Fleadh bid at final stage

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Mid Ulster SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone have welcomed news that Derry’s bid to host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has progressed to the final stage of the application process.

Senior members of the organisation’s Ard Chomhairle, including Chairperson Labhrás Ó Murchú, met to discuss Derry’s bid after their recent trip to meet with civic leaders. A successful Derry bid would make history by sending the festival North of the border for the first time. The local Comhaltas branch must now formally obtain the support of the County Derry board and Ulster Council to propel the bid toward a formal decision in January.

The Deputy First Minister said: “The feedback I’ve heard from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is that Derry has all the key ingredients they need to host an amazing Fleadh in 2013. If successful this bid would make history by bringing the event North of the border for the first time, giving our young people the opportunity of a lifetime to experience this rich cultural event. Comhaltas Dhoire must now secure the formal approval of the County Derry board and Ulster Council of Comhaltas to progress to the next stage of the application. I look forward to celebrating a positive result in January.” Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the largest Irish traditional music festival in the world, attracting a quarter of a million visitors and over 10,000 traditional music performers each year.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will make the final decision on the location of the 2013 Fleadh early in the New Year. A special facebook page has been set up to allow members of the public to show their support for Derry’s bid. Visit www.facebook.com/bringthefleadhtoderry to find out more.