Derry’s hosting of the All Ireland Fleadh is an opportunity to showcase the city and its people to a worldwide audience, says Derry’s Mayor.
Praising the partnership role of key statutory agencies in the city, the Mayor Martin Reilly said he was confident the event would be a great success.
The Mayor said the all-island traditional music festival was a significant event for Derry that would see upwards of 300,000 people celebrating Irish traditional music and culture in the city.
He urged the public to enjoy the festivities safely highlighting the fact that a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes for the past 18 months to ensure the event runs smoothly and is a positive experience for everyone.
“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Fleadh Cheoil organisers who have been working in close partnership with Derry City Council, the PSNI, the City Centre Initiative and key stakeholders to ensure everything is in place for a successful event.
“The Fleadh Cheoil is an amazing event with some of the world’s most highly acclaimed Irish traditional musicians coming to our city for this unique celebration. It promises to be one of the highlights of the City of Culture year and a unique opportunity for us to show visitors how far we have progressed and what we have to offer in terms of tourism attractions and benefits.
“We are hopeful that this event will attract repeat business and put the city on the map as a great city destination. From an economic point of view, the Fleadh will also bring huge benefits to local businesses, accommodation providers and retailers.”
The Mayor explained that in the months running up to Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann 2013, officers from Derry City Council have provided support and advice to the event organisers and to local and visiting traders to ensure that the event runs smoothly and that the public will be safe.
Derry City Council’s Cleansing Department has been proactively working with traders to facilitate bin collection services and will have additional staff working on the ground to clean the streets throughout the week.