Rise In Inflation Affecting Costs For Fleadh In Mullingar

The organisers have been welcoming a €100,000 cash injection from the government.

The rise in inflation since the start of the pandemic has necessitated an increase in funding for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Mullingar this year.

That's according to the Vice Chair of the Organising Committee, Willie Penrose, who says expenses such as for infrastructure and accommodation have increased up to 25% in the last two years. 

The national traditional music event was first scheduled to 'return home' to Mullingar in 2020 and then 2021 - both postponed due to Covid-19.

The festival's organising body Comhaltas was founded in the town in 1951.

It comes as €100,000 euro in funding was announced by Arts Minister Catherine Martin yesterday to support the event. 

Penrose, a former Longford-Westmeath TD, says it's a vital injection of cash at the right time:

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