Bid to host Irish music festival in Derry on course
Londonderry's attempt to host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2013 looks on course after a special meeting of the event organisers.
Senior members from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, including ard-chomhairle chair Labhrás Ó Murchú, met to discuss Derry's bid after their recent trip to the city.
A decision in Derry’s favour would make history by sending the festival north of the border for the first time.
The local Comhaltas branch must now formally obtain the support of the County Derry board and Ulster Council to propel the bid toward a formal decision in January.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the largest Irish traditional music festival in the world, attracting 250,000 visitors and over 10,000 traditional music performers each year.
The event has never been hosted in Northern Ireland in its 60-year history.
Comhaltas Dhoire chairwoman Eibhlín Ní Dhochartaigh said Derry was in the best possible position to host the event.
She said: “We continue to be impressed by the support we have been given by Comhaltas members from across the country.
“The goodwill towards Derry really cannot be overstated. The indications so far have been extremely positive.
“Derry has the facilities, the location, the people and the musical talent to make Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 the best event Ireland has ever seen.”
A special facebook page has been set up to allow members of the public to show their support for Derry's bid, www.facebook.com/bringthefleadhtoderry.