Mayor backs Fleadh campaign

Derry’s Mayor, Colr Colum Eastwood, has given his full backing to Derry’s bid to secure the All Ireland Fleadh during 2012.

The Mayor said Derry was the ideal location for hosting the international Irish music and dance festival with its reputation for music, arts and culture.

He said: “Securing the All Ireland Fleadh would be a major boost to the city and North West region as a whole with the tourism, arts and cultural sectors and the local economy all benefiting. Derry City Council is working closely with stakeholders from across the city to make the case for the city to host the event.

“We feel it’s important that the city builds on its reputation as UK City of Culture 2013 by hosting large scale events and festivals such as the Clipper Yacht Race and hopefully, the All Ireland Fleadh. We are confident that our rich heritage and love of music and dance will help us secure this important event for the city and North West region,” he added.

A spokesperson from Culturlann Uí Chanáin in Derry, one of the venues proposed to host Fleadh events, added: “Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the biggest celebration of Irish music and culture on the island, attracting over a quarter of a million visitors.

“It would be an enormous boost for Derry and would certainly be the biggest event this city has ever seen. The legacy for traditional music and Irish culture would be phenomenal as would the economic benefits to the entire region, estimated to be around £30 million for local businesses.”

North West supporters of the campaign are being urged to show their support on the official ‘Bring the Fleadh to Derry’ Facebook page, where supporters can leave a message of support.