Around 300,000 people are estimated to have visited Londonderry for the All-Ireland Fleadh, organisers have said.
The event, which closed with a spectacular closing ceremony at Ebrington Square last night, is the first time the world’s biggest celebration of Irish culture has been held in Northern Ireland.
Fleadh chairperson Eibhlin Ni Dhochartaigh said it had been an unbelievable experience for the city.
She said: “The people of Derry have really taken the Fleadh to heart. It has been quite emotional to see the sense of pride people have in our city.”
The closing party included an aerial spectacular with musicians and dancers from Fidget Feet suspended in the air above Ebrington Square.
Ms Ni Dhochartaigh added: “The Fleadh may be leaving Derry but is leaving behind a renewed appreciation of our music and culture. We have always known that Derry is a city of song but now the whole world knows it too.
“Over the last week millions of people across the world had the chance to share this wonderful experience with us through Fleadh Live and the feedback from that has been phenomenal.”
The huge trad fest has also generated around £40 million for the economy in the north west.
The diverse programme of events included participation from the PSNI pipe band as well as Jonathan Burgess’ play The Pride about a loyalist band.
Around 20,000 musicians descended on the city to compete in what was described as the “Olympics of traditional music” and there also were performances from Cara Dillon, Dervish and Liam O’Flynn.
It was opened a week ago by Irish president Michael D Higgins – the first time any Irish president has attended.