Huge succes at the Ulster Fleadh in Dromore

August 10, 2015

The Committee of CCE An Bonnán Buí would like to say “Well done and a hearty congratulations to all of it’s members, and indeed, everyone who competed at the Ulster Fleadh in Dromore on Saturday and Sunday of July the 25th and 26th. Not only have we been able to maintain our impressive record, but our small branch has improved on last year’s medal tally, which for an insy-bitsy group such as we are, shows we are punching well above our weight. We would take this opportunity to thank the parents of all the children for making the long drive to Dromore AND for any and all the help they give their children with practice. We would also like to thank the tutors of each competitor. Tracey Conway, George Mc Adam, Barry Leonard and Pearse Mc Mahon have done sterling work in the course of the last year to maintain a high standard of musicality in their pupils and their achievements are testament to that. The winners (the majority of whom will be) going to this year’s All-Ireland Fleadh:

U12 Banjo Darragh Conway 1st

U12 Mandolin Darragh Conway 1st

U12 Button Accordion Pearse Óg Mc Mahon 3rd (Highly Recommended)

U12 Trios Iarla & Pearse Óg Mc Mahon, Darragh Conway 3rd

U12 Men’s Singing English Jack Conway 3rd

U15 Ladies Singing English Dearbhla Daly 3rd (Highly Recommended)

U15 Men’s Singing English Tiarnan Conway 2nd

U15 Men’s Singing Irish Tiarnan Conway 2nd

U18 Ladies Singing English Niamh Daly 2nd

O18 Men’s Singing English Pearse Mc Mahon 2nd

A very special word of mention must go to three other competitors who worked tirelessly in the lead up to the Fleadh. Aine May Mc Creesh, who, having just turned 8, performed the unprecedented act of winning her county Fleadh at this very young age. She sang beautifully on the day and, rest assured, the older more experienced girls will soon know how very special a singer she really is. Marcus Conway, a very gifted young concertina player performing for the first time in the U15 age group was also unfortunate not to feature in the places – in fact he was just pipped for 3rd spot. Young Marcus will – without any shadow of a doubt – feature strongly in next year’s Fleadh competitions as he continues to grow and improve as a musician. Finally, 2013 Ulster Champion, last year’s All-Ireland U12 Tin Whistle Champion and 2015 Armagh Champion Iarla Mc Mahon was wildly unfortunate not to feature in the places, but it hasn’t phased him and he is already planning to take over the world with his Tin Whistle next year in Ennis. Maith sibhse go leir agus ádh mhór agaibh i Sligeach. An Bonnán Buí abú!!!”