Renowned music duo, Foster and Allen, have released a new single to celebrate the return of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Mullingar.
The fleadh, which commenced on Sunday afternoon, is the world’s largest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance, and is expected to attract approximately 500,000 visitors to Mullingar and the Midlands region, during its eight day celebration.
The first national festival of Irish traditional music was held in Mullingar in 1951, with the 2022 hosting of the event named ‘The Homecoming’ because of the Comhaltas history in the town.
The fleadh has special memories for Mick Foster in particular, as in 1963 he won his first Leinster Junior Piano Accordion Championship in Portarlington, and he won a Junior All-Ireland Championship in 1964 in Clones.
Mick also won the Senior All-Ireland Piano Accordion Championship in Clones in 1968 and again in 1970 in Listowel.
Mick’s wife Moyra and his cousin Bridget Walshe, who sadly passed away last year, wrote the new Foster and Allen single, ‘The Mullingar Fleadh’.