Piper Micheál to play for gold


MÍCHEÁL Ó Sé, a young piper from Farranfore and a student at Castleisland Community College will be amongst those taking to the stage to compete for the Bonn Oir Sheain Ui Riada / the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal in a concert to be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on this Friday, January 18 from 7pm to 9pm.

Micheál will be one of eight pipers in the final, together with seven harpists, who will be performing at the concert final in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on January 18.

Mícheál, 16, is in transition year at the local college, and has been playing since he was eight years old. He has a massive interest in traditional Irish music and is very involved with his local Sliabh Mish Comhaltas branch.

This will be the third year that musicians will compete for the prestigious Seán Ó Riada gold medal, which is run on RnaG trad programme Cuireadh chun Ceoil.

Presenter Peadar Ó Riada took the idea for the competition from his father, the great Seán Ó Riada, who ran a similar competition on his own radio programme in the sixties.

The judges on the night are all respected musicians in their own right - Dublin piper Mick O'Brien, Scottish piper Alan McDonald, and Mayo harpist Laoise Kelly.

On Friday, January 18, they will have the unenviable task of picking one musician from each category - a piper and a harpist - each of whom will receive the Seán Ó Riada gold medal, and a cash prize of €1,250.

Cashel goldsmith Pádraig Ó Mathúna has designed and created the Seán Ó Riada medal, which features a portrait of Seán Ó Riada on one side and an engraving inspired by the Song of Amergin on the other. When the winners have been chosen, Pádraig will then engrave their name on the medal, which will then be coated in gold.

The concert will also be webcast live on www.cuireadhchunceoil.ie

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