A number of Galway musicians and dancers have been commended at the recent 61st Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Cavan.
Around 300,00 visitors, including President Michael D Higgins flocked to Cavan to celebrate the event, which provided a feast of Irish music, song and dance with an electric atmosphere all weekend.
This year, around 3,000 competitors battled it out over three days in a series of events that ranged from the button accordion to the mandolin as well as group events.
The competitions play an important part in the weekend festival, with traditional musicians of all ages and backgrounds competing at regional level throughout the year for an opportunity to participate in the All Ireland finals during the Fleadh.
The standards were very high this year and a large group of Galway competitors took up some of the top spots in a variety of events including songs in Irish, uileann pipes, piano, button accordion, melodeon and concertina.
President of Comhaltas Ceoltόiri Éireann, Vince Jordan, extended his heart felt congratulations to all of the competitors, organising committee and noted that they have “taken the standard of Irish traditional music to a new level.”
He concluded that it was delightful to see so many young people at the festival this year “proving that the passion for traditional culture, song, dance and Irish language is as strong as ever.”
For all the results and further details on the Fleadh and competitions, visit www.fleadhcheoil.ie.