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In pictures: Craic agus ceol at Cavan's Fleadh

The 10-day festival is still going strong but there have been some memorable moments already. We have the pictures.

TENS OF THOUSANDS of people have descended on Cavan for the annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

The ‘craic’, ‘caint’ and ‘ceol’ have been flowing since last Saturday but there is plenty more planned for the remainder of the event, which claims to be the biggest Irish music festival in the world.

On Sunday, Le Cheile Band takes to the stage in the Imperial Gonzo Theatre with a number of traditional musicians. Impromptu sessions will also take place across the town’s pubs and streets over the weekend.

This year, organisers say their use of social media has brought the Fleadh to thousands more fans outside of Ireland.

The tradfest has gone digital and its live traditional Irish music webcast was streamed to more than 13,000 computers across 37 different countries.

According to the event’s media team, online viewers in South Korea, Kenya and Argentina posted comments and made requests. Guest lilter Séamus Fay even received two marriage proposals during the streaming.

There is also an iPhone app for visitors to stay up-to-date on news and events.

For more information, check out www.fleadh2011cavan.ie.The festival runs until 22 August.

Although the music has been enjoyed all over the world, those in Cavan have been treated to massive celebrations since the festival launched on Saturday. Here’s a snapshot of what has been happening:

In pictures: Craic agus ceol at Cavan's Fleadh
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    Cavan native and TV Chef Neven Maguire helps kick off the fleadh with Martin Donohue.
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    This young girl is happy with Sharon Shannon's performance last night, giving her two big thumbs-up.
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    Sharon Shannon and Martin Donohoe celebrate after another successful gig at the Fleadh.
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    Micheal Mullen, pictured here with Sharon Shannon, missed last year's Fleadh as he was awaiting a life-saving transplant. He took to the stage before Shannon's performance to tell the crowd he was "healthy and happy". He also said this year's Fleadh was the "best ever".
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    Kavan Donohoe and Sharon Shannon after last night's gig.
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    Two young musicians take part in the Scoil Eigsce open air concert.
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    Harpists play in sync during the Scoil Eigsce open air concert at Cavan's Cathedral.
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    Two-and-a-half year-old Eoghan Gunn from Cavan attempts to play the tin whistle.
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    A trad session on Wednesday featuring Wee Ulster Tunes & Songs
  • Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2011

    A trad session on Wednesday featuring Wee Ulster Tunes & Songs
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    A trad session on Wednesday featuring Wee Ulster Tunes & Songs
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    'Foxes' dance on the streets of Cavan as Derrylin musicians play. From right to left are Rachel McBrien, Orla Connolly, Darragh McBrien, Aoife Boyle, Aine McBrien, Grace Connolly, Lauren McBrien and Emma Lacey.
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    Crowds line the street of Cavan for the Fleadh pageant.
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    Children look at during the Fleadh parade today.
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    A bodhrán player in Cavan during the Fleadh, which claims to be the world's largest Irish music festival.
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    A musical character during the parade.
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    Bagpipers during the parade.
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    Naoise amd Galvin Corby Smith enjoy the atmosphere during the official Fleadh parade.
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    Hundreds of teenagers turned up for the 'Trad Disco' last night.

All images courtesy of Sheila Rooney at SMR Photography

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