fleadh-cheoil-mhaigh-eo-15Frequently Asked Questions


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?

 Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th of May 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).

Where do I find more information?

More information on the Rules of Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo 2020 may be found on the Mayo Comhaltas Website.

How do I get to Achill?

Directions on how to get to Achill Island can be found here

How do I contact the Fleadh Committee?

The committee may be contacted via email at fleadh@scoilacla.ie or by telephone at +353 85 881 9548