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All Ireland Fleadh Cavan 2011

August 30, 2011

The All Ireland Fleadh has come and gone for another year. I think everyone can agree it was a great week. Lots of music, sessions, craic and even the weather behaved itself for the most part!

Cathy Potter on the harp

On Monday night we had a great session in the house before we hit the town! We had accordion, harp, flute and my brother Lorcans newly acquired pipes to add to what is usually a fiddle only session. Nothing like a few tunes in the house to get you into the swing of things.

Later Monday night in Arthurs Bar, Cavan

Lorcan with his new uileann pipes

We had a great walk around the town on Tuesday and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the town.



The students were out in full force on the streets creating a magnificent atmosphere.

Dragon at the Fleadh

Cavan Town Centre         

Friday morning I popped into Cavan to see the John Murray show. They had some great musicians on the show such as Cherish the Ladies and much more musical talent from around the world.

The John Murray Show RTE Radio1

Friday night I had the launch of Findtradfolk. We had a great night in the Slieve Rossa pub on College St. There was a great turn out and great music was played.

Hilda and Sarah at launch of Findtradfolk

Anne at the launch of Findtradfolk in the Slieve Rossa pub, Cavan

Session in the Slieve Rossa

Anne meeting Sean Gallagher

Saturday I had the opportunity to meet Dragons Den entrepreneur, Sean Gallagher.

All in all it was a great week!

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All Ireland Fleadh 2011 – Would you couch surf?

August 3, 2011

All Ireland Fleadh 2011 is nearly upon us. Crowds of people from all over the world will congregate in Cavan town between 13th and 24thof August. It’s an incredible number of people (apparently 250,000 visitors last year), for such a small town but what an atmosphere!

Crowds at the All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan town on Saturday 2010

It’s hard to have the accommodation for everyone although they did a pretty good job last year. So what about those of us that are still looking for somewhere? Well, perhaps you could try couch surfing. has been on the go since 2004 and it is the most popular free accommodation website in the world.

If you sign up for couch surfing you have the choice to offer your couch to fellow travellers in return for receiving the same. It has over a million users in 230 countries. The best thing about is that it’s free. Members can provide information on the sleeping accommodation they offer, pictures and a bit about themselves.

The couch surfing mission is “to create inspiring experiences, cross-cultural encounters that are fun, engaging, and illuminating.” I’m sure a lot of people might see it as crazy, ridiculous or maybe dangerous but if you do any research on the topic you can find so many wonderful stories about different experiences travellers have had through couch surfing.

Great session in De Rossa Pub Cavan, Ireland

For the All Ireland Fleadh or any music festival it’s perfect.  Musicians and music lovers travel all over Ireland and the world for festivals and events. What better way to get good accommodation for free!  Couch surfing has yet to become as popular in Ireland as it is in other countries with only limited numbers of couch surfers registered in rural areas in Ireland. However, I have a feeling it will continue to grow in popularity as the Fleadh and Irish music festivals continue to captivate people all over the world.

Has anyone ever tried couch surfing or what type of accommodation do you usually go for at festivals?

For accommodation for the All Ireland Fleadh see