Derry to decide if it should bid for all-Ireland fleadh

The chair of the Derry City Comhaltas branch has said she is hopeful of a "positive outcome" at a meeting later to decide whether or not the city should bid to host the all-Ireland fleadh in 2013.

A meeting of delegates was adjourned two weeks ago.

This was after some members of Comhaltas expressed disagreement over the UK link in the City of Culture title.

Eibhlin Ni Dhochartaigh said the benefits of hosting the event should not be not denied to Derry.

"I am actually saddened and very angry," she said.

"I understand that individuals have the right to express their own personal opinion regarding the city of culture but they don't have the right to deny the city and county the benefits it brings and deny young people to be involved in what is the largest youth festival and biggest trad festival in the world."

The fleadh attracts a quarter of a million people.

If it is awarded to Derry it will be the first time it will have come north of the border.

Comhaltas promotes traditional Irish music and culture around the world.

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