Chamber supports Bid for Fleadh Cheoil 2024

County Wexford Chamber is delighted to have contributed a submission to assist the bid by Craobh Loch Garman Ceoltas and Wexford County Council to host the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2024.

The bid document was submitted to Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann HQ in early December. It outlines why Wexford town is best placed to support Fleadh and the 500,000+ visitors who will attend it. The Fleadh Cheoil is expected to €60 million to the local economy of the winning bidder.

Business community supports Fleadh Cheoil

The submission was jointly signed by Chamber President Brendan Crowley and Acting CEO Emma Dunphy. In it, the Chamber offers the bid the full support of the entire business community, along with our local, national, and international stakeholders.

With direct ferry connections to Wales, France, Belgium, and Spain, Wexford and the ferry companies operating on those routes are committed to promoting the Fleadh to communities in those destinations.

“Everything within our gift will be dedicated to ensuring that the event will be an outstanding success, a positive experience for competitors, students, visitors, and the local communities of County Wexford and our neighbours both near and far,” said Chamber President Brendan Crowley.

Wexford is the ideal location for Fleadh

Acting CEO Emma Dunphy said: “The very nature of our walkable town centre with its unique streetscape, open public areas such as the Quay front, venues such as the National Opera House, The Wexford Arts Centre, and the multitude of public buildings and schools all prepared to open their doors, offers the ideal location to host classes, competitions, and performances of all shapes and sizes.”

County Wexford Chamber facilitated a meeting with businesses on the 12th of October where members from Wexford County Council and representation from Cheoltas were present. This meeting gave an overview of the Fleadh bid efforts, how the business community can support the bid, what will be required in the lead up and during the Fleadh if successful. County Wexford Chamber looks forward to a follow on to this meeting should the bid be successful in March.

Cheoltas have a meeting for their case to bring Fleadh to Wexford in 2024 on the 8th of February. County Wexford Chamber looks forward to a positive decision on the 11th of March at 3PM when the winning bid will be announced. We have committed our full support and that of the business community to the Fleadh’s organising committee.


Feature image courtesy of Wexford County Council/Visit Wexford