Police have praised the organisers of the Londonderry Fleadh, claiming it is “one of the most successful events this city has seen”.
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, the biggest Irish music event in the world, finished on Sunday after a week of events in the city of Culture and is estimated to have been attended by more than 400,000 people.
Statistics show that 62 alcohol seizures were made over the course of the seven days, and 21 penalty notices issued for disorder. Four people were also reported to a Youth Diversion Officer.
District Commander Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin, who noted that the figures should be placed in the context that thousands had visited the city, said the PSNI would fully support a bid to host the Irish festival again, following a safe and peaceful week.
“It is fantastic to be able to say that after eight days of musical performances and competitions and upwards of 400,000 visitors on the streets this has been one of the most successful events this city has seen.
“I would like to thank every officer and staff member involved in the planning and delivery of the policing operation. This has been a significant and resource intensive week and not without challenge, however, I am delighted with the many compliments we have received around our friendly and reassuring policing style. I would like to extend my thanks to the Fleadh organisers, local businesses and publicans, our partners in Derry City Council, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and Foyle Search & Rescue for their efforts and support.
“This week has allowed us to engage with a huge number of people, many of then first time visitors to the city and to Northern Ireland. I know that our Irish speaking officers attracted a lot of attention and for them it was a great opportunity to brush up on their language skills and open up yet another channel of engagement. The PSNI pipe band played on Thursday afternoon and went down a storm, receiving a wonderful and enthusiastic welcome. I am confident that the vast majority of people have left with positive memories of the service we provided and the welcome they received.
“Once again Derry has demonstrated its ability to host major events, attract international names in music and culture and showcase the breadth and variety of talent that exists within the city itself. As a Police Service we are delighted to have played a part in that success.”