Tipperary Winners at Comhaltas All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis

It was an exciting and successful week of competitions, concerts, céilithe, sessions and more as the 64th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann was celebrated by an estimated 400,000 throughout Ennis over the past nine days including a special visit from President Michael D Higgins. The streets of Ennis pulsed with Irish rhythm and revelry as age-old traditions were celebrated by new generations and the vibrancy of the Fleadh emanated throughout the town.

Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann prize-winners

Jack Mac Partlin of Ballina, Tipperary, who came first, in the U-18 Uileann Pipes Slow Airs and the regular Uileann Pipes categories at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

 

The All-Ireland Fleadh was held in Ennis on two previous occasions, in 1956 and 1977, and both were landmark events in the history of Irish traditional music. 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.

 

Micheál O Riabhaigh, Chairman of the Fleadh Executive Committee said, “It has been a great privilege and an even greater responsibility to host this incredible event. We thank all the visitors to Ennis and sincerely hope the music and the craic was mighty and that everybody had a happy and a safe time in our town and county.”

 

At the core of the Fleadh are the competitions that see traditional musicians, dancers and singers of all ages and backgrounds competing at All Ireland level, following victories at regional competitions. This year almost 6,000 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.

 

Scoil Éigse, the official summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, ran throughout the week with Irish people and international students of all ages taking part in various music, singing, dancing and Irish language classes.

 

This year ‘The Green Fleadh’ made it easy to reduce and segregate waste, minimise water and energy use, reduce carbon emissions and source goods and materials sustainably. It helped the 400,000 visitors to Ennis take the necessary steps to protect and improve the environment.

 

The concept of ‘Sharing Clare’ was also developed to ensure that the cultural and natural beauty of Clare was shared with visitors to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016. Fleadh goers were invited to experience all that Clare has to offer and a programme of events and activities were undertaken in towns and villages throughout the county. Ennistymon, Tulla, Kilfenora, Feakle, Scariff, Cooraclare, Miltown Malbay and Quin were the towns and villages participating in the ‘Sharing Clare’ Programme.

 

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be returning to Ennis in 2017, taking place from 13th – 21stAugust.

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

 

Cathal Mac Grianna of Tipperary, who came first in the Button Accordion age 12 to 15 category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

Cathal Mac Grianna of Tipperary, who came first in the Button Accordion age 12 to 15 category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

 

Evin O Regan of Tipperary, who came first in the Miscellaneous and Mandolin U-12  category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

Evin O Regan of Tipperary, who came first in the Miscellaneous and Mandolin U-12 category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

 

Thomas Aherne of Dungarvan, Waterford and Emma Corbett of Clonmel Tipperary, who came first, in the Duet age 15 to 18 category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

Thomas Aherne of Dungarvan, Waterford and Emma Corbett of Clonmel Tipperary, who came first, in the Duet age 15 to 18 category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

 

Emma Corbett of Clonmel Tipperary, who came first, in the Melodeon age 15 to 18 category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

Emma Corbett of Clonmel Tipperary, who came first, in the Melodeon age 15 to 18 category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

 

Laoise Ni Chinneide of Nenagh, Tipperary, who came second in the Comhra Gaeilge U-9 category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

Laoise Ni Chinneide of Nenagh, Tipperary, who came second in the Comhra Gaeilge U-9 category at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

 

 

Richard Delahunty of Caher, Tipperary, who came first in both the Miscellanous and mandolin Over 18 categories at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

Richard Delahunty of Caher, Tipperary, who came first in both the Miscellanous and mandolin Over 18 categories at the 2016 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph by Loretto O Loughlin/www.instantimageireland.com.

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