Newry should be considered to host All-Ireland Fleadh

September 9, 2009

The time is right for Newry City to make a bid to host the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, according to Sinn Fein Councillor, Colman Burns.

Mr Burns made the comments as he extended his congratulations to everyone from the district who competed in this year’s Fleadh, held in Tullamore Co. Offaly recently.

“I have been attending the All-Ireland Fleadh since 1987 but this year, I think, was very special in that there was a noticeable rise in the number of people from our district, both junior and senior, who were competing for All-Ireland honours.

“I would like to congratulate those who were successful and indeed those who just missed out on honours.  We must remember that all competitors are already champions having won through from their provinces. Competition is always very stiff at this level but everyone from this area did us very proud and were great ambassadors for Newry and Mourne,” Mr Burns said.

“Over the last number of years places such as, Kilkenny, Sligo, Listowel, Ballina, Enniscorthy, Clonmel, Letterkenny and Tullamore have all been successful in getting the opportunity to host the Fleadh.  Newry is a young vibrant city well known for its warm welcome and hospitality. Our district is steeped in a strong tradition of storytelling, music, and song and dance. We have all the ingredients to run a very successful Fleadh and reap the huge economic benefits that come about when 250,000 people descend on a district for a weekend,” he added.

“Cavan town will host next year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and I wish them all the very best,” the Slieve Gullion councillor continued.  “I know that they will leave no stone unturned to ensure that everything goes according to plan and everyone will once again enjoy the music song and dance while Cavan will be grateful for the positive economic benefits.”

Echoing his colleague’s comments, Councillor Anthony Flynn also paid particular tribute to the Jonesboro band, having been crowned all-Ireland champions at this year’s Fleadh.

“I want to commend all those involved with Jonesboro’s success at the Fleadh,” Mr Flynn said.  “They have brought great pride to our community and should congratulated on their success.”