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Lackagh Comhaltas takes pride in first hosting of Galway County Fleadh Cheoil

As the dust settles, the members of Lackagh Comhaltas are still reflecting on the wonderful weekend they enjoyed at the recent Galway County Fleadh Cheoil in Claregalway.

It was the branch’s first time hosting the County Fleadh, and the weeks leading up to the event were filled with activity.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, typically buzzing with music rehearsals, also hosted additional meetings and run-throughs to ensure a smooth event. Much to the delight of the committee and the volunteers, the weekend ran incredibly well and the sun shone.

The weekend began with a beautiful opening ceremony at Claregalway Castle, featuring music, refreshments, and a tribute to Joe Collins, the founding member of Lackagh Comhaltas.

Later, the youth of Lackagh Comhaltas and fellow musicians from the surrounding areas gathered for a lively session at the Summerfield Bar.

Saturday morning saw the start of the U10, U12 and 12-15 music competitions, drawing large crowds of excited children and anxious parents.

The venue accommodated everyone comfortably, and it was fantastic to have Treat Cafe onsite throughout the weekend providing food and drinks. Lackagh Comhaltas members won numerous medals in solo, duet, and trio competitions.

The afternoon featured thrilling performances from Céilí Bands and Grúpaí Cheoil. That evening, musicians attended mass at Lackagh Parish Church, where U15 musicians enhanced the service with their music, and Fr. John, much to the delight of the congregation, concluded mass with a lively reel.

Sunday began with a beautiful service in Claregalway Church, featuring music from Lackagh musicians and competitions continued at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir for dancing and older age groups. The local branch was delighted when many of their members placed in competitions throughout the day.

The afternoon continued with the Céilí Band and Grúpaí Cheoil competitions. The Slán Abhaile Session then brought the fleadh to a close, with young musicians from local branches enjoying tunes, treats, and ice cream in the sunshine.

Overall, the weekend was a fabulous success. The tireless efforts of the committee, volunteers and the generous sponsorship from many businesses and individuals in the local community made the Fleadh one to remember.

Lackagh CCÉ is grateful to Alan Mongey and the staff of Coláiste Bhaile Chláir for the use of their facilities throughout the weekend.

“Ultimately, it all comes down to music and without the dedication and talent of the branch teachers – Sharon Connell Geraghty, Sinéad Walsh, Annemarie Hughes, Mary Duggan, Emily Greaney and Rachael Hughes – the success of the weekend and the legacy of music in Lackagh CCÉ, would not be possible,” added a spokesperson.

Pictured: Carraigh Mór Grúpa Cheoil from Lackagh CCÉ…15-18 Grúpa Cheoil

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