THERE was jubilation in the historic parish of Killeedy this week when a group of young musicians from the local Comhaltas Ceoltóiri branch brought home the top prize from Fleadh Cheoil na nEireann. The group took the All-Ireland title in the under-12 Grúpaí Ceoil competition.
The talented young musicians performed in Sligo with panache and confidence. And they were encouraged along their path to glory by their music teachers Christine Mulcahy and Kenneth Browne.
The long hours of weekly practice at home in Raheenagh paid off when they took to the stage and got a rapturous reception from their many followers who travelled to support them.
And led off by Chloe Farrell on accordion, the musicians gave the performance of their young lives. Those playing were Kellie Casey on fiddle, Katelyn Davis on concertina and fiddle, Sarah Dore,
Holly Hennessy, Katie Burke, Katie Hartigan and Lucy Hallinan on concertina, Chloe Farrell on accordion, Aoife Casey and Juliet Nolan on bodhrán and tin whistle, Sinead Reidy on flute, Katie Whelan and James Kiely on banjo, Conor Stack on banjo and tin whistle and Jamie Hennessy on tin whistle.
And then it was a long waiting game as the competition’s ten other groups took to the stage, from the UK< the US and from counties all around Ireland.
There was a great outburst of applause and cheers for the Killeedy victory, under their Comhaltas banner, CCÉ Cluain Chréadhail and for the words of praise from the judge.
Finally the judge addressed the packed arena where space was at a premium in the 1,000 seater.
But there was further sweet success for one of the group’s young musicians. Katelyn Davis, a pupils of Pauline Kenny, delivered an accomplished and inspiring performance in the under-12 piano competition which won her the number two spot in Ireland. Killeedy is smiling since.
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