Derry will find out at the end of January if it is to host the All Ireland Fleadh in 2013.
The decision is usually made in September but the director general of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Labhrás Ó Murchú, said the decision date has been brought forward this year to allow Derry to prepare if it is successful.
The move follows a Comhaltas Ard Comhairle meeting at the weekend where a report was given about a recent visit to Derry by a delegation from the group.
Mr Ó Murchu said; “It was an extremely comprehensive and positive report about meetings with the local business community, the City of Culture team, and others.
“Normally the fleadh decision is made in September but we have brought it forward to January 28th. Applications must be in by January 25th.”
Outlining the process, the senator said; “The branch applies through the county board and then it is processed by the provincial council. They are the nominating body. There are 31 possible votes and the winner has to get at least 16 votes to be successful.”
If the fleadh is awarded to Derry it will be the first it will come north of the border.