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Search begins to find volunteers for All Ireland Fleadh

Hundreds of volunteers will be needed to help run the All Ireland Fleadh when it is held in Northern Ireland for the first time in its 60-year history next year.

Organisers are calling on people interested in volunteering to attend an open evening next week at the Culturlan in Derry to find out more.

The Fleadh, which runs from August 12-18 when an estimated 300,000 people will arrive in the city, will require more than 1,500 volunteers to look after visitors and anyone over the age of 16 who is interested should register their names at next week's meeting.

Volunteer co-ordinator Joyce Logue said it was a great opportunity to take part in the historic occasion.

“Fleadh Cheoil 2013 will require a small army of volunteers to help out with stewarding events, helping with competitions, looking after the Fleadh Office etc,” she said.

“This is the biggest opportunity Derry has ever had to showcase what’s great about our city to the world and we need local people to put their shoulder to the wheel and help us.

“We would encourage anyone who can give their time to register their interest and we can begin training soon.”

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Ann-Marie Gallagher from the Derry Comhaltas which is hosting the event, said the search for volunteers is a huge one which is why it needs to begin now.

“People might think this is a bit premature to make a call for volunteers now but we need so many it will take a lot of time to recruit the 1,500 we reckon we will need,” she said.

“There were legions of volunteers behind the Olympics and they were central to making that such a success and that is exactly what we want for Derry. No offer of help will be refused but we do need people to be at least 16 years of age but there is no upper age limit.

“A number of volunteers follow the Fleadh which is great, but we need people with local knowledge and passion about the city so that visitors get to see all that is great about Derry.”

The open evening for anyone interested in volunteering takes place at Culturlan in Great James' Street on Tuesday, December 18 at 6.30pm. To register visit www.2013fleadh.ie or call 028 7126 4132.

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