McKevitt calls for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to come to Warrenpoint

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Community, Politics
SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has called for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to come to the musical town of Warrenpoint. McKevitt was speaking after Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann gave evidence to the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee at Stormont. She said, “Warrenpoint is a sea-side town brimming with musical talent and every year the Blues of the Bay festival attracts hundreds of musical enthusiasts to the area. “It would be an enriching experience, both for South Down and for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, if such a pretigous event could be brought to our shore. The Fleadh was recently hosted by Derry City and the investment of £1.5 million brought £42 million to the local economy. “As South Down prepares for other major events like the Irish Open, it’s vital that we expand and develop our ability to host island-wide spectaculars. “I can’t think of a better host town for the All Ireland Fleadh than Warrenpoint where people can enjoy the beautiful, undisturbed view of Carlingford Lough, while enjoying traditional and contemporary Irish music. McKevitt added, “We have the history, the culture, the great people and I hope that Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will give us the opportunity to offer a warm Warrenpoint welcome.”

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