Traditional Irish Music
The young traditional music group, ‘Glór Mhaigh Eo’ , from Davitt College, Castlebar, are the Siansa Gael Linn 2015 winners! At the Grand Finale concert held in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, 26 April 2015, they were chosen from among eight finalists of a high standard for this prestigious award. Siansa is a competition for young traditional Irish music and singing groups, organized annually by Gael Linn, with support from Foras na Gaeilge, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine.
Each participating group - ‘Caiseach’ and ‘Na Rógairí’ from Monkstown and Lucan, Co.Dublin, respectively, along with ‘Pléascadh’ from Lixnaw, Co. Kerry, ‘Gliondar’ from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, Sligo -based ‘Beogacht’ , ‘Faoiseamh’, from Corofin, Co.Clare, ‘Méargánta’, whose members hail from counties Armagh and Down, and finally, Mayo’s finest from Castlebar, ‘Glór Mhaigh Eo’, delighted the capacity audience with their programmes of carefully selected and thoughtfully arranged traditional tunes and songs.
Such was the musicianship, that there was stiff competition for the prizefund of €4,500, and it fell to renowned traditional musicians Mary Bergin, Dónal O’Connor and Mark Kelly to choose the prizewinners. Having come in second place last year, ‘Glór Mhaigh Eo’ were overjoyed to be awarded the top prize in this year’s final – a fantastic achievment! There are eight young musicians in the group – Séamus Ó Tiarnáin, Marianna Ní Thiarnáin, Caitríona Ní Thiarnáin, Maggie Ní hÉanacháin, Sal Ní hÉanacháin, Paddy Ó hÉanacháin, Ellen Ní Mhurchú and Caoimhe Ní Ghiolla Chainnaigh. Their group mentors, Katie Sweeney and Maura Thornton, were obviously delighted with the result and praised the young musicians highly for their hard work and enthusiasm ! ‘Glór Mhaigh Eo’ were presented with first prize of €2,500 and the Gael Linn trophy.
In second place were ‘Na Rógairí’ from Lucan, Co. Dublin ( Ciarán Mac Gearailt, Áine Nic Gearailt, Cormac Mac Aodhagáin, Emmet Ó Tuathail, Eoghan Ó Ceallacháin, Domhnaill Ó Corragáin, Euan Selkirk, Rebecca Atkinson ) who were awarded €1,250. Third place went to ‘Faoiseamh’ from Corofin, Co. Clare ( Ross Ó Donnabháin, Daire Ó Selanáin, Conchúr Ó Lochlainn, Barra Ó hÉigní, Fionnuala Nic Aoidh, Jennifer Ní Mharacháin, Cathal Ó Corbáin, Seán Ó Dochartaigh ) who received €750. A specially designed memento was also presented to each young musician who took part in the event.
Gael Linn CEO, Antoine Ó Coileáin, thanked Foras na Gaeilge, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine for their ongoing support of the competition and said: “Siansa Gael Linn is a musical highlight of the calendar for young musicians. Year after year, the competition inspires and attracts new groups of the highest caliber. Siansa uniquely showcases Irish music and Irish song by young musicians, all through the medium of Irish”
The show, which was enjoyed by an audience of over a thousand present in the National Concert Hall, along with a listenership of thousands more to the live broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, was compered by popular presenter, Áine Hensey. A special programme, Siansa 2015, featuring highlights from the event will be shown on TG4, on Wednesday, 6 May at 8p.m., and the performances of each group may also be viewed You Tube.
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