Spink Comhaltas had a very busy and successful weekend in Bagenalstown, Carlow between July 13 - 15 competing in the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil.
Spink has built on the results of a number of years of planning and hard work and the results were on display over the weekend with a record number of Spink competitors competing. Leinster Fleadh is the largest and toughest of the provincial qualifiers for the All Ireland Fleadh, and unfortunately, 3rd place in the qualifying rounds no longer qualifies for the All Ireland. However, achieving 3rd place is not to be sneezed at, and it is a real recognition of quality of musicianship to achieve this in Leinster.
Competitions cover music, singing, dancing and story-telling, and Spink had members competing in all of these categories. There are 4 main age groups in the competitions – U12, 12-15, 15-18 and O18 – and Spink also had competitors right across the age groups.
Two orchestral groups with 20 musicians in each – U18 placed 2nd and O18 placed 1st - qualified for the All Ireland. Big congratulations to both these groups.
For the first time, Spink was represented in the Senior Ceili Band competition and the entry, The Glenbarrow Ceili Band, made an impressive debut placing 3rd out of a very strong competition.
Spink won 12 competitions, were 2nd in 12 more, and achieved 3rd place in 12 also.
This was a total medal haul of 90 medals – with in excess of 40 representatives in the All Ireland across different competitions.
Other Comhaltas branches across Laois also had excellent results and congratulations to the musicians, singers and dancers from elsewhere in Laois who will also represent Laois at the highest level and with great distinction in August.
With such strong results, Drogheda is going to see a strong influx of supporters from right across Laois next month in the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. Best wishes to all of them from Spink Comhaltas.
Spink branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann provides traditional Irish music lessons to members from Laois and bordering areas in Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow and Kildare.
With a comprehensive instrument bank to support members learning music in a cost-effective way, Spink prepares members for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann as well as the traditional Irish music examinations.
Most importantly, the tradition of playing and enjoying Irish music is being handed on to a new generation.
Recruitment for new members in 2018/9 will be from 1st September.
Places are limited for new members, so pre-registration can be done by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact Spink Comhaltas at music@SpinkComhaltas.ie, on Facebook/Twitter @SpinkComhaltas or via the web-site www.spinkcomhaltas.ie