Drogheda 2018, Fleadh Cheoil ns hÉireann.

Report from Drogheda 2018

Portarlington Comhaltas members and supporters travelled to Drogheda for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann over the week ending Sunday 19th August.

We had a big contingent of Competitors and Supporters and some sparkling results also.


Mary O’Donnell placed 2nd in the Senior Fiddle, Slow Airs.

Senan Moran
Senan Moran

Senan Moran winner in the u18 Fiddle Slow airs.

Not everybody featured in the Medal Tables but gave of their very best and are to be congratulated on their achievements.

It is a major feat to have your name printed on the competitor list in the Clár at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Here we had Ciara, Maryjo and Clare Faherty and Fionn Connolly making their way from the Leinster with great aims and gave superb performances in their turn.

Congratulations to you all on your achievements.

Well done to everybody, parents, family members and everyone who offered support and encouragement along the way.

We are fortunate to be in this happy position.


Fleadh Laighean 2018

Results fron the Leinster Fleadh in Muine Bheag, 14/15th July 2018.

The Branch is very happy with the efforts put in by all our competitors ad we congratulate them on their efforts and commitment.

This is a brief summary of the weekend and the qualifiers for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda in August.

FIDDLE 15-18

1st. Senan Moran, Portarlington, Laois
3rd. Ciara Faherty, Portarlington, Laois



1st. Senan Moran, Portarlington, Laois
3rd. Ciara Faherty, Portarlington, Laois



2nd. Mary Jo Faherty, Portarlington, Laois



2nd. Ciara Faherty, Portarlington, Laois


1st. Fionn Connolly, Portarlington, Laois

27 Fionn

2nd. Clare Faherty, Portarlington, Laois



Most of our publicity is now posted on our FaceBook Profile and this site gets less attention. However when many things get posted on FB they tend to get swallowed up and lost to view. With that in mind, more up to date use will be made of this Website from now on. We posted a report and photos of the recent Laois Fleadh as it pertains to our Members….we hope to continue along that path .

So from now on ……….. Calm


Fleadh Laoise 2018.

Portarlington Branch and committee wish to compliment and say well done to all our Junior and Senior Competitors at Fleadh Laoise 2018 in Mountmellick.

As always you kept the flag flying high, put on your best performances and gave of your best.


The list of results are as follows :

Fiddle (15-18)                       2nd     Senan Moran, CCÉ, Portarlington, Laois

Recommended                                 Ciara Faherty, CCÉ, Portarlington, Laois

Fiddle (O18)                         1st        Mary O’Donnell, CCÉ, Portarlington, Laois


U12 Duet.                              2nd       Tom Hudson and Niamh Morris.

Niamh & Tom

U12 Flute                              3rd   Tom Hudson.

12 Piano                                1st     Mary Jo Faherty.

U12 Fiddle                           2nd     Mary Jo Faherty.

U12 Fiddle (slow airs)         1st    Mary Jo Faherty.


U12 Accordion                  1st           Fionn Connolly.

U12 Melodeon                 1st          Fionn Connolly.

27 Fionn

U18 Miscellaneous             1st       Ciara Faherty.

U18 Mandolin                     2nd      Ciara Faherty.

U18 Fiddle….                      3rd      Ciara Faherty  (recommended)

U18 Fiddle Airs                 2nd       Ciara Faherty.

U18 Banjo                          2nd       Ciara Faherty.


Harp, Piano, Harp (slow airs) and Accompaniment                 1st place, Clare Faherty.



Other results, for which we have no up to date photos are as follows :

Amhráin Bhéarla (Mná) (12-15)                                1st Fiadh Fitzpatrick, CCÉ, Portarlington.

Fiddle Slow Airs (15-18)                                             3rd rec Senan Moran, CCÉ, Portarlington.


Fiddle Slow Airs (O18)                                               1st Mary O’Donnell, CCÉ, Portarlington.

Harp Slow Airs (12-15)                                               2nd Cillian Moran, CCÉ, Portarlington.

Fiddle Slow Airs (Faoi 12)                                          1st Mary Jo Faherty, CCÉ, Portarlington.     3rd Cathal Ging, CCÉ, Portarlington.


Banjo (O18)                                                                  2nd Alasdair McCann, CCÉ, Portarlington.

Banjo (12-15)                                                              2nd Tiernan Morris, CCÉ, Portarlington.

Uilleann Pipes (Faoi 12)                                            2nd Niamh Morris, CCÉ, Portarlington.     3rd Cathal Ging, CCÉ, Portarlington.

Uilleann Pipes (12-15)                                               1st Fiadh Fitzpatrick, CCÉ, Portarlington.
Irish Harp (12-15)                                                      2nd Cillian Moran, CCÉ, Portarlington.

Button Accordion (O18)                                            1st Eimear Gill, CCÉ, Portarlington.


Craobh Cúil an tSúdaire wishes to extend thanks to everybody who competed on the weekend and kept our flag flying high.

We also particularly acknowledge all the other performers who were not in the final medal shake-up. Your efforts are no less regarded

and we hope that the experience was of benefit to you all. Thank you for all your efforts and indeed to your families and the ‘chauffeur’

for bringing you to the classes, practices and to the Fleadh which was not always most convenient.

We wish best of luck to all our qualifiers at Fleadh Laighean in Muine Beag , the 9th to 15th of July next.

Wishing all competitors from all Laois Branches the best also.