Fleadh Uladh in Dromore an excellent success - Campbell
Published: 1 August, 2013
West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has extended his congratulations to the Dromore Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann after a very successful Ulster Fleadh held in Dromore at the weekend.
Speaking after attending the event Councillor Campbell said:
'I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the Dromore branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann (CCE) for their success in hosting the 53rd Ulster Fleadh in Dromore. This historic event saw musicians, singers, dancers, Irish speakers and storytellers from across Ireland converge on the village of Dromore for over a week. All were made most welcome and many will have enjoyed a familiar setting, having attended the Tyrone Fleadh in Trillick and Dromore in previous years. Fleadh Uladh in Dromore proved to be an excellent success in bringing together people from near and far to enjoy , celebrate and promote our Irish music, song, dance and language.
'I was delighted to attend the 3 day Irish language course, where I joined people from Kerry, Monaghan, Fermanagh and all across Tyrone, keen to improve their knowledge of Irish. The intensive course certainly put us all through our places but, as always, there was no shortage of craic to be had. It was also a welcome opportunity for me to revisit St. Dympna's Primary School - an excellent school and beautiful building located yards from its former site where I spent many happy days.
'The competitions at St. Dympna's School and St. John's College were equally popular and the talks, poetry, music and dancing in the evenings provided ample topics for discussion the following morning in the Irish classes. I was equally impressed with the Cultural Parade on Sunday, where a huge crowd enjoyed the bands, floats, music, dancing and storytelling. This, along with the entire Fleadh, was run with great efficiency. It was an excellent family occasion and a fitting way to bring Fleadh Uladh 2013 to a close.
'Hosting the Ulster Fleadh in Dromore has provided a welcome boost to the local economy. I have no doubt that Fleadh Uladh 2014 in Dromore will be equally successful and I wish Dromore CCE well in their continuing preparations. Finally, congratulations to all the Fleadh Uladh competitors and good luck to those preparing for the All-Ireland Fleadh in Derry from 11th - 18th August.