Doubt cast over All-Ireland fleadh coming to Derry

Thu, 05/01/2012 - 13:05 -- Editor

Doubts have been cast on the All-Ireland Fleadh coming to Derry in 2013.

It has been reported that Sinn Fein said there was a 'real danger' the fleadh would not come to the city after a members of the Irish music organisation Comhaltas failed to agree on the issue.

Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson said some county Derry members opposed the hosting of the event because of the the UK City of Culture title, but that city members wished to host the event, which attracts a quarter of a million people, in Derry. However, the bid cannot proceed without the local delegates' full approval.

If the All-Ireland Fleadh Derry bid is successful, it will be the first time the event has been in Northern Ireland.