BRING BACK FLEADH IN 2016

Fiddle player John Hale performing at the opening of Scoil Eigse 2013 at North West Regional College on Monday. (DER3313PG020)

Fiddle player John Hale performing at the opening of Scoil Eigse 2013 at North West Regional College on Monday. (DER3313PG020)

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The All-Ireland Fleadh in Derry is gearing up to be the biggest-ever.

With the city preparing for massive celebrations over the weekend, plans are already being made to bring the event back to Derry in 2016.

The city’s population will more than treble in size over the next few days with an amazing 300,000+ visitors expected to descend on the town over the course of the Fleadh.

It’s the biggest celebration of Irish culture anywhere in the world. It will reach its high point over the weekend with music in the competition venues, on the streets and on stage throughout the city.

Sessions will spring up anywhere and everywhere - in pubs, restaurants and on streets across the city centre.

Fleadh co-ordinator Gearoid O hEara said: “This could well be the biggest Fleadh ever. We are going to bid to host the Fleadh again in 2016 and, if successful, we hope to get it for two or three years.”