This year I’ve been a volunteer at the Fleadh Cheoil, it’s the second year that we’ve had the Fleadh in Sligo and I was so impressed by all the volunteers last year that I decided to join them. I’ve been a street ambassador which involves greeting people and helping them. Mostly it’s been giving directions, telling them where various shops are or where the nearest place to hear music is. It’s been wonderful to do this as I’m so proud of our beautiful part of the world and it’s great to be able to share local knowledge with all the visitors.
I knew I’d like being an ambassador but as I love meeting new people but what really surprised me is how much I’ve got out of it. There are volunteers of all ages and all walks of life taking part. We are part of a team and everyone in a purple shirt has a word of encouragement or a cheery hello for the others. The team leaders are on hand first thing in the morning when I’ve signed in with a warm welcome and a friendly smile. It’s also a wonderful way to be part of a magnificent event and to see all the community pulling together.
If you want to play your part in the Fleadh there is still time as Sligo is getting ready for the busiest weekend of the year. Even if you can only spare a couple of hours between 12 noon and midnight on Saturday or Sunday call or text this number: 086 0231252 or call into the Fleadh volunteer centre which is in the Presbyterian Hall.