Support for campaign to bring All-Ireland to Derry

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The campaign to bring the All-Ireland fleadh to Derry has been launched in cyberspace and has already attracted hundreds of supporters.

Traditional music lovers in the city have long been campaigning to bring Ireland’s largest music festival to Derry and a bid is expected to be launched shortly to secure it to coincide with the City of Culture celebrations in 2013.

The fleadh attracts thousands of visitors each year to watch competitors take part in the various music competitions and to take part in informal sessions.

Calls for the fleadh cheoil na h’Éireann to be staged in Derry have received support from one of the most influential figures in musical circles, Labhrás Ó Murchú, director-general of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, said he would like to see it come to the city.

The fleadh has never been held north of the border in its history.

Now a Facebook campaign has been set up in support of the calls and has attracted several hundreds of followers, including a number of local politicians.

The ‘Bring the fleadh to Derry page’ has been signed by many local traditional musicians, some of whom have said they have been travelling to fleadheanna across Ireland and now want it staged in the city.

It is understood the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann are currently working on a bid to bring the major music festival to Derry in two years time. The bid will then have to be adopted by the Ulster branch of Comhaltas before being voted on by representatives of the group in each county.