Tuesday, 28 July, 2020
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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the world’s largest celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance.

This year was due to be a big year for Mullingar (dubbed ‘The Homecoming,’ the 2020 Fleadh was set to return to the place where it all began in 1951). Because of COVID-19, however, the event has been cancelled for the first time in its 70-year history.

But as one door closes, another opens... welcome to Fleadh2020 online! 

Fleadh2020 is a series of programmes which will be broadcast on 4 consecutive evenings from 6th to 9th of August on TG4 (at 9.30pm GMT). Presented in a new format, and available to view online, each of the programmes will be rooted in the traditions of the Fleadh, containing engaging, unmissable entertainment for the hundreds of thousands of people who dreamed of attending "the Fleadh" this August.

  • The programmes will be coming to us from Mullingar where this year’s Fleadh Cheoil was due to take place.

  • Fleadh2020 will be a unique, one-off series of programmes where entertainment and inclusivity are at its very core.

TG4’s Fleadh2020 series will feature musicians from all provinces and from the Diaspora. These include:

  • Beoga, Mick Flannery & Susan O’Neill, Steve Cooney, Seamus Begley and family, Liz and Yvonne Kane & dancer Nathan Pilatske, Matt Molloy and John Carty, Sí Fiddlers- Donegal women fiddlers including Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, 2018 All-Ireland winners-Blackwater Céilí Band, Glackin family including presenter Doireann, Four Men and a Dog, Eamonn MacDonncha & family, David Geaney, Ryan Molloy and Fergal Scahill, the Droney family, Aedmar O’Connor, last year’s u18 champions Crossfields Céilí Band, Reelig, Attracta Brady and friends, u12 fiddle winner 2019 Laoise Ní Chinnéide, Aoife Cunningham-Damaris Woods-Jack Fitzpatrick and their teacher Kieran Hanrahan, Fitzgibbon Family from Limerick, Bofield CCE, composer Michael Rooney and many more.

Footage of musicians from around the world will also feature over the four programmes. These include:

  • a session with Irish musicians based in Brisbane,

  • Frankie McCormick -a singing priest in New York,

  • Frank McArdle and the Irish Minstrels branch in Glasgow, and

  • all Japanese céilí band from Tokyo.

Each programme will also have a reflective segment presented by Kieran Hanrahan, where each night a different set of panellists discuss the relevance and significance of the Fleadh to each region. These discussions will highlight the impact of the Fleadh on the local and wider Fleadh community.

Fleadh 2020 [pronounce it "Flaah Fih-ha Fih-ha"] will be presented by Doireann Ní Ghlacáin, Daithí Ó Sé and Céilí House’s Kieran Hanrahan [Produced for TG4 by Power Pictures Ltd.]


Watch Fleadh 2020 from anywhere in the world on the TG4 Player HERE


August 6,7,8, & 9 at 9.30pm (GMT)


Catch last year's Fleadh on FLEADH TV here.