Portarlington Comhaltas is looking forward a great weekend in Sligo at the 2015 Fleadh Cheoil after a big weekend at the Leinster Fleadh in Maynooth recently.
There were great performance all around at the Leinster Fleadh and the branch produced a record number of qualifiers for the All Ireland.
The Roscarrig Ceili Band was up against mighty competitors in the u/15 ceili band competition and was unlucky to be placed on this outing.
In the under 18 solo competitions, Sean Faherty secured a 2nd place in ceili drumming & 3rd place (recommended) in miscellaneous. His sister Clare won the u/18 Melodeon, 2nd in Accompaniment and 3rd u/18 Piano (Recommended).
The u/18 Ard Glass Ceili Band gave a mighty performance which secured their 1st place. They were followed by Fiadh Fitzpatrick who came 1st in u/12 ladies singing (English), 1st Fiddle (Airs) and 2nd in Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs & 2nd Uilleann Pipes fast tunes.
Diarmuid Faherty excelled in all his competitions, winning 1st place in u/15 Button accordion, 1st u/15 Melodeon, 1st u/15 Ceili drumming & 1st u/15 Accompaniment.
Senan Moran had a brilliant fleadh achieving 1st in u/15 Piano, 2nd in u/15 Fiddle (Airs), 2nd u/15 u/15 Accompaniment & 3rd Harp Airs (Recommended)
Ciara Faherty brought home two 1st place medals when she won both the u/15 Fiddle (Airs) & u/15 Mmiscellaneous competitions.Mary O’Donnell secured a 3rd place medal in the u/18 Fiddle (Airs)
All Ireland competitor in 2014 Eimear Gill was placed 2nd in the o/18 Button accordion competition (her first year to compete in this age group)
In Comhrá Gaeilge Mary Dunne secured her place at the Al Ireland in the u/18 age group.
Our two u/12 duets Grace Kearney / Fiadh Fitzpatrick & Mary Jo Faherty / Fionn Connolly performed brilliantly and were unlucky not to be among the medals. We had one u/15 Trio, Sean O’Neill / Ava Tobin / Ella Kearney who also competed & narrowly missed out on the medals. Our solo performers, Tiernan Morris in u/12 Banjo & Ailish O’Donnell in u/`15 Flute & Flute airs, Fionn Connolly, Button accordion & James O’Mahony u/12 Fiddle gave a good account of themselves on the day.
The last competition of the fleadh was the Senior Ceili Band competition where the Bridge Ceili Band competed & secured a 2nd place ensuring their appearance at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo. The branch is very proud of all its competitors who competed over the two days bringing back 21 first place medals, 17 second place medals, four third place medals & eight cups & shields.
Well done to all the competitors who competed over the two days and the branch is very proud of each and every one of you.
There will be 22 Port Comhaltas members in Sligo making it their biggest entry ever. Best of luck to all,=.