We are delighted to confirm to you that Scoil Acla CCÉ has secured the backing of Coiste Mhaigh Eo – Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann to host the Mayo Fleadh Cheoil in May 2020.

Each May, one of sixteen Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branches in Mayo plays host to the event. The 2019 Mayo Fleadh Cheoil took place most recently in Foxford, hosted by Admiral Brown CCÉ.

Therefore, there will be a significant economic benefit to the parish just before the summer season begins.

It will be a year of celebration for Scoil Acla as we will be marking 110 years since the founding of the original school in 1910 and 35 years since its revival in 1985.

When did Achill last host the Mayo Fleadh Cheoil?

Achill last held the Mayo Fleadh Cheoil in 1991 and 1996 respectively.

How many people are expected to attend?

We anticipate that between 4,000 and 5,000 people will be in attendance over the course of  Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo 2020 made up of competitors, officials, supporters and the general public.

What are the dates for the 2020 Mayo Fleadh Cheoil?

Friday May 9th & Saturday May 10th 2020

What is a Fleadh Cheoil?

The Fleadh Cheoil (meaning “festival of music”) is an Irish music festival with competitions in traditional music and dance and run by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ), a not for profit organisation.

There are various stages to the competition. In Ireland there are county and provincial competitions leading to the All-Ireland Fleadh. In Britain there are regional, then national stages of qualification for the All-Ireland. North America has two regional qualifying Fleadh Cheoil. In America, The Mid-Atlantic Fleadh covers the Eastern Seaboard, eastern Canada and the Maritimes. The Midwest Fleadh covers the rest of North America from Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta and Detroit to San Francisco.

Competitions are divided into the following age categories: under 12, 12–15, 15–18, and over 18 (senior).

What are the Rules of the Fleadh Cheoil?

The rules of the Fleadh Cheoil may be downloaded here (new version of the Fleadh rules introduced, as amended at Congress, 2017).