The Fleadh Cheoil in Derry was the biggest ever, with 430,000 people attending over the course of the week. Happily for Donegal, lots of the visitors made their way to our county during the course of their stay, giving a welcome boost to our tourism industry.
Joan Crawford of Failte Ireland North West told the Democrat that tourism in north Donegal “benefited hugely” in two ways from the massive event.
“Derry didn’t have enough accommodation to cater for such crowds and, as anticipated, many people booked into hotels, hostels, B&Bs and self-catering in Inishowen and around Letterkenny. Lots of people who were up for the Fleadh also took excursions into Donegal, driving up visitor numbers at attractions across the north of the county as well.”
Generally speaking, Joan continued, Donegal tourism has been given a big boost this year as a result of Derry being UK City of Culture. “We’ve benefited from most of the larger events in Derry this year and we are confident that will continue over the coming months, with prestigious events such as Lumiere in November and the Turner Prize in December”. As always, a number of very talented competitors from Donegal took part in the Fleadh and acquitted themselves extremely well.
Mullaghdubh Fife and Drum Band won their 8th All-Ireland title, while Donegal Town Community Band won their
second consecutive All-Ireland
Congratulations and well done to all who took part.
See this Thursday’s Donegal Democrat for photos of the winners as well as reports by Michelle Nic Phaidin, who competed, and our man in Derry, Declan Magee.