Locals clean up at Feis Dhun Dealgain
Feis Dhun Dealgain, 2014 took place in the Fairways hotel last Saturday and Sunday with over over 42 competitions over the two days. The wee county did itself proud once again, sailing off with all of the over-all trophies.
Competition was steep with competitors coming from as far away as Dublin and Monaghan to participate in this well established Speech and Drama Festival.
The judges this year Pamela Hughes and Patrick Howe were astounded at the 'incredible consistency of talent and very, very high standard of performance throughout the weekend Festival'. So much so, that Pamela Hughes of Take 2, casting agency has pledged to sponsor a trophy next year in a new category, to be decided upon at a later date.
The trophy for Most Outstanding Student in Feis Dhun Dealgain 2014 was won by Shauna Farren, with Penny Morris just one point behind.
The competitors had a wonderful time and seemed to enjoy every moment of their own personal performances and those of their peers. Many of them already looking forward to 2015!
The Feis came to a close with the junior and movement to music competitions. Both of these competitions are eagerly looked forward to by both the parents and the students. It is a lovely creative, unusual and fun way to close the festival.
Patricia Reynolds, the Feis organiser said: 'I am so very proud of each and every one of the competitors. Their personal achievement comes from participation on an individual and group basis. They all ought to have a sense of success and a renewed respect and delight in themselves and for themselves. They are quite, quite amazing! I loved every moment of the weekend savouring the richness of performance and the pure pleasure and happiness derived by the students and families alike.'
Feis Dhun Dealgain would like to thank in particular Emer Holmes who worked so hard and contributed much of her time, energy and creativity to the Festival. Thanks also to all the sponsors for valued support which ensures that the Feis takes place.
The Pharmacy Blackrock, Brian McQuillan, Tiernan's Centra, Blackrock, Hollywood Industries,
Blackrock Parents Council, Haggardstown Parents Committee, Anna Reynolds, Tom Duffy Trophys, Felda Health & Fitness Spa, Mary White, Flanagan Mace and Petrol Station, Councillors Mark Dearey and Marianne Butler, Tres Belle Hair Salon, P & A Quinn, Rock Cabs, Tom Rodgers Dentist, Blackrock, Fairways Hotel, DNG Financial Services & Estate Agents. Barry's Cottage Craft Butcher's.
Now that the Feis is over, RAPA Drama are planning another musical for place in November 2014, with auditions taking place after Easter.