Ah well. The Fleadh isn’t coming to Derry in 2013.
The sound of the pipes, the fiddle, the bodhrán and our other traditional instruments won’t be filling the Derry air as hosts of our fellow Irish men and women and instead there will be the banshee wail of “ideology.”
And all because of two little letters. U and K.
Okay, I understand the semiology of those two little letters and I am au fait with the concept of hegemony, but I believed that bringing the All-Ireland Fleadh coming to Derry (what about that for semiology?) would subvert the whole notion of the city being a UK city.
With Scotland’s possible independence, the UK could be on the verge of crumbling and the original United Kingdom was of course between England and Scotland in 1707.
The thoughts of thousands of traditional music and Irish language fans thronging the streets of Derry in an atmosphere of celebration, bonhomie, fun and whatever you’re having yourself, would reclaim (or rather, re-enforce and re-invigorate) Derry’s Irishness.
I know lots of kids and older people who couldn’t wait for the Fleadh but these people haven’t a political bone in their body. They do love their music, their heritage and the chance to celebrate it in 2013 has them filled with huge excitement and pride. The fact that the proposed Fleadh will be part of a year-long celebration with a UK moniker means little to most trad fans.
What satisfaction will the people who were railing against the All-Ireland Fleadh have, now that the application has been rejected?
Will they raise a glass tonight to celebrate the fact that Derry will be silent while the fun will be somewhere else. That the pubs and hotels will be empty, that new friends won’t me made, that Derry’s economy won’t get a boost and God knows it needs one.
“A pint of ideology please, and have one yourself.”
I’ve heard that there’s possibly going to be a quick appeal against abuse of process as last week the entire Ulster Council indicated strongly they’d support Derry’s bid, but the officer board voted against it 7-4 today on security grounds.
The Comhaltas Ardchomhairle must have a proposal (i.e notice that the Ulster Council are backing Derry) by Wednesday evening so it’s time for those who support the bid to lobby intensively for a rethink and for those opposed to it to have a rethink.
Didn’t Bobby Sands say that “our revenge will be the laughter of our children.”
Now “republicans”are giving their children a slap in the face.