Following their wonderful success at the recent Leinster Fleadh in Kilkenny Comhaltas Craobh Dhún Dealgan (The Dundalk Branch Of Comhaltas) will have almost 50 members competing in various competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
The Fleadh, the Olympics of traditional music song and dance commenced in Ennis Co. Clare on Sunday last and will run until Monday August 22nd.
The young musicians were awarded seven 1st places, five 2nd places and six 3rd places in Kilkenny and will now represent their branch in 18 competitions in Ennis. Maureen Daly, chairperson of the branch was delighted with the recent success.
“The efforts of everyone in the branch has contributed to this success. We are fortunate to have teachers and tutors who are superb musicians and their commitment and attention to detail is highly important in the musical development of our young musicians”.
Apart from those competing many other branch members will attend the Scoil Eigse music classes during the week.
Enrolment of new pupils for the new class year will soon take place followed by the classes where the pupils of today, the musicians of the future will learn about jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.
Further information can be had from Branch secretary Donna at 087 2704529
The Qualifiers for fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann are:
James White 12-15 Piano Accordion, Piano and Accompaniment
Donnchadh Hughes 12-15 Flute, Flute Airs, Harp,
Jessica Woodlock 12-15 Piano Accordion
Enda Dooley Under 12 Mandolin
Brian McCahill Under 12 Piano Accordion
Anna Savage Under 11 Comhrá
Sárán Mulligan 15-18 Concertina
Fionnuala Donlon 15-18 Harp
Jessica Woodlock / Kerrianne McArdle / Donnchadh Hughes 12-15 Trio
Fionnuala Donlon / Sárán Mulligan 15-18 Duets
Eabha Short / Sárán Mulligan / Fionnuala Donlon 15-18 Trio
Branch groups in the Under 12 and 12-15 Grúpaí Cheoil Competitions