10,000 visitors expected in 2014 for Pan Celtic Festival

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In another huge boost to Derry’s economy, the city is set to play host to the Pan Celtic Festival in 2014 and 2015.

The announcement was made by the team responsible for bringing the Fleadh to the city during a special ‘Thank you’ event held for Fleadh volunteers on Friday night at The Venue.

The Pan Celtic Festival is a celebration of Celtic culture and music and attracts around 10,000 visitors to the host city. It will be the first time the international festival has been held north of the border when it comes to Derry next year.

Gearóid Ó hEára, chairperson of the International Pan Celtic Festival Doire 2014/15 said:

“We have shown that Derry is a centre of excellence for music, culture and that this city is made to host events of this nature. The announcement that we will now host the Pan Celtic Festival north of the border for the first time is a tangible legacy of the Fleadh. This Festival brings together people from these islands and Brittany in a quite unique celebration of Celtic culture. It is an honour for Derry to host this event and we are sure that the people of Derry will extend a fáilte mhór to all our visitors. We are also confident that local people will embrace and participate fully in the Féile.

“Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin wants to thank the County Board of the GAA, Derry City Council, and the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau for their support for Derry’s bid to host the Festival,” he added.

Derry’s Mayor Martin Reilly also welcomed the announcement. He said: “This is a wonderful addition to the programme of events for the city next year and I have no doubt that once again the people of Derry will come out and make it a bigger and better event than it’s ever been before, just as they did with this year’s Fleadh.”