Derry fleadh bid gets go-ahead

Derry's bid to host the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2013 has been given the go-ahead to progress to the next stage.

The final vote at a meeting of Derry Comhaltas delegates on Wednesday night was 13-1 in favour.

Some Comhaltas members, who initially opposed the move because of the UK link in Derry's City of Culture 2013 title, did not attend.

The bid will now go to the Comhaltas Ulster Council to be ratified.

A final decision expected is by the end of the month.

Gerry O'Hara from the Comhaltas Derry city branch said some branches in South Derry had indicated concerns.

"I think people in the city were quite incredulous that people in their own county would vote against the fleadh coming," he said.

"It's unheard of that people would vote against their own county."

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