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Ballyboy Comhaltas celebrate Fleadh success

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Ballyboy Comhaltas celebrate Fleadh success thumbnailBallyboy CC…ís 2018 All-Ireland Champions Grace Minnock (15-18 Whistling) and Niall Mahon (12-15 ScÈalaÌocht). MT35533JOC

Ballyboy Comhaltas gathered together in Dan and Molly's traditional thatched pub last Friday evening for a Traditional Session to draw a busy summer of Fleadhanna Ceoil to a close.
The All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in August is the highlight of any Comhaltas member's calendar and many of Ballyboy's talented members travelled to Drogheda this year with their families and supporters. Chairperson Loretto Dooley paid special tribute to all of their participants this year at Friday evening's session and congratulated the prizewinners at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018.
Sincere congratulations to their two All-Ireland Champions this year. Grace Minnock is the 2018 15-18 Whistling Champion having been awarded 1stplace in this same competition in the 12-15 age category just last year! Niall Mahon is this year's 12-15 Scéalaíocht Champion.
Another of their talented male members who is no stranger to All-Ireland medals is Luke Maher. Luke received 2ndplace in the 15-18 Flute competition and 3rdplace in the Men's English Singing 15-18. Naoise Dooley played the viola in the 12-15 Miscellaneous competition this year. She is the current Leinster champion and was awarded 3rdplace at the All-Ireland. One of their younger members to be among this year's medallists is Ciarán Scully who was awarded 2ndplace in the Under 12 Tin Whistle Slow Airs. Sinéad Hanamy together with Ademar O'Connor from Edenderry CCÉ won 3rdplace in the 12-15 Duet competition.
The branch was privileged this year to have their dedicated tutors prepare two grúpaí ceoil and two céilí bands to compete at the Offaly Fleadh Cheoil. All four ensembles were successful at county level, qualifying to the Leinster, which was a great bonus for so many of their young musicians. Heartiest congratulations to their 12-15 Grúpaí Ceoil entry who are the current Leinster Champions and were awarded 2ndplace in the All-Ireland Fleadh.
Ballyboy Comhaltas was once again represented well in the various dancing competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Members of the Callanan MacLoone O'Meara Dance Academy formed a variety of teams to participate this year and scooped up numerous awards in Drogheda. The dance teams celebrated success in the Under 12 8-Hand Mixed Céilí Dancing (2nd) and in the 12-15 8-Hand Céilí Dancing Ladies (3rd). In the 15-18 age category teams were awarded a 2ndand 3rdplace in the 4-Hand Céilí Dancing Ladies competition.
Members and supporters of Ballyboy Comhaltas are very proud of all their participants and prizewinners this year. Other notable achievements for the branch members include the performance of 'Spréach' on Fleadh TV broadcast on TG4 during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. 'Spréach' is a young ensemble composed of members of their branch (Meibh Dooley, Naoise Dooley, Máire Brennan, Grace Minnock and Kimberly Delaney) who won a group competition at the annual Meitheal Summer School this year. Their very talented accordion player Aoife Kilmartin, the current Leinster 15-18 Champion, was nominated by her tutors at Scoil Éigse to perform on RTÉ Radio 1's Céilí House programme.
After a busy and successful summer season they are now looking forward to their Autumn/Winter schedule of classes and sessions. Enrolment for their classes and branch registration will take place next week. This will be posted on their Facebook page and in next week's paper. Visit their Facebook page Ballyboy Comhaltas for regular updates of their events or for any further information please contact Chairperson Loretto Dooley on (087) 2386471.

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