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Fleadhbulous - Derry rocks to the reels 19.08.13

DERRY has staged the largest Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in its 62-year history with almost half a million people joining in the week-long celebrations.
From the official opening by President Michael D. Higgins to the spectacular closing ceremony at Ebrington Square last night, record-breaking crowds packed the city to enjoy an eclectic programme of events.
Some of the huge crowds that packed Shipquay Street over the finale weekend.
More than 430,000 people attended Fleadh workshops, concerts and the impromptu busking sessions while sampling the fare at the many foodstalls over the course of the week.
And Fleadh-goers enjoyed the festivities in a safe and friendly environment across the city with no major incidents reported, organisers confirmed.
Young musicians busking in Derry during the All-Ireland Fleadh.
Fleadh chairperson Eibhlin Ni Dhochartaigh said the Fleadh has been a phenomenal success.
“We were confident that Derry could deliver a good Fleadh but it is clear that we have delivered a great Fleadh. It has exceeded everyone’s expectations.
Set dancers from home and abroad enjoy the surroundings of the newly-refurbished Guildhall to the lively tunes of the Long Note Ceili Band.
Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly said: "The City has a renewed sense of civic pride and can boast hosting a safe and enjoyable event one which has been embraced with community and business support. I want to extend an open welcome to those who were first time visitors to Derry to return with family and friends and experience all of what this great city has to offer.”
Meanwhile, PSNI district commander Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin said Derry had demonstrated its ability to host major events.
"As a police service we are delighted to have played a part in that success," he said.
All-Ireland Fleadh revellers in Waterloo Street poke a little political fun during Sunday's finale of the cultural extravaganza in Derry.
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