Talks start to bring fleadh back to Derry

Traditional musicians entertain crowds beside Derry's Walls on Saturday at the Fleadh. (DER3313PG066)

Traditional musicians entertain crowds beside Derry's Walls on Saturday at the Fleadh. (DER3313PG066)

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Plans to bring the world’s biggest celebration of Irish culture back to Derry have already begun in earnest.

Even before the curtain fell on Fleadh Cheoil 2013 on Sunday night, talks to secure the event for the city in 2016 had begun.

It’s understood that 2016 would be the earliest before the fleadh could return to Derry, as it moves to Sligo next year and possibly 2015 as well.

Fleadh chairperson Eibhlin Ni Dhochartaigh said the Fleadh had been an unbelievable experience for the city and had written a “new chapter” in the musical history of Derry.

“The Fleadh may be leaving Derry but is leaving behind a renewed appreciation of our music and culture,” she said. “We have always known that Derry is a city of song but now the whole world knows it, too.”

This was a sentiment echoed by City of Culture chief executive Shona McCarthy: “This has been another great success for the city during our year as City of Culture.

“The Fleadh has embraced and celebrated the musical and creative talents of all ages over the last eight days, bringing this incredible event to every corner of the city.”