Fleadh Executive Committee vice chair Willie Penrose with the Rose of Tralee Rachel Duffy at the North Midlands Credit Union's fleadh launch this afternoon in Mullingar.

WATCH: North Midlands Credit Union's Fleadh launch

The Mullingar branch of the North Midlands Credit Union (NMCU) was a hive of musical activity this afternoon for its fleadh launch.

Westmeath's finest musicians joined forces for a trad session to mark the beginning of the count down to this year's event, which gets underway on August 6.

Among those who attended the event was Rose of Tralee Rachel Duffy. Once again, the NMCU are the main sponsor of the Fleadh Cheoil.

Ciaran Doyle, Paula Murtagh, Elaine Keena and Yvonne Craig on Saturday afternoon.
Denise Garry, Sarah Flynn and Olive Brennan from North Westmeath Credit Union.
Tom Allen (NWCU manager).
Joe Connaire on Saturday.
Some of the musicians who performed on Saturday afternoon.
Leona McKenna on the whistle.
Willie Penrose with Rose of Tralee Rachel Duffy.
Lorraine Maher (Ballynacargy Comhaltas), Derek Smith (NWCU) and Linda Price (Fleadh Executive Committee).