Donegal success in Ennis

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Donegal success in Ennis
by Michelle Nic Phaidin michelle.nicphaidin @dgldemocrat

Donegal talent fared exceptionally well at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which was held in Ennis for the third time this year.

Individuals and bands made their mark in their respective categories with many glistening medals and sparkling trophies making their way across the country at the weekend.

Conor Ó Gallachóir from Gortahork came first in the under fifteen Irish singing category, Clíona NíGhallachóir of Gaoth Dobhair came first in the Cómhra Gaeilge in the fifteen to eighteen category and Cormac McColgan of Muff came first in the piano accordion under twelve category.

Meanwhile, there were also huge successes in the marching band categories for Donegal.

The Maghery Fife and Marching Band took first place in the Bannaí Máirseála Feadóg Mhór over eighteen and the Mullaghduff Marching Band took second place in the same category.

There was also great news for Banna Ceoil Cloich Cheann Fhaola who took first place in the under eighteen marching band ‘rogha gléas’ category. The Donegal town band took second place in the Bannaí Máirseála Rogha Gléas under eighteen.

The Ramelton town senior marching band (pictured) took first place in the over section of this category.

Judges in many categories said that the standards were getting higher this year. An estimated 400,000 people visited Ennis during the Fleadh. Over ten thousand musicians also enjoyed the Fleadh experience this year. Around six thousand took part in 180 competitions in search of All Ireland glory.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be returning to Ennis in 2017.

Pictured: Ramelton Town Band on their return to the town on Monday night.