Fleadh Cheoil na h-Éireann (Cavan)
The third year of Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann being hosted by Cavan town took place during the summer of 2012. The Fleadh is a week long festival of traditional music competitions, sessions, concerts, exhibitions, fun-days, and a parade.
Cavan County Council introduced An Fleadh Ghlas – the Green Fleadh, when the festival first came to the town.
For the first and second years, the Green Fleadh Committee asked the food and drinks businesses in the town to separate their waste into three main streams – recycling, food waste and landfill and the committee provided bin signage for the staff where procedures had to change. The 60 no. business managers signed up to our ‘green charter’ and were given framed copies and membership stickers for their premises. We gave cost-saving advice on water use conservation (urinal sensors, sensor taps, fixing leaking taps, using roof water, etc.) and Energy Use (socket timers, tips on cooling and heating, lighting).
Public awareness (local and national newspapers, websites, social media and street banners) was an important element of ‘greening’ the festival. We also made the Fleadhs ‘carbon neutral’ whereby we offset the footprint by planting trees (‘Carbon Decisions’ calculated the footprint).
The third year we had our own Green Stage in the Green Zone – featuring several musical and dancing groups, music mayhem and performers. We offered information to the public about the Council environmental services and waste prevention. We also had a ‘Green Treasure Hunt’ at the Family Day, which was very popular. We made a film of the Green Fleadh, which will be available to view in January 2013.
For more information on greening this event contact:
Sinead Fox, Cavan County Council
Tel: 087 980 8507
Martin Maguire, Cavan County Council
Tel: 087 252 1106