And the Winners Are …

24 August 2008, 10:08 PM GMT

And the Winners Are …

The Senior Céilí Band competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is always one of the most watched and anticipated annual events on the Irish music calendar. We’re here down in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, the host city for this year’s Fleadh Cheoil, and I’ve just watched the last band leave the stage. The standard was fantastic. A special thank-you goes to our hosts in Tullamore for making the Fleadh, once again, a special, exciting and safe event for so many thousands of visitors.

This year’s competition was also broadcast live on the internet from the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore. For the first time, a band from the Isle of Man was represented, making the 16 qualifying bands the largest potential field in Fleadh history.

The winners of this year’s Senior Céilí Band competition are:

  1. Innisfree Céilí Band, CCÉ, Fred Finn Branch, Sligeach
  2. Dartry Céilí Band, CCÉ, Fred Finn Branch, Sligeach
  3. Ceoltóirí na Mainistreach, An Clár

You can look forward to seeing many of these bands on the daily ComhaltasLive daily video programme in the coming weeks.

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