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W/E 28/08/2016

posted Aug 22, 2016, 5:32 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 4:17 AM ]
Fleadh Fever.
The topic of conversation during the past week, at least in Clare, has not been the goings on in Rio, but 'the Fleadh', which has been deemed a resounding success. It has lifted the spirits of so many people, despite the inclement weather at times.
Our own Tola Custy proved a big hit, bringing a flavour from sessions going on in towns around the county, making his debut as a presenter with Fleadh TV.
Eimear Arkins, from Ruan, is now living near St. Louis in the U.S., where she is studying for a Masters.   Eimear came to Ennis with around eighty representing St.Louis and she was also tutoring at the Fleadh. She came 1st, representing St. Louis Irish Arts Centre, in Sean Nos singing, ladies, over 18.
Liam Jones took 1st in Lilting over 18.  Maria Jones came 1st in Lilting, under 12.
Shona O'Halloran from Dysart, with James Kelly and Roisin Clancy took 1st in Trios (12-15).  Moya Tiernan is a member of both Inis Og Grupai Ceoil which came 1st in u12 and Inis Og Ceili Band  which came 1st in u12.  Lisa Whelan is a member of Cois na hAbhna Ceili Band, which came 3rd (15-18).  Conor Wynne, Ross O'Donovan and Daire Shannon are members of Gary Shannon's Burren Grupa Ceoil which took 1st (15-18).  Eve O'Connor is a member of Tulog Ceili Band (12-15) which came 1st in that section.
Many others from the parish worked as volunteers over the festival and they and all who worked to make the Fleadh such a success are a credit, and great Ambassadors for the county.

Athletics - Community Games.
Neasa Ni Ainifein travels to Athlone this coming weekend to represent Clare in the Community Games finals.  She will run in the 600m final.

Award for Frank.
In conjunction with Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann and Comhaltais,  Frank Custy was one of eight people who received awards on Tue., 16th August last. The "Ceannrodaithe Bardic Awards", for outstanding contributions to traditional music were presented at a dinner at the Auburn Lodge Hotel and Frank and the other recipients joined together afterwards and regaled the assembled guests with a great night's entertainment.  Frank and a group of his friends and past music students were in the Holy Family Hall every morning where young and 'not so young' all joined in a relaxed and very enjoyable session, throughout the Fleadh.