Ulster success for Ring of Gullion CCE

August 3, 2010

By Brónagh  Murphy

Members of the Ring of Gullion branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann are celebrating their latest success following last weekend’s Ulster Fleadh in Castlewellan.

For the first time, the age 12-15 Grúpa Cheoil qualified for the All-Ireland finals, having emerged victorious from a contest which included twelve other groups from across the province.  The group performed a selection of beautifully arranged pieces under the expert guidance of Elaine O’Sullivan.

Musicians from the senior Grúpa Cheoil, which is also guided by Elaine, will join their younger counterparts as, for the second year in a row, they too qualified.

Dancers under the tutelage of Majella McEnteggart were also successful in progressing to the national finals.  This is the first time the Ring of Gullion dancers have participated in the Fleadh and are naturally delighted at their success.

There were also a number of individual successes at the weekend’s events.  Miceal Muckian in Under 12 button accordion, Cathal Murphy in Under 12 bodhran, Emma Murphy in senior whistle, Conor Murphy in 15-18 miscellaneous competition and the 15-18 accompaniment competition, Geraldine Whelan in senior melodian and Tony O’Callaghan in Traditional Singing.  Camlough fiddler Niall Murphy also qualified, taking first place in the senior fiddle category.  This is the latest success in what has been an amazing year for Niall, having won the prestigious Fiddler of Oriel competition last month.

A total of 44 musicians and dancers will represent the Ring of Gullion in the All Ireland Fleadh, another impressive and outstanding achievement for the Forkhill branch.