After seeing the wonderful job the volunteers did at the Fleadh Cheoil last year in Sligo I decided to sign up myself this year. Lucy is also volunteering, it’s great to be able to give something to the community and it’s also a great way to meet new people. The Sligo Champion did an article in this weeks newspaper about me signing up so thanks to them for that.
Fleadh Cheoil, literally means “feast of music”, and with over 15,000 musicians taking part in competition and workshops over the course of the Fleadh, volunteers are needed to help in this exciting weeklong feast of entertainment and family fun. Sessions, marching bands, competitions, ceili bands, concerts, singing, street music, exhibitions and the arts are just some of the different parts that go into making the Fleadh the biggest celebration of Irish culture in the world.
We went along to a meeting about volunteering at the Fleadh last week. There were a few speakers and all were very interesting and it turned out to be a very interesting meeting. There were some inspiring words from Enda Brady representing Sligo Tidy Towns; he told us that we are the face of the Fleadh and to help make the visitors feel welcome and to invite them to come back again to our beautiful town.
Anne Gorby who is in charge of all the Fleadh volunteers told us what was expected of us and to not sign up for every single shift or we’d quickly get worn out. There was a representative from Comhaltas who told us all about the origin of the fleadh and how we don’t need to know anything about Irish music to volunteer….phew!!
Last to speak was a representative from Volunteer Ireland, (I have the memory of a goldfish so sadly I can’t remember his name but he was great!), who gave a brilliant talk and was very entertaining. He went through various scenarios with us and showed us a slide show, one of my images from last year was part of the presentation, I was thrilled to see it on the screen!
There was a real buzz about the meeting so I’m very much looking forward to giving my time for the Fleadh and keeping my fingers crossed that the sun shines and we have as good a time as we did last year. If you would like to volunteer for the Fleadh or see any other volunteering roles available you can go to the Sligo Volunteer Centre website.