Local winners at Comhaltas All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil
Saturday 18th August 2012 It was an exciting and successful weekend of competitions, concerts, céilithe, sessions and more as the 61st Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann was celebrated by 300,000 throughout Cavan over the weekend including a special visit by President Michael D Higgins.
The Fleadh, one of the premier cultural events in Europe, was no different this year as the festival provided a feast of music, song and dance with an electric atmosphere of ‘craic agus ceol’. There were 3,000 competitors over three days.
Cavan has been given the singular honour of being host town for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for the third year running. The Breffni capital spared no effort ensuring an entertaining event-packed programme that brought the world’s premier festival of Irish traditional music to a whole new level that will long be remembered by all in the Comhaltas family. Each year, the Fleadh provides a meeting place for those who carry on the great traditions of playing and cherishing our music, songs and dance.
One of the key events of the Fleadh is the competitions with traditional musicians of all ages and backgrounds competing at regional level throughout the year for an opportunity to participate in the All Ireland this weekend. The standards were high and the music more than lived up to the expectations of judges and choosing winners for each category and competition was no easy task.
President of Comhaltas Ceoltόiri Éireann, Vince Jordan, extended his heart felt congratulations to all of the competitors, organising committee and noted that they have “taken the standard of Irish traditional music to a new level.” He concluded that it was delightful to see so many young people at the festival this year “proving that the passion for traditional culture, song, dance and Irish language is as strong as ever.”
The week leading up to the Fleadh included Scoil Éigse, which was comprised of a week of workshops and classes of Irish traditional music, song and dance.
Awarded the Best Traditional Festival at the Irish Festival awards in 2011, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 is taking place in Derry City from 12th - 18th August 2013 (www.2013fleadh.ie).
Following the Fleadh years Cavan will continue to surprise its many audiences into the future and is now presenting the county nationally and internationally with entertainment and exciting events that are always surprising. (www.thisiscavan.ie).
For all the results and further details on the Fleadh and competitions, visit www.fleadhcheoil.ie
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