CAVAN SWEPT AWAY BY ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING ALL-IRELAND FLEADH!

26 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Pictured here as Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2011 came to an end in Cavan on Monday last are some of the volunteers in the “brush dance” event, where a new record was set when some 602 participants danced their way into the Guinness World Records for the largest ever gathering of brush dancers, sweeping the floor with the previous record of 362.
Providing the music for the event was the great Frankie Gavin of legendary traditional group De Dannan, who himself holds the record for being the world’s fastest fiddler. Frankie and De Dannan later played at the Fleadh Dome in a packed Shannonside-Northern Sound ‘Wrap-Up’ Party on Monday night, which was the last official event in the week-long festival that saw hundreds of thousands of visitors provide a multi-million euro boost to the local economy for the second year in succession.
Cavan now waits with baited breath for the official announcement of the host town for next year’s All-Ireland Fleadh, which is expected from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann on September 10th, and where stiff competition from Ennis and Sligo is expected. But having raised the bar so highly in terms of the sheer scope and variety of the events it organised in the festival over the last two years, Cavan can be reasonably confident in hoping to finish off with a “hat-trick” of Fleadhanna in 2012.
Photo by Sheila Rooney

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