The committee of Comhaltas Leitir Ceanainn are delighted at how well the County Fleadh went last weekend. This was the first time the branch had hosted the county Fleadh in over 10 years and most of the committee were relatively new to organising the event.
There were numerous sessions throughout the town during the weekend and a céilí in Bonagee Hall on the Friday night attracted a large crowd, with people travelling as far away as Lurgan to experience the dancing bug again.
The committee are very grateful to the ATU (formally the LYIT) for allowing them to use the facilities there for the competitions on the Saturday and the winning competitors will now make their way to the Ulster Fleadh in July. The venue proved ideal for the competitions.
A novel idea of “sensory sessions” in Alcorn’s Garden Centre on the Saturday afternoon proved a big hit and will no doubt be an event at future Fleadhs, as was the Youth Session and Trad Disco in the Silver Tassie on the Sunday afternoon.
“The weather at the weekend was the icing on the cake,” a spokesperson for the committee said. “We were blessed with the weather and this allowed a great outdoor session to be held at the Market Square on the Sunday afternoon featuring Letterkenny Pipe band and a bus load of musicians of all ages from Portglenone, in Co Antrim. Local dancers Frank and Eileen Sweeney also entertained the crowds throughout the weekend.
“The Fleadh committee and the Comhaltas Branch would like to thank all our sponsors for helping to finance the event and to those who helped in any way.
“Without your support the Fleadh could not have happened.”