President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina pictured with Tori Cuddy, Niamh McLoughlin, Ava Leonard and Nina Farrell all from the Robinson School of Irish Dancing in Drogheda. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Thousands of people have descended on Drogheda to celebrate the opening day of the Fleadh Cheoil.
President Michael D Higgins officially launched the week-long traditional Irish music and culture festival this afternoon.
400,000 people are expected to visit the Louth town for the festival which will be worth €40m to the local economy.
Here are some highlights from the opening day: