maestros Muireann Banks and Theresa O’Grady performing at St Peter’s Church in Drogheda. #Fleadh2018

President Michael D Higgins

He didn’t play. He didn’t sing. Neither did he dance. Yet he was the star attraction on the day he officially opened #Fleadh2018 – Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins.