County Fleadh a fun-filled success
The Sacred Heart National School in Aughrim was the venue for this year's very successful Wicklow County Fleadh.
Speaking to this newspaper one of the organisers, Brid Mulkern, said it was a fantastic event with representatives from all eight of the county's branches taking part.
She said there were around 350 entries this year and the branches involved included: Wicklow Miners, Tinahely, Anne Devlin CCE (Aughrim), Roundwood, Blessington, Wicklow Boathouse (Wicklow town), Bray and Donard - which is the oldest branch in the county.
The Anne Devlin CCE in Aughrim will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year and the town also hosted the very first fleadh to take place in the county in 1962.
The winners of the various competitions last weekend qualified to compete in the Leinster Fleadh which will be held in Meath in July.
The winners from there will go on to compete in the All-Ireland Fleadh.
The standard of music displayed on the day was exceptional and it served to highlight the enormous pool of talent that exists within the county.
The organisers praised the musicians who took part and they highlighted the community aspect of the event which saw everyone in the town get fully behind it.
The organisers thanked everyone who supported the event including the management and staff in the Sacred Heart National School and the parents' association for providing refreshments.
Ms Mulkern also acknowledged Byrne's Londis who decorated their window especially for the occasion.