WEXFORD musicians hit the right note at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Ennis earlier this month taking home a total of 18 medals
It was a very successful week of competitions, concerts, céilithe and sessions at the Fleadh with Wexford coming away with gold, silver and bronze medals across a number of categories.
In total over 445,000 people visited Ennis over the nine day competition.
The town pulsed with Irish rhythm and revelry as age-old traditions were celebrated by new generations and the vibrancy of the Fleadh emanated throughout the streets.
This is the fourth time that the All-Ireland Fleadh has been held in Ennis. It has previously been held in 2016, 1956 and 1977.
Frank Whelan, Chairman of the Fleadh Executive Committee said: ‘It has been a great privilege and an even greater responsibility to host this fantastic event. We thank all the visitors to Ennis and sincerely hope that everybody had a wonderful, safe and happy time in our town and county.’
At the core of the Fleadh are the competitions that see traditional musicians, dancers and singers of all ages and backgrounds competing at All-Ireland level, following victories at regional competitions.
This year over 3,000 competitors played, sang or danced for All-Ireland titles in 180 competitions. The standards were high and the music more than lived up to the expectations of judges who had a very difficult job choosing winners for each category and competition.
There were a large number of Wexford competitors over the course of the competition with 18 musicians taking home medals.
Next year’s Fleadh will take place in Drogheda between August 12 and August 19.
The Wexford winners were: Orgán Béil/ Mouth Organ (12-15) - 3rd Jamie Walsh CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman: Mileoidean/ Melodeon (O-18) - 3rd Uinseann Ó Murchú CCÉ, Ballyfad, Loch Garman; Tionlacan/ Accompaniment (Faoi 12) - 2nd Hollie French CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Tionlacan/Accompaniment (12-15) - 2nd Cáitín Ní Chunneagáin CCÉ, Tuaisceart Loch Garman; Tionlacan/Accompaniment (1518) - 3rd Cian O Grady CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Drumaí Céilí/Céilí Drums (12-15) - 2nd Tomás Ó Toibín CCÉ, Tuaisceart Loch Garman; Drumaí Céilí/Céilí Drums (1518) - 3rd Pádraigh Ó Dúill CCÉ, Tuaisceart Loch Garman; Drumaí Céilí/Céilí Drums (O18) - 2nd Conor Moore CCÉ, Tuaisceart Loch Garman; Foinn Mhalla, Fidil/Fiddle Slow Airs (Faoi 12) - 3rd Eve Donohoe CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Foinn Mhalla, Feadóg/Whistle Slow Airs (Faoi 12) - 2nd Florence Donohoe CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Foinn Mhalla, Cruit/Harp Slow Airs (O18) - 3rd Michelle Ní Ghráda CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Bannaí Céilí/ Céili Band (15-18) - 2nd Craanhill CCÉ, Tuaisceart Loch Garman; English Singing (Ladies)/Amhráin Bhéarla (Mná) (12-15) - 2nd Kayleigh Moran CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Feadaíl/Whistling (Faoi 12) - 2nd Alec Moran CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Feadaíl/Whistling (12-15) - 2nd Diarmaid Murphy CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Feadaíl/Whistling (15-18) - 1st Conall Clancy CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Amhráin Nuacheaptha, Gaeilge/Newly Composed
Songs in Irish (Aon Aois/Any Age) - 3rd Domini Bean Mhic Óda CCÉ, Bannow, Loch Garman; Comhrá Gaeilge (11-13) - 2nd Cian Ó Tuama CCÉ, Tuaisceart Loch Garman.
Cian O’Grady (centre), Bannow, third in the under 18 Accompaniment category, with Tanya Murphy and Jon Reville.
Hollie French (left), Bannow, second in the under 12 Accompaniment category, with Shelly O’Grady, Bannow, who also claimed third place in the Senior Harp Slow Airs category.
Jamie Walsh, Bannow, third in the 12- to 15-yearsold Mouth Organ category.
Kayleigh Moran, Bannow, second in the under 15 English Singing category.
Eve Donohoe, Cleariestown, third in the under 12 Fiddle Slow Airs category.
Conall Clancy, Wexford, first in under 18 Whistling competition.
Alec Moran, Wellingtonbridge, second in the under 12 Whistling competition.
Florence Donohoe, Cleariestown, second in the under 12 Tin Whistle category.