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Sunday 21 September 2014

Festival of song and dance

Michael Moran

Published 15/04/2014 | 05:40

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Ceola McGauran presents a Perpetual Cup to Michael Currid President of Feis Shligigh on behalf of the McGauran family in memory of the late Josie McGauran, a long-serving member of the Feis Committee. Pictured from lt. to rt. Briain, Bernardine, Dualta, Catherine, Brian Snr. Front- Briain and Ceola.

Sligo will echo to the sound of music, song and dance during Easter Week.

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SLIGO will echo to the sound of music, song and dance during Easter Week.

More than 3,000 competitors from all over Ireland and abroad take to the stage for Feis Ceoil.

It is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the country and was founded in 1903.

Feis Administrator Regina O'Dea said: "Entries are good.

"We're looking forward to another successful event."

The Feis features a number of important bursaries.

These include vocal, instrumental, traditional music and drama.

This year's Feis started with Irish competitions in the Sligo Park Hotel on March 22nd.

It's now on to five town centre venues for the remainder of the programme.

Drama and verse speaking takes place in the Hawk's Well from April 21st to April 23rd.

Some verse speaking sections are in the Presbyterian Hall and Sligo City Hotel.

The Presbyterian Church is the centre for vocal competitions for three days from April 21st. Instrumental music takes place in the Gillooly Hall on the same dates.

The Sligo City Hotel hosts traditional music and singing on April 23rd.

Primary school competitions are also at the City Hotel on April 21st.

The major awards will be presented at the annual Gala Night in the Hawk's Well Theatre on April 23rd.

Among them will be The Sligo Champion cup for dualogue in the Irish language.

New drama and speech competitions for works by Shakespeare have drawn large entries.

Regina said: "It is the first time we have had these on the syllabus.

"The response has been phenomenal."

Anyone purchasing a Feis Ceoil membership ticket for €20 will get entry to all five venues and be entered in a special draw.

Meanwhile, Sligo Feis Shligigh which has been running over the past number of weekends concludes tomorrow, Wednesday.

The Model is the venue for the last of the drama competitions.

English verse speaking and Irish competitions took place last weekend.

The bursaries are sponsored by RTE Lyric FM, the Lir Drama Academy from Trinity College, Sligo Credit Union, the Gaiety School of Acting, Stage Wise, Sligo Park Hotel and the O'Connor Family, Sligo.

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