Sorry for the lack of posts this week but I’ve been out enjoying Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann!
For those of you that don’t know, Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann is a traditional Irish music festival that celebrates the best in Irish music, dance and literature.
Derry was the first Northern city to host the Fleadh and with an estimated 430,000 people flocking to the city throughout the week, it is no surprise that organisers say it is likely to return to the Walled City.
Speaking to the BBC, Director General of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Labhrás Ó Múrchu said: “We are dealing with one of the best fleadh’s in its 62 year history. This was the biggest fleadh ever. It was the biggest by fifty percent.”
Derry has been famous for its troubled past but during this last week, it was like nothing had ever happened.
There was a brilliant atmosphere throughout the city all week and everyone, no matter what part of Derry/Londonderry they were from, was in great spirits and enjoying the music.
It wouldn’t be Derry without a few showers but even so, both Waterloo and Shipquay Street were overflowing with people, never mind the bars. Irish pubs along Waterloo Street like The Gweedore, Peadar O’Donnell’s, The Dungloe and the Bound for Boston must’ve made a small fortune during the week.
The Fleadh did a great thing for the city in bringing everyone together and allowed people to forget their worries for a week and just get lost in the music. I think many would agree that Derry should be like that more often.
So after this week, not that I wasn’t before, but I’m even more proud to be from Derry. Fingers crossed for Fleadh Cheoil’s return in 2016 😀