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Fleadh goes North for first time

THE organisers of the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil have been commended for their "leap of faith" in deciding to hold next year's event in Derry -- the first time it will take place in the North.

Hopes of holding the musical event north of the Border appeared to be scuppered earlier this month after the Ulster Council of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann ruled against the Derry bid citing fears posed by dissidents who had carried out two bomb attacks in the city recently.

However, the council reversed its decision last week and on Saturday the Comhaltas executive voted to hold the 2013 fleadh in Derry, which beat rival bids from Sligo and Ennis.

Irish Independent