Wexford Fleadh champs
Wexford trad musicians triumphed at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda with Carrig on Bannow musicians coming away with the group prize for the first time ever.
Adding to the county's success three Gorey area trad musicians and three Carrig on Bannow based musicians came home with medals from the competition.
The overall group prize was won by Carrig on Bannow in the 12-15 age category.
Musical director Aine Kennedy of the Carrig on Bannow music group said it was a great Fleadh for Co Wexford musicins. 'This was a huge achievement for a rural branch with all members of the group living within a ten mile radius of Bannow.'
The members of the group are Caoimhe and Tom Moran, Stephen and Martin Codd, Luke and Hollie Ffrench, Siobhan Rossiter, Caoimhe O'Dwyer, Eve Donohoe, Lucy Fitzgerald, Olivia Breen, Cillian Cullen, Serena Reville, Aaron Hogan, Sienna Moran, Kate McDonald, Keelyn Ryan, Ciara Breen, Ciara Redmond and Lily Kelly. 'This is the first time a Grúpaí Ceoil from Bannow has won an All Ireland title. The success of the group is due to the dedication and commitment of the musicians, their parents and teachers. The group was warmly received by the audience at Seisiún in Coast, Rosslare, on Tuesday night where they were given a standing ovation,' Ms Kennedy said.
Ms Kennedy thanked all those involved in bringing this All Ireland title to Bannow and said that the group is extremely lucky to have teachers willing to give so generously of their time. She paid tribute to Jon Reville who worked tirelessly with the u15 group together with Karen Mernagh, Paul O'Sullivan, Caroline O'Sullivan, Shelly O'Grady, Ryan Stafford and Rebecca O'Sullivan Ryan.
The Gorey winners were Seamus Ó'Dhubhgaill, who came second in his age category on banjo. Ava Ní Réamoinn came first in her piano competition, while Molly Gallagher came 2nd in the 12-15 year-old piano competition.
The Carrig-on-Bannow winners were: Caoimhe Moran, who came third in the accommpaniment comoetition; Eve Donohoe who came first in the Fiddle Slow Airs competition and Michelle Ní Ghrada who placed third in the Harp Slow Airs competition.
Over 500,000 people thronged the streets of Drogheda over eight days, while tens of thousands of people attended the special opening by President Michael D Higgins.