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New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

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.

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