The 2022 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Mullingar.

Minister announces €100k for Mullingar Fleadh Cheoil

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, TD, has approves special support for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ), which received an allocation of €2.2 million in funding from the department in 2023, has been organising the festival since they held the first one in Mullingar in 1951.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, 2023, ‘The Homecoming’, is in Mullingar on August 6-14.

Minister Martin has arranged with CCÉ to provide support of €100,000 towards the organisational costs of the fleadh. It is a combination of €50,000 from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and €50,000 from CCÉ.

Fleadh 2022 in Mullingar. Credit: Courtesy Westmeath County Council (

Minister Martin said: “I send best wishes for the success of Fleadh 2023, a highlight of our cultural calendar. It is also a welcome boost for local tourism, as the fleadh attracts a tremendous number of visitors from home and abroad.

“I am conscious that the fleadh is in large part achieved as a community project, reliant on the support of everyone in the area, and I send thanks to the many volunteers and supporters in Comhaltas and the wider host community.

“I also wish to acknowledge the commitment and support of Westmeath County Council and the Westmeath County Board of Comhaltas, who in conjunction with the seven branches, in Mullingar, Ballynacargy, Castletown Geoghegan, Rathconrath, Moate, and Castlepollard, brought forward the bid to bring the fleadh to the founding town of Comhaltas.

“Their efforts and dedication were rewarded with great success in 2022, and I hope that they will be rewarded anew by public support and attendance for the fleadh programme for 2023.”

TG4 will broadcast live from Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann from Thursday August 10 to Sunday August 13, 9.30-11pm. The series will be available to view live worldwide on the TG4 Player.

Fleadh 2022 in Mullingar. Credit: Courtesy Westmeath County Council (