Portarlington CCE had a great first day at the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil, which saw Roscarrig u/15 off to the All Ireland as well as Diarmuid Faherty in u/15 drums, button accordion, melodeon, misc, piano & u/15 duet.
Joining him also are Senan Moran u/15 slow airs, piano and piano accomp, Clare Faherty u/12 fiddle, fiddle airs, mandolin, miscellaneous u/15 duet.
Competitors, Roisin Doheny in Sean Nos dancing, Ailish O’Donnell on flute airs, Fiadh Fitzpatrick on uilleann pipes and Aibhlin Doheny on u/12 button accordion gave a brilliant account of themselves and put down markers for coming years.
Port’s first time u/12 ceili dancers. Sarah Hickey, Ciara Faherty, Ava Burbage and Leagh Carroll gave a brilliant performance which will auger well for the future of this very young dance troupe, well done Kara Burbage. A fantastic performance was also forthcoming from the u/12 Corrig Ceili Band, a great spirited bunch of musicians with the youngest fiddle player in the fleadh, six year old Mary Jo Faherty,
The second day was another brilliant one for Portarlington CCE. The following will be representing the branch at this year’s All Ireland Fleadh in Sligo. Sean Faherty, u/18 flute, flute airs and ceili drums, Eimear Gilll making her second appearance at an All Ireland in u/18 button accordion, Clare Faherty will be there competing in the u/18 piano, piano accomp and melodeon while Mary O’Donnell will be there competing in the u/18 fiddle airs. Cathaill O’Connor came home in the o/18 mandolin (a first for senior level). Also in the senior competition, Gerry Doheny, while not securing a place, gave a excellent performance on his own hand made banjo Gearóid Banjo’s.
The trio of John Tobin, Mary O’Donnell and Mary Gill and duet of Eimear and Mary gave a good account of themselves as did John in his solo u/18 banjo competition.
The Ard Glass Ceili Band were up against mighty competitors in the u/18 ceili band competition and were unlucky to be placed on this outing.