County Longford Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann News

Wishing all the contestants from Co. Longford CCE ‘Good Luck’ at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, as the cream of musicians, singers and dancers (qualifiers from Leinster) travel to Cavan at the weekend in the prize-fight to keep tradition alive and of course some recognition for their talent and the hard work of all concerned.

Wishing all the contestants from Co. Longford CCE ‘Good Luck’ at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, as the cream of musicians, singers and dancers (qualifiers from Leinster) travel to Cavan at the weekend in the prize-fight to keep tradition alive and of course some recognition for their talent and the hard work of all concerned.

Longford has proven itself in the world of “Trad” increasingly in the past number of years in the All Irelands, doing particularly well last year in winning 11 medals.

Our neighbouring county Cavan has put on a great festival style Fleadh in the last two years and this one is promised to be even better making it a fantastic weekend for all age groups.

Families and musicians from every corner of Ireland will come again this year and it’s a nice thought that the big names in the Irish music industry now sit up to listen to the best of Co. Longford.

Not all will get medals, but it’s about enjoying taking part in addition to having pride in your talent. The County Committee advises that competitors don’t get discouraged but be prepared to try again. Some of our more senior members are now being selected and invited to take part in high profile venues the length and breadth of the country. (Keep an eye on local press for more details).

In other Fleadh news:

A presentation will be made this week in the Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan, to our own Josie O’Rourke from Granard who has put in a lot of hard work over the years in keeping the Comhaltas alive. It’s fitting that Josie will receive her presentation in her own native county of Cavan during the Fleadh week. A place which she has held great pride for over the years: Josie has now retired. We thank her and wish her good health in her retirement and we only hope that we can fill her shoes.

The membership for the year 2012/2013 starts in September, if you are interested you can make contact with any Comhaltas member in your area, where you will get details.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who made a contribution to the Church gate collection over the weekend and to everyone that helped out and supported us in anyway during our County Fleadh which was held in Ballinalee during the month of May.

Good Luck to all again: Kate Beirne, Elaine Reilly, Eoghan Gilchrist, Hughie Smith, Laura Callaghan, Aishling O’Reilly, Nathan Brady, Aishling Reynolds, Laura Doherty, Aoife Mulligan, Laura Callaghan, Jacqueline Callaghan, Paddy Farrell, Ronan Callaghan, and dancers Maeve Donnelly, Kirsten Smith, Fiona McGrath, Sylonna Kanu, Mandy Cassidy, Ciara Harken, Siobhan Campbell, and Sinead Breslin.