Mullingar has been named as the host town for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August, 2022.
The Fleadh is the biggest event on the Irish music and cultural calendar and attracts hundreds of thousands of people each August, with up to a quarter of visitors coming from overseas.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann says 2022 year will see the return of the Fleadh as it was prior to the pandemic.
Mullingar had been chosen to host the 2020 and 2021 events but both were cancelled due to Covid-19.
Announcing the host town on RTÉ's This Week radio program, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann said it was a unanimous decision to award the 2022 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Mullingar.
"Mullingar is very special because it’s where Comhaltas was founded. A lot of the groundwork is done. The Fleadh committee in Mullingar has created a bond with Westmeath County Council. They’re planning to deliver something very special for culture and tourism. This is a very important financial injection for the region of over €50 million," he said.
Labhrás Ó Murchú said that Comhaltas will also host Fleadh Fest in the first week of August this year to fill the vacuum created by the loss of the 2021 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
He said county and provincial competition elements will be virtual but hopes the national Fleadh Fest in Sligo can incorporate live events. It will involve participants from 18 countries where Comhaltas operates.
"They already have a plan A and a plan B. A lot of it will be virtual but some of it will be live as well. We have negotiated major television coverage. There will be a lot of the elements of the Fleadh as we understood it in the past," Labhrás Ó Murchú told This Week.