Fleadh cheoil family keeps musical tradition alive
THEY are competing against their peers from all over Munster, but for one family it's in the blood.
Padraig (25) and Cliona (20) Creedon have grown up with traditional music and are the third generation of their family to compete in the Munster Fleadh Cheoil that comes to Killarney this week for the first time ever.
Padraig plays the accordion and his sister is a dancer and fiddle player but they don't have far to go when they want advice. Their grandmother, Mary Moynihan (83), from Glenflesk, competed at the fleadh up to three years ago in singing.
Their mother Margaret Creedon, uncles Arthur and Padraig Moynihan are also fleadh veterans as are their first cousins, Denis, Marguerite and Sinead Moynihan.
"A lot of work goes into it but it will be worth it in the end and it's great that the Munster competition is being held in Killarney this year as there will be a fantastic atmosphere and a great buzz around town," Margaret said.
"We've been to competitions in every hall in Ireland and taken part in the fleadh in Sligo, Dungarvan and Derry so it's great to host it this year."
The siblings are among 3,000 competitors in dance and music in the different age categories who will descend on Killarney this weekend.
Overall, the competitions are expected to attract crowds of 10,000 to the town and festivities kicked off last night and will continue throughout the week with street entertainment, lectures, workshops and concerts.
On Thursday night, there will be an open air monster ceili in the town centre with the competitions starting in earnest the following morning at Killarney Community College, St Brendan's College, The Mon and at the INEC.
The festival coincides with the Killarney Races that also got off to a start last night.