Padraig Harnett of Ahane who came first in the Piano, age 12 to 15 category Picture: Loretto O’Loughlin
LIMERICK’S musicians, singers and dancers made their mark at the Olympics of Irish traditional music and culture, Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, which ended in Ennis at the weekend.
Team Limerick brought home a great bounty of medals, 23 in all, shared among six different craobhanna or branches of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.
There were seven All-Ireland champions, with seven second place wins and nine third place wins.
A total of 6000 contestants took part in the 180 competitions and the Fleadh was, by any reckoning, one of the most exhilarating fleadhanna ever and marked a return to Ennis after almost four decades.
President Michael D Higgins made a special visit to this, the 64th Fleadh and an estimated 400,000 celebrated the nine-day event which was packed with competitions, concerts, ceilithe, sessions and lots more. Scoil Éigse, the official summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, ran throughout the week.
The ‘Sharing Clare’ programme, put in place for visitors, meant others towns and villages in Clare also benefitted. And it’s back to Ennis again in 2017.
- For a full list of Limerick winners, see the print edition of the newspaper