Campaign to bring Fleadh back to Derry

Gear�id O'hE�ra (far left) and Martina Anderson MEP (far right) pictured with other Sinn F�in MEPs and members of Comhaltas Ceoltoir� �ireann at the awards ceremony in Cashel at the weekend.
Gear�id O'hE�ra (far left) and Martina Anderson MEP (far right) pictured with other Sinn F�in MEPs and members of Comhaltas Ceoltoir� �ireann at the awards ceremony in Cashel at the weekend.

Sinn Féin’s Gearóid Ó hEára says the campaign to bring Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann back to Derry is well underway.

He was speaking after attending the presentation of the European Citizen’s Award to Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, on Saturday.

“Comhaltas was a well-deserved winner of this award for its promotion of reconciliation tolerance and respect for other cultures,” said Mr. Ó hEára.

“This was particularly evident in Derry during ‎Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2013 when loyalist bands got involved in the celebrations.

“At the awards ceremony, we lobbied the Comhaltas leadership on bringing the Fleadh back to Derry in the next few years.

“There’s no doubt 2013 was the best Fleadh ever so we are extremely positive about bringing the Fleadh back to Derry and we will be looking to host it for more than one year.

“I, together with Martina Anderson and other representatives from the city, will continue to campaign to ensure the Fleadh comes back to Derry as soon as possible.”