DERRY FLEADH BIGGEST EVER

FIRE QUEEN. . . .One of the Fidget Feet with Fire Birds artistes performing in Ebrington on Sunday night. DER3413JM040
FIRE QUEEN. . . .One of the Fidget Feet with Fire Birds artistes performing in Ebrington on Sunday night. DER3413JM040

The All-Ireland Fleadh in Derry has been hailed as the “best and biggest ever” with almost half a million people pouring into the city for the week-long spectacular.

Plans to bring the event back to Derry have already been given a welcome boost by Labhrás Ó Múrchu, Director General of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, who says it is likely to return.

“We are dealing with one of the best Fleadheanna in its 62-year history,” he said. “With 430,000 happy campers, if we don’t do the right thing in the future, we should consider resigning!”

Fleadh chairperson Eibhlin Ni Dhochartaigh said the Fleadh - which proved a cash cow for many retailers - had been a resounding success. “Derry has done itself proud. I am so proud of the people of the city and the way they embraced the Fleadh,” she said.

Mayor Martin Reilly added: “To say I am proud of how the city has been showcased is an understatement.”