Derry and Antrim Fleadhanna 2024

Well done to all our members who took part in the Antrim Fleadh in Portglenone and the Derry Fleadh in Derry City last weekend.

Congratulations to all those who competed at both events, where we had a number of winners and qualifiers for the Ulster Fleadh in both solo and group competitions.

At the Antrim Fleadh on Saturday, Patrick Magee was awarded first place in the O-18 mandolin while his sister, Siobhan, came second in the 15-18 concertina and also qualified with third place in the newly composed tunes category.

In Derry, Annie Diamond won the 12-15 tin whistle slow airs and was third in the tin whistle dance tunes. Caitriona Lagan won both the newly composed tune and 15-18 miscellaneous instruments playing the mandola while Hugh Mulholland came second in the same newly composed tune competition. Maryrose Murphy did exceptionally well in achieving third place in a large and competitive U-12 tin whistle section with Sophia Bradley also taking part in the same competition at her first fleadh. Sophia was also part of the winning U-12 trio. Trease Nig Raine qualified for the Ulster Fleadh with a second place in the 12-15 harp slow airs while, at the group competitions in Portglenone on Sunday, Annie, Siobhan and Caitriona were in the winning 15-18 grupa ceoil and ceili band representing Ceoltoiri Crosskeys. In the O-18 competitions, we were represented by Patrick Magee, Hugh Mulholland Caoimhe O’Kane and Roise McCloy in the winning Ceoltoiri Crosskeys grupa ceoil while Hugh and Caoimhe also played in the Killimorrie ceili band who were winners of the senior ceili band competition.

Best of luck to all those going to compete in Dromore at the end of July and thanks to the Baile na gCailleach and Portglenone branches of Comhaltas for hosting very enjoyable and well organised fleadhanna.