THE closely knitted Cullen community came out in force to salute their latest All Ireland champion, Maggie Moynihan, last Sunday evening.
Young Maggie blazed a path to national glory at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo and, fittingly, the culturally strong Cullen district hailed the splendid achievement. Fittingly, the rain had cleared to allow the award winning Cullen Pipe Band lead a Parade from the Creamery to the newly renovated Cullen Community.
Maggie represented Millstreet Conhalthas Ceolteoiri Eireann had hit the high notes on continuing a terrific run to win u12 girls solo singing with splendid renditions of "Down Erin's Lovely Lee" and "Tandragree".
MC Noreen Meade hailed the talents of Maggie and fittingly rewarded on capturing the biggest prize in the land.
"Maggie began singing at four years of age, her talents developing from both sides of the house. No stranger to singing in public, emmerging in Cullen National School on participating at concerts, Scor and plays", she said.
"Maggie won her first competition at Cullen's Laitiarain Feis and enjoyed further success at Millstreet Feile Cheoil. And its been a remarkable journey in 2014, winning in Skibbereen, Killarney and Sligo to capture, Co, Munster and All Ireland honours".
"Cork weren't good enough to be in the hunt for the Sam Maguire or Liam McCarthy Cups but thankfully Maggie did Cork and Cullen proud", quipped Noreen.
Maggie commended all involved in the hosting, organised by Cullen GAA in association with Feis Lairiarnain and Cullen Hall Committee"
"Thanks to everyone for coming along, organising the event and especially a big thanks to my tutor Annmarie O'Riordan for her great guidance during the year", she said.
Maggie's dad John added his thanks to the personel behind the scenes. Of course, Maggie received a tumultous reception on performing the songs in addition to a number of duets with Annemarie O'Riordan made for a night of celebration in Cullen.
All cross sections of the Cullen Community were represented at the function in addition to representatives and friends drawn from Knocknagree Ladies Football and Millstreet Comhalthas Ceolteioirí Eireann.