The week-end of County Fleadh in Ballina on Saturday/Sunday 18/19th May was a feast of traditional music, song and dance in St. Lua Bun Scoil, an appropriate setting for the talent of the competitors.
The atmosphere around the venue was wonderful. The competitions started for under 9 under 12 and under 15 started on Saturday at 10.30a.m. and the under 18 and Senior on Sunday at 1.30p.m. We thank the stewards, clerks and the door people for their help and committment. Thanks to the Call Stewards in the Hall where the Duets, Trios, Groups and Bands competed; to Sheila and her team of ladies Anne, Mairead and Majella in the hospitality room; to Inez Heenan and her helpers in Seomra Gaeilge.
There was Street Entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evening, also Clare Quinn and An Oige Thiobraid Arann on the Gig Rig, which created a festival air in the town. The local Community were most welcoming Brona, Jane, Noel and Mrs Bugler, Paul S., Paddy C., Anne B., Sadie, much appreciated. Thanks also to Tom Cleary photos, Bridie McGrath, Ned and Brendan Quinn, Mark Forde Ormond Branch, and John Quinn, Tipperary. A special word of appreciation to School Principal Margaret O’Sullivan, Management and Staff for allowing us the use of their great facilities and being on hand at week-end helping out.
There was a great night’s entertainment in O’Donovans at “The Gathering” Awards on Wednesday 15th May, where a special Medallion ‘Bliain na Cruinne‘ and Certificate was presented to each Awardee, the late Paddy O’Brien’s Award was accepted by Nora Butler, friend of his daughter Eileen, who due to personal commitment was unable to attend, also Michael Cooney due to change of work position was unable to get back from U.S. as also was Jim Lawlor from England, their Awards were made to members of their family. Billy Clifford, Bobby Gardiner, Billy Greenall and Jimmy O’Sullivan were present to receive their Awards, and were so pleased to renew acquaintance, They later entertained the audience joined by two talented young Accordionists Colm Slattery and Keelan McGrath, also Brendan Quinn and Mark Forde. On Friday 17th May we had the Official Opening with guests Ard Stiurthoir Labhras O’Murchu agus Una Ui Mhurchu, followed by a very enjoyable show from the Newport Branch the All Ireland Plearacha na nOg produced by Mary McAuliffe helped by Sorcha McAulifffe and Ruari Floyd.
Thanks also to Melanie Scott of Arts Council who adjudicated the Primary Schools Art Competition. An tAifreann Tradisunta on Sunday in Seipeal St. Lua was a lovely Ceremony many thanks to clergy Very Rev. Ted O’Rahilly and Rev., Enda Brady, also the participating musicians and singers.