Good day for our harpists at fes­ti­val

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

IT WAS a good day for Wex­ford harpists at the re­cently-held O’Carolan Harp Fes­ti­val in Nob­ber, Co Meath. The fes­ti­val, now in its 30th year, has con­sis­tently found a spot in the di­aries of Ire­land’s top harpists.

No doubt the fact that Nob­ber is the birth­place of Tur­lough O’Carolan acts as a draw also.

The com­mu­nity-run fes­ti­val com­bines con­certs with work­shops and com­pe­ti­tions. This year’s star at­trac­tions in­cluded Gabriella Dall’Olio, Laoise Kelly with Tiar­nan Ó Duin­nchinn, Cor­mac and Éa­monn de Barra, The Casey Sis­ters, Donal Lunny, Zoë Con­way and Máirtín O’Connor.

County Wex­ford had rep­re­sen­ta­tives from three Comhal­tas branches com­pet­ing. Be­tween them they came away with a fine haul of awards.

Mol­lie Car­roll (Gorey/Bal­ly­gar­rett Comhal­tas) took the top prize U12. In sec­ond place was fel­low branch mem­ber Ni­amh Byrne while Sinéad O’Reilly (Loch Gar­man Comhal­tas) placed 3rd. Caoimhe Mo­ran (Ban­now Comhal­tas) picked up an award in the 12-15 age group. Hilda Browne, Gorey/ Bal­ly­gar­rett Comhal­tas, was vic­to­ri­ous in the 15-18 cat­e­gory.

The trio of Ni­amh Byrne, Hilda Browne, and Caoimhe Mo­ran took the Harps a Won­der ti­tle. All three, along with Mol­lie Car­roll, are mem­bers of Cairde Ceoil Harp En­sem­ble.

The win­ning team in the Harps Won­der Com­pe­ti­tion at the O’Carolan Fes­ti­val with Aileen Kennedy. From left, Ni­amh Byrne, Hilda Browne and Caoimhe Mo­ran.

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