The president of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann has said the “warmth and friendliness” of the people of Derry will help ensure the success of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
Vince Jordan made the comment ahead of the international festival of traditional music, which will be held in the city in August.
The Birmingham man joined members of the Derry branch of Comhaltas on a visit to the European Parliament recently to promote the Fleadh.
Mr Jordan said he is looking forward to visiting Derry in the summer. “Derry is a lovely city,” he said. “The river Foyle is a focal point with the Peace Bridge as one of its many features. The historical Walls of Derry is well kept and accessible. Some of Derry’s buildings demonstrate some of our greatest architectural heritage. However, the main attraction in Derry is its friendly, warm, hospitable and helpful people,” he added.
He also said he was impressed by the performances of the Derry musicians in Brussels.
“On our visit we witnessed the Derry branch of Comhaltas engaging an audience of over 400 MEPs and their staff, with a concert in the Parliament building. The Derry group gave a brilliant display that was greeted well by the audience.
“A gala concert the next day with the Chieftains was a massive success.
All this organisation by Martina Anderson MEP and staff created a great impression of Derry, Comhaltas and Ireland,” he said.
The Comhaltas president also said excitement is building ahead of the Fleadh.
“I have been to many places on Comhaltas business in the past 12 months and I see and hear people gearing themselves up to be ready for the Fleadh,” he said.