Wicklow piper in ra­dio con­cert

Bray People - - NEWS -

A 17-year-old Wicklow piper will be one of eight pipers tak­ing to the stage in a con­cert to be broad­cast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta this Fri­day (Jan­uary 18).

Fionn Ó hAlmhain, of New­town­moun­tkennedy will also be com­pet­ing for the Seán Ó Ri­ada gold medal.

Seven harpists will also per­form in con­cert in the Rochestown Park Ho­tel in Cork at 7 p.m.

Fionn is a stu­dent in Coláiste Ráithín, in Bray. Born in Berlin, his mother is Ger­man and his fa­ther is a na­tive Ir­ish speaker from Dublin.

The fam­ily moved back to Ire­land over 12 years ago. As well as pipes, Fionn also plays flute and whis­tle.

This will be the third year of the com­pe­ti­tion for the pres­ti­gious Seán Ó Ri­ada gold medal, run by Seán's son Peadar on his RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta tra­di­tional mu­sic pro­gramme Cuireadh chun Ceoil.

Seán used to run a sim­i­lar com­pe­ti­tion on his own ra­dio show in the six­ties.

Cashel gold­smith Pádraig Ó Mathúna has de­signed and cre­ated the Seán Ó Ri­ada medal, which features a por­trait of Seán Ó Ri­ada on one side and an en­grav­ing in­spired by the Song of Amergin on the other.

When the win­ners have been cho­sen, Pádraig will then en­grave their name on the medal, which will then be coated in gold.

Fionn Ó hAlmhain

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