Laois musicians shine at All Ireland Fleadh

Mother & son, Ina & Kurt Dineen enjoying a session at Portlaoise Comhaltas.
Laois visitors and competitors had a most enjoyable week at Sligo for Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann.

Laois visitors and competitors had a most enjoyable week at Sligo for Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann.

There were medals for four of the seven Laois branches, Portarlington, Portlaoise, Camross and Mountmellick. Ratheniska, Spink and Clonaslee branches were also strongly represented, with all musicians enjoying the week.

They also enjoyed great support from family and friends who travelled to Sligo over the weekend.

In the senior section Dale McKay and Ciara Connolly representing Portaloise won first and second in bodhrán, with Cathal O’Connor (Portarlington) awarded third in mandolin. The Faherty family dominated the underage results, with Ciara (u12) leading the way with wins on mandolin and miscellaneous plus third in fiddle and fiddle airs.

Her brother Diarmuid 12-15), was runner up on button accordion, third in melodion, and sister Clare (15-18) third in piano, third in melodion, third in accompaniament, completing the tally of nine medals for the family.

Cliona Dowling McDoanld, (u12) Camross, was the only other multiple medal winner, first in whistle airs, third whistle dance tunes. Her branch colleague Maeve Scott also u12 collected second in whistle dance tunes and second concertina. Her branch colleagues, Aaron Mackessy (15-18) third in banjo and Maeve Scott (u-12) second in concertina, were outstanding also.

In the bands and group competitions Laois had strong representation. Roscarrig (12-15) Portarlington ceili band, prominent in recent years, was awarded third.

Mountmellick branch, noted for the promotion of the Irish language won second place in comhrá 15-18 with Fiachra O C-Fionnghaill

A good result for Laois Comhaltas which provides tuition for musicians, dancers and singers throughout the county.

Classes for musicians resume in September,