‘Our busiest-ever week’, say Vintners

Too young to drink but not too young to play!. . . This group of teenage musicians were captured playing outside one of the bars on Strand Road on Sunday afternoon. DER3413JM018
Too young to drink but not too young to play!. . . This group of teenage musicians were captured playing outside one of the bars on Strand Road on Sunday afternoon. DER3413JM018

The Fleadh proved to be the busiest ever week for city centre publicans, the Derry Vintner’s Association has confirmed.

“I would say it’s the busiest week for city centre pubs,” said head of the Association, Gerry McCloskey. “I’ve averaged three hours sleep every night for the last eight days, we’ve been so busy. For some others on the edge of town it was less busy but where it was good, it was very good. We thought the predicted visitor numbers were exaggerated but the actual number far exceeded all expectations. With our central open spaces, Derry lends itself to the Fleadh and we easily coped with the influx. Thanks to the inter-agency cooperation we proved we can really pull off anything now. Our Association thank the Fleadh committee, Derry Council and the PSNI for all their hard work. Personally I wish to thank Patrick Simpson of the Bowling Alley as I roped in his staff to help me in The Monaco!”