Derry braced for fantastic Fleadh finale

FLEADH-TASTIC... Shipquay Street crammed with people enjoying the Fleadh celebrations on Wednesday night.
FLEADH-TASTIC... Shipquay Street crammed with people enjoying the Fleadh celebrations on Wednesday night.

Some disruption to normal travel movement across Derry is expected this weekend as Fleadh Cheoil 2013 really gets into full swing.

In order to accommodate the crowds and the safe passage of Fleadh goers, traffic will be restricted on a number of city centre streets

These restrictions, which will be in place until Sunday, include Shipquay Street, William Street and Strand Road. Permitted access will be provided to business and local residents in these locations.

Meanwhile, the outdoor stages at Victoria Market, Ebrington and Gasyard are open free to the public from 2pm to 9pm daily, featuring Comhaltas branches from throughout the world alongside leading acts in the traditional genre.

Ample car parking will be available at the Foyleside Car Park and Quayside Car Park which will remain open until 12 midnight and 1am respectively on Sunday.

‘Park and Ride’ facilities will be available at Drumahoe and Immaculate Conception College while ‘Park and Stride’ facilities will be available at Fort George on Strand Road and a temporary site on the Limavady Road.

Disabled Access Car Parking Spaces are available throughout the city and are clearly marked.

Shuttle Buses will be available between all venues; for details visit www.translink.co.uk/fleadh

For further detailed information on travel and traffic over the weekend, contact Fleadh Cheoil 2013 on Tel: (028) 71373573 or view www.fleadhcheoil.ie/travel

Meanwhile, the city’s biggest shopping centre is, for the first time ever, to open early on Sunday as part of the Fleadh celebrations. Foyleside Shopping Centre will open its doors at 10 a.m.

Fergal Rafferty, Foyleside Centre Manager, said: “This is the first time we’ve operated these extended hours and we could possibly be the first and only shopping centre in Northern Ireland to do so.”