Derry to host Pan Celtic Festival

The international Pan Celtic Festival, which attracts in the region of 10,000 visitors, will be held in Derry in 2014 and 2015.

The announcement was made by team behind this year’s historic Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Derry at a special Buíochas event held to thank Fleadh volunteers last night.

The festival will take place in the North of Ireland for the first time when Derry hosts it during Easter week 2014 and 2015. Visitors travel from all over Ireland as well as the Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. Thousands of people will participate in and attend a range of activities and events including the Festival Parade, harp, fiddle, piping, choral and traditional singing competitions. There will also be themed nights from each of the nations as well as a Camogie Blitz.

Gearóid Ó hEára, Chairperson of the International Pan Celtic Festival Doire 2014/15 said:

“We have shown that Derry is a centre of excellence for music, culture and that this city is made to host events of this nature.”

For further coverage and reaction including full photo coverage of Friday’s Buiochas event, see the Sunday Journal.