City is ready for Fleadh party!

Free Derry Corner has been repainted to welcome the Fleadh. (0208MM21)

Free Derry Corner has been repainted to welcome the Fleadh. (0208MM21)

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Derry is all set for the biggest festival in its history ahead of the launch of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann this Sunday.

300,000 visitors are expected for the week-long celebration of traditional Irish music and culture which will be held across the city.

The Fleadh is expected to generate an estimated 40 million euro for the local economy, providing a much-needed boost to local publicans, hoteliers and retailers.

It is the first time the Fleadh will be staged in the North.

The week-long event will be officially opened by President Michael D. Higgins on Sunday afternoon following an open-air pageant in Guildhall Square.

People will start arriving in big numbers from Thursday.

The city centre will be transformed into an outdoor concert venue with top talent on three stages located at Victoria Market, Ebrington Square and the Gasyard.

As well as the official competitions, there will be pub and street sessions galore!