Wicklow piper in radio concert
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