The volunteers who helped to make Derry’s Fleadh a success will be honoured at a special event in The Venue next month.
More than one thousand volunteers gave up their time during the Fleadh to help ensure the event, which attracted record-breaking crowds of 430,000 people, ran smoothly.
Volunteers carried out a range of duties including helping at competition venues, collecting performers from airports and ports, assisting at campsites, stewarding in the city centre, dealing with enquiries and many other activities.
Eibhlín Ní Dhochartaigh, chairperson of the Fleadh Executive Committee which organised the event, thanked the people of Derry for their support in the run-up to and during the Fleadh.
She also said the success of the Fleadh could not have been possible without the service given by the many volunteers of all ages.
“This year’s Fleadh has set an All-Ireland standard by being the biggest and best Fleadh ever and has also earned Derry the right to bring the Fleadh back in the near future. The people of the city were magnificent in how they received our visitors from all over the world and showed the generosity and good nature for which we are renowned.
“It is important that we, the people of this city, congratulate ourselves on a job well done and then begin the discussion on how we build on the wonderful achievements that have occurred during the Fleadh,” she said.
The event to say thanks to the volunteers who helped out during the Fleadh will be held in The Venue, Ebrington Square, on Friday September 20th at 8pm. Details of the event will be announced within the next week.
The organisers of the Fleadh have also taken out full page notices in newspapers thanking everyone who contributed to the success of the Fleadh. It includes a list of more than 100 organisations and individuals who “played a special role” in the Fleadh.
The list includes: volunteers, the hospitality industry, local schools, churches, the police, community groups, the business community, government departments on both sides of the border, sporting clubs, and Derry City Council, among others.