Local accommodation providers urged not to overcharge for Fleadh

May 26, 2023 16:42 By Shannonside News
Local accommodation providers urged not to overcharge for Fleadh Local accommodation providers urged not to overcharge for Fleadh
Repro Free: 21/05/2023 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann officially launched its programme of music events which will run from 6th - 14th August 2023. The important Irish cultural event returns home to the town of Mullingar in Co. Westmeath for the second year running. Organisers are preparing to build on the massive success of the "Homecoming" in 2022, with thousands of people expected to travel to the famed week-long celebration of traditional Irish music and culture - and many more thousands expected to tune in live, as the world-acclaimed competitions will be streamed live to Comhaltas branches around the world. The event is organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and will be hosted in Mullingar by the local Fleadh Executive Committee with the association of Westmeath County Council, kindly supported by Fáilte Ireland and Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. Four year old Kate Noone is pictured on board the Flossy Fluke at Mullingar Harbour with her grandfather Willie Penrose, Sharleen Doyle, Karen Meehan and Enda Seery. Picture Andres Poveda
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Preparations are well underway for the event.

Locals intending to offer accommodation to those attending the Fleadh Cheoil this August are being asked not to overcharge.

Earlier this week the festival was officially launched and will return to Mullingar between August 6th and 14th.

Chairperson Joe Connaire says over half a million people are expected to descend on the midlands with the regional economy set to benefit from almost €60 million euro.


Last year attendees used accommodation providers across Westmeath, Longford, Roscommon and Kildare.

Speaking to Let's Talk Joe Connaire urged people to charge fair prices.

''Bordering counties like Meath, even down into Roscommon, Longford and up to Kildare, we had rooms taken in the college in Maynooth last year so there's a bit there for the neighbouring counties as well. I just want to call out especially the people of Mullingar that are giving up their houses for accommodation for the week not to be overcharging, I'm hearing figures out there that's not nice, so I'd just ask the people who are renting out their houses to be fair to people.''

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