Biggest ever Fleadh a phenomenal success

People enjoy the traditional music on Shipquay Street yesterday afternoon as Derry welcomses thousands of visitors for the Fleadh. (DER3313PG062)

People enjoy the traditional music on Shipquay Street yesterday afternoon as Derry welcomses thousands of visitors for the Fleadh. (DER3313PG062)

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Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2013 in Derry has been the largest in history with almost half a million people joining in the celerations.

From the official opening by President Michael D. Higgins to the spectacular closing ceremony at Ebrington Square, record-breaking crowds have crammed into the city to enjoy an action-packed programme of events.

In all, more than 430,000 people attended Fleadh events over the course of the week, making it the largest in Fleadh history.

Fleadh chairperson Eibhlin Ni Dhochartaigh said the event had been a phenomenal success.

“We were confident that Derry could deliver a good Fleadh but it is clear that we have delivered a great Fleadh. It has exceeded everyone’s expectations,” she said.

Mayor of Derry Martin Reilly added: “To say that I am proud of how the city has been showcased is an understatement... the city has a renewed sense of civic pride.”

PSNI District Commander Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin said Derry had, once again, demonstrated its ability to host major events.

“As a Police Service, we are delighted to have played a part in that success,” he said.

Ch. Supt. Martin confirmed that, across the Fleadh week, there had been a total of 51 arrests - the majority of them for incidents of disorderly behaviour.

He added: “I am confident that the vast majority of people have left with positive memories of the service we provided and the welcome they received.”