Waterford musicians bring home numerous titles from 2018 Fleadh
It was an exciting and successful week of competitions, concerts, céilithe, sessions and more at the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann with Waterford musicians coming home with numerous titles.
500,000 people thronged the streets of Drogheda over the past eight days, while tens of thousands of people attended the special opening by President Michael D Higgins.
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. Waterford musicians were a big part of that, bringing home three titles and a host pf podium finishes.
Cian Smith won the Uilleann Pipes competition in the 12-15 years age group, Claire Fennell came home with the Flute Slow Airs (Over 18 years) title, while Niamh Fennell won the Bodhrán (Over 18 years) trophy.
Here are all the Waterford winners and podium place finishers from the 2018 Fleadh:
Foinn Mhalla Píb Uilleann / Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs (12-15 years), 2nd place, Cian Smith, CCÉ Ballyduff, Ballinvella, Ballysaggart, Waterford
Píb Uilleann / Uilleann Pipes (12-15 years), 1st place, Cian Smith, CCÉ Ballyduff, Ballinvella, Ballysaggart, Waterford
Mileoidean / Melodeon (12-15 years), 2nd place, Joseph Mannion, CCÉ Dungarvan, Waterford
Foinn Mhalla Fidil / Fiddle Slow Airs (12-15 years), 2nd place, Ellen O'Gorman, CCÉ Craobh Na gComarach, Waterford
Ceol Beirte / Duets (12-15 years), 2nd place, Bríd Mc Magh & Cian Smith, CCÉ Ballyduff, Ballinvella, Ballysaggart., Waterford
Rince Céilí Ceathrair Measctha / 4-Hand Céilí Dancing Mixed (15-18 years), 2nd place, Sliabh gCua,, Waterford
Mileoidean / Melodeon (15-18 years), 2nd place, Rachel Lynch, CCÉ Ballyduff/Ballinvella/ Ballysaggart, Waterford
Rogha Gléas / Miscellaneous (Over 18 years), 3rd place, Sarah O'Gorman, CCÉ Craobh Na gComarach, Waterford
Bodhrán (Over 18 years), 1st place, Niamh Fennell, CCÉ Craobh Na gComarach, Waterford
Bodhrán (Over 18 years), 3rd place, Tomás Aherne, CCÉ Ballyduff, Ballinvella, Ballysaggart., Waterford
Foinn Mhalla Fidil / Fiddle Slow Airs (Over 18 years), 3rd place, Sarah O'Gorman, CCÉ Craobh Na gComarach, Waterford
Fidil / Fiddle (Over 18 years), 3rd place, Sarah O'Gorman, CCÉ Craobh Na gComarach, Waterford
Foinn Mhalla Feadóg Mhór / Flute Slow Airs (Over 18 years), 1st place, Claire Fennell, CCÉ Craobh Na gComarach, Waterford
Foinn Mhalla Feadóg / Whistle Slow Airs (Over 18 years), 3rd place, Claire Fennell, CCÉ Craobh Na gComarach, Waterford
Ceol Beirte / Duets (Over 18 years), 2nd place, Emma Corbett & Tomas Aherne, CCÉ Ballyduff, Ballinvella, Ballysaggart., Waterford
Píosaí Ceoil Nuacheaptha / Newly Composed Tunes, 3rd place, Lucy Walsh, CCÉ Craobh Na gComarach, Waterford
This was the first time in the Fleadh’s 68 year history that the All-Ireland Fleadh has been held in Drogheda. Every year, the Fleadh provides a cultural meeting place for those who carry the great traditions of Irish music, song and dance in their hearts.
Lolo Robinson, Chairperson of the Fleadh Executive Committee said, “It has been a great privilege to host this fantastic event and showcase Drogheda’s beauty and history to a global audience. I would like to thank everyone from the many voluntary groups to the visitors to Drogheda, and I sincerely hope that everybody had a wonderful, safe and happy time in our town and county.”
Dr Labhrás Ó'Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir, Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann said, “In the region of 500,000 people have attended the Fleadh over eight days, possibly the largest attendance in the history of the Fleadh Cheoil. A feature of this year’s Fleadh is the widespread representation from countries worldwide, countries such as Japan, North America, Britain and Australia. In fact, over 25% of those attending are from out of State, helping to generate an estimated €40 million for the local economy. The Fleadh is a model of partnership between Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Eireann and Louth County Council.”
At the core of the Fleadh are the competitions that see traditional musicians, dancers, singers and story tellers of all ages and backgrounds competing at All-Ireland level, following victories at regional competitions.
This year over 7,000 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.
Scoil Éigse, the official summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, ran throughout the week with almost 900 Irish and international students of all ages taking part in various music, singing, dancing and Irish language classes.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will in take place Drogheda for a second consecutive year in 2019. For all the results and further details on the Fleadh and competitions, visit www.fleadhcheoil.ie.