‘Praise for members and organisers of Fleadh Ceoil Sligo’
Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, arranged for the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries, to visit a number of local cultural settings in the town during her visit to Co. Sligo last week.
The Minister initially met with members of Comhaltas and local organisers of Fleadh Ceoil Sligo 2015 in the Sligo Park Hotel, where after a musical welcome by young local musicians, discussions on the up and coming Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo took place. Bartley Gavin, Chairperson of the Fleadh Ceoil Committee informed the Minister
that Sligo would be seeking to bid for the festival for a third consecutive year in 2016.
The Minister praised the work of the Fleadh Committee and wished them luck with their new application.
Minister Humphries was then whisked away to the Sligo Youth Theatre in order to view a special performance by local children who attend the centre, and she also made a quick visit to the Blue Rain Coat Theatre to meet its staff.
Deputy Tony McLoughlin, who organised the Ministers visits, stated that “I primarily requested that the Minister, with responsibility for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltact, visited these three locations in order to get a small sample of the cultural and artistic scene available here in Sligo.
After leaving the two town theatres, Minister Humphries then visited a number of local businesses in the town and attended a Fine Gael Meeting that evening.