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Big wins for Donegal at Comhaltas All Ireland Fleadh

Maghery, Cloughaneely and Donegal Town bands win outright titles

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Big wins for Donegal at Comhaltas All Ireland Fleadh

Donegal Town community Band make a triumphant return last night to the Diamond

There were some major triumphs for Donegal groups and individual at the Comhaltas All Ireland Fleadh held at the weekend in Drogheda.

Donegal, with its fine tradition of marching bands, had a series of successes in this category, most notably Maghery Fife & Drum Band’s first place in the Over 18 years Flute Marching Bands.

Above, celebration time in Drogheda for members of the Maghery Fife & Drum Band

Cloich Cheann Fhaola, CCÉ Cloich Cheann Fhaola won the Miscellaneous Marching Bands (Over 18 years),  while Donegal Town Community Band won the Miscellaneous Marching Bands section for Under 18s.

Other first places went to Conor Ó Gallachoir, CCÉ Chloich Ceann Fhaola, Donegal in the Amhránaíocht ar an Sean Nós (Fir).

Brid Anna Ni Bhaoil, CCÉ Mín na Croise, won the Scéalaíocht (Over 18 years) gold.

There were a host of other placings (see collated Donegal results at the end of this piece).

This year over 7,000 competitors played, sang or danced for All-Ireland titles in 180 competitions. The standards were high and the music more than lived up to the expectations of judges who had a very difficult job choosing winners for each category and competition.

500,000 people thronged the streets of Drogheda over the past eight days, while tens of thousands of people attended the special opening by President Michael D Higgins. The town pulsed with Irish rhythm and revelry as age-old traditions were celebrated by new generations and the vibrancy of the Fleadh emanated throughout the streets.

This is the first time in the Fleadh’s 68 year history that the All-Ireland Fleadh has been held in Drogheda. Every year, the Fleadh provides a cultural meeting place for those who carry the great traditions of Irish music, song and dance in their hearts.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will in take place Drogheda for a second consecutive year in 2019.

For all the results and further details on the Fleadh and competitions, visit www.fleadhcheoil.ie.


Fleadh DONEGAL winners -

Bannaí Máirseála Feadóg Mhór / Flute Marching Bands (Over 18 years), 1st place, Maghery Fife & Drum, Donegal

Bannaí Máirseála Rogha Ghléas / Miscellaneous Marching Bands (Over 18 years), 2nd place, Ramelton Town Band, Ramelton, Donegal

Bannaí Máirseála Rogha Ghléas / Miscellaneous Marching Bands (Faoi 18), 1st place, Donegal Town Community Band, Donegal Town, Donegal

Foinn Mhalla Feadóg Mhór / Flute Slow Airs (Over 18 years), 3rd place, Cárl O'Dochartaigh, CCÉ Min na Croise, Donegal

Bannaí Máirseála Rogha Ghléas / Miscellaneous Marching Bands (Faoi 18), 2nd place, Chloich Ceann Fhaola, CCÉ Chloich Ceann Fhaola, Donegal

Amhránaíocht ar an Sean Nós (Fir) / Irish Singing (Men) (15-18 years), 1st place, Conor Ó Gallachoir, CCÉ Chloich Ceann Fhaola, Donegal

Amhránaíocht ar an Sean Nós (Fir) / Irish Singing (Men) (Over 18 years), 2nd place, Daire O'Baoill, CCÉ Min na Croise, Donegal

Feadóg Mhór / Flute (Over 18 years), 3rd place, Carl O'Dochartaigh, CCÉ Min na Croise, Donegal

Feadóg / Whistle (Over 18 years), 2nd place, Carl O'Dochartaigh, CCÉ Min na Croise, Donegal

Scéalaíocht (15-18 years), 2nd place, Cait Ní Cheallaigh, CCÉ Seamus Mac Giolla Bhride, Donegal

Scéalaíocht (Over 18 years), 1st place, Brid Anna Ni Bhaoil, CCÉ Mín na Croise, Donegal

Cairdín Pianó / Piano Accordion (Over 18 years), 3rd place, Fergal Bradley, CCÉ Seamus Mac Giolla Bhride, Donegal

Bannaí Máirseála Rogha Ghléas / Miscellaneous Marching Bands (Over 18 years), 1st place, Cloich Cheann Fhaola, CCÉ Cloich Cheann Fhaola, Donegal