Republican extremists have branded the Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 Fleadh a “major blow to Irish culture.”
Vice President of Republican Sinn Féin Fergal Moore said the decision to hold Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Londonderry was a blow to both Irish culture and the arts as it coincides with the city’s hosting of the UK City of Culture.
Back in January fears dissident republicans could disrupt the Fleadh if it were held in Londonderry in 2013 almost scuppered the city bid entirely but a successfull appeal saw members of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann rule in Londonderry’s favour.
Now dissident ideologue Mr Moore has said in the Londonderry Sentinel: “The Fleadh will be overshadowed by the ‘UK City of Culture’ events and runs the risk of becoming a sideshow in the celebration of Derry being a ‘British’ city.
"Irish music will now be portrayed as a genre of British culture instead of being a unique part of the distinct Irish culture.
"Derry is an Irish city and it should not be celebrating British culture neither should Irish culture be subverted in this manner to enhance British culture.”