Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 has been hailed as a massive success.
Close to half a million people descended on Ennis for the world’s largest traditional music festival, which is coming to a close today.
Traffic restrictions ares still in place but the town remains open for business and a number of events are taking place across this afternoon and evening as Clare FM’s Fiona McGarry reports:
It’s perhaps the biggest event to ever hit Ennis in many years and by all accounts it’s been a massive success.
Fleadh organisers say 450,000 people visited the town over the course of the nine days, with 100,000 over a 16-hour period on Saturday alone.
The Ard Stiúrthóir of Comhaltas believes this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will go down as one of the greatest of all time.
Volunteers, emergency services and council workers have been hailed as the heros of the event, after managing to keep visitors informed and the town in top shape during the festival.
Clare Gardaí say the number of public order incidents and arrests was on par with a typical week.
The Head of the Clare Garda Division, Chief Superintendent John Kerin says that’s to be commended given the sheer number of people in the town.