Can Derry do it? Yes, we certainly can!

It is, indeed, safe to say that Derry has never seen a week like it.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 has been a resounding success - so much so that we deserve to host it again in 2016 - perhaps, even, in 2017 and 2018!

Not only was the week-long spectacular the biggest ever in Fleadh history - with almost half a million people joining in the celebrations - but it must also be the largest event ever hosted in Derry.

From the official opening by President Michael D. Higgins last weekend to the spectacular closing ceremony at Ebrington Square on Sunday night, record-breaking crowds packed into the city to enjoy what was an action-packed programme of events.

Thankfully, Fleadh-goers enjoyed the festivities in a safe and friendly environment across the city with no major incidents reported.

This success is down to the successful partnership between Fleadh organisers, statutory agencies, and thousands of volunteers.

To be honest, the Fleadh exceeded everyone’s expectations and, as such, Derry and its people should feel proud that it succeeded in delivering an event that surpasses anything else it has hosted to date.

Once again, Derry has demonstrated its ability to host major events and engage with huge numbers of people.

Crucially, the event also embraced all communities in the city who took part in the celebrations - truly making it a Fleadh for everyone.

The Fleadh has also provided a welcome boost to business in the city which, of course, has struggled in recent years.

So, Derry, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back for yet another remarkable success story.