Winners Announced for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2023
The results of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2023 have been announced. The nine-day event took place from 6 to 14 August in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, the third consecutive year in the town.
There were 230 competitions in a range of categories and across all age groups including traditional instruments from fiddle to harp; singing in Irish and English; céilí and sean-nós dancing; duets, trios and céilí bands, and more. The winners were from Ireland, the UK and the USA.
The winner of the senior fiddle competition was Ademar O’Connor from Offaly, who also won the senior banjo competition and came second place in the senior mandolin. Shauna Cullen from Sligo won the senior flute competition and Micheál Mac Giobúin from Limerick took first place in the senior uilleann pipes competition and the uilleann pipes slow air competition.
Hamish O’Carroll from Kerry won senior harp, Aaron Glancy from Sligo received the senior button accordion title, Colm Browne from Clare won the senior concertina competition, and Cathal Ó hEachtighearna from Dublin won the senior whistle competition.
First place for the senior women’s sean-nós singing competition went to Gormfhlaith Ní Shíocháin Ní Bheoláin from Waterford, while Oonagh McArdle from Tyrone won the senior singing competition in English. The winner of the senior men’s sean-nós singing competition was Máirtín Ó Cathasaigh from Kerry, and Vincent Crowley from Cork won the senior men’s singing competition in English, as he did last year.
The Pipers Cross Céilí Band from Mayo won the senior céilí band competition and Lios Ard Grúpa Cheoil from Galway won the music group competition.
The 51st annual Scoil Éigse, the summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, ran throughout the week with over 500 Irish and international students taking part.
Next year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Wexford town on 4–11 August 2024.
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Published on 16 August 2023