Wexford youth flying high at Fleadh
Published 25/08/2015 | 00:00
young Wexford musicians left Sligo on a high note following a series of wins at the 64th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
The Fleadh was attended by an estimated 400,000 people, among whom were several Wexford winners. Bannow CCÉ had their fair share of victories, with four of its members receiving awards.
These included Caoimhe Moran, who won first place in the under 12's Accompaniment category for her performance on the harp. Caoimhe also took home first prize in the under 12's Irish Harp Slow Airs.
Jamie Walsh, also from Bannow, took home first prize in the Mouth Organ category for under 12's.
Cónall Clancy was placed second in the Whistling competition for 12 to 15 year olds, while Eve Donohoe came third in the Whistle Slow Airs for under 12's.
Ristéard Conroy from Gorey/ Ballygarrett CCÉ was also met with success when he received third prize in the Mouth Organ competition for 12 to 15 year olds.
According to President of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann, Ann Finnegan this year's competitors have taken the standard of Irish traditional music to a new level.
'It was delightful to see so many young people at the festival this year,' she added.