The Roscrea Branch of Comhaltas hosted this years County Fleadh and by all accounts attendance numbers were up on last year.
The Fleadh week kicked off for the branch on Monday Night with a Trath na gCeist with quiz master Liam Doran. Tuesday Night we had the Singers Club with Fear an Ti Tadgh O Meachair. Wednesday Night we had the long awaited CD launch and by all reports it has been well received by all in attendance at the launch. The Branch would like to thank Mr. Paddy Duffy for doing us the honour of launching the CD on the night. The CD contains inspiring tracks written by three generations of the Cummins Family. There are also new compositions from Kathryn Brown and Theresa Larkin and a new piece by up-and-coming composer Colm Brussells.
On Thursday Night John Brown launched his second book. It was officially launched by well known singer Nora Butler to a packed house. It has to be acknowledged that John and his Family left no stone unturned in the preparation for this event. A wonderful night of entertainment was provided by Fear an Ti for the night Pat Flanagan.
Friday Night saw the offical launch which kicked of with Joe Barry and the Templemore pipe band who marched from the Credit Union Offices to the Damer Court Hotel. This was followed by the All Ireland winning Scoraiocht show. Branch Chairman Tim Maher welcomed the large attendance and invited Ard Runai of Comhaltas Tomas O Maoldhomhnaigh to say a few words. Tomas spoke about how Comhaltas has changed over the last 60 years and he congratulated the branch on reaching 50 years of unbroken membership. Tim then called on Tadgh Mulchay Chairman of the Munster Council to say a few words. Pat Loughman County Chairman then officially opened the Fleadh. There were presentations of medals to the winning Scoraiocht group followed by two ‘unsung heroes’ awards, which went to Ann Feehan and Dick Conroy. Competitions were held on Saturday and Sunday and listed are the local competitors who advanced to Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Dungarvan.
Consairtin u/12 1st place Aine Ghliasain, Isabelle Ni Chuanain 2nd Feadog Mhor Fionn Malla, Daniel 1st in Whistle Airs & Newly composed tunes and 2nd in u/15 Trios with Laura Egan & Katie Ryan, Katie Ryan 2nd English ladies singing u/15,Danielle Ni Bhuadhaigh 2nd u/15 Feadog Mhor Foinn Malla,Diarmuid O Riain 1st Drumai & Bosca Ceoil, Maire Ni Shiodaigh 3rd Fiddle & Fiddel Slow Air 1st in Duet with Jim Egan & 2nd Trio With Jim Egan & Darragh Carey Kennedy senior,John Brown 2nd Newly composed song, Kathryn Brown 1st Whistle 2nd Flute 2nd Rogha Gleas,U18 Breffni Nic Giolla Phadraig 2nd Flute Airs, Darragh Carey Kennedy 1st in U15 Banjo, Mandolin, Rogha Gleas & 1st in Duet u/15 with Colm Slattery, U12 Grupai Ceoil Damer B 2nd, U15 Grupai Damer 1st, u18 Grupai Damer 1st, Sinsear Grupai Ceoil 1st, U18 Bannai Ceoil Brian Boru 1st, and u9 Whistle Caoimhe Ni FhLannabhra, Last weel results from Offaly Fleadh Cian Hanamy u18 1st in English/ Irish singing, Lilting, Slow Airs Whistle & qualified in Comhra Gaeilge, Conal Hanamy 1st U15 in Irish singing, Lilting, Whistle Airs, 2nd English Singing also qualified in Comhra, Conor Bracken 1st in U18 Flute Slow Air, Mouth Organ well done to all who go forward to provincial fleadhs. History was repeated on Saturday Night when the Fleadh Ceile was held in the Abbey Hall, the first Fleadh that the branch held in Roscrea in 1964 so 48 years later the scene was repeated. Many thanks to all members who made this venture a success also to the staff and patrons of the Damer Court Hotel and the staff in the Abbey Hall and to Ger O’Meara who supplied sound and lightning over the week. Finally congratulations to Kathryn Brown on her election to Ard Comhairle as National Youth Officer.