Fred Finn Branch C.C.E. 

 The John Egan Traditional Music Festival 2006

A highly successful Ballintogher Feis has just concluded. Judging of the art competition took place on Friday October 27th .There was a substantial entry with all the local schools represented.

On Sunday October 29th the dancing competitions were held in the Abbey Manor Hotel, Dromahair. The Ballintogher Community Centre was unavailable due to renovation work. Dancers came from all over the North West and Northern Ireland. 

The music and singing competitions were also held in the Abbey Manor Hotel, Dromahair and also attracted performers from a wide area. 

The beautiful village of Ballintogher County Sligo, hosted the 8th Annual John Egan Traditional Music Festival on the weekend starting Friday 3rd November 2006.

The weekend began on Friday night, with the official opening of the festival in the Abbey Manor Hotel, Dromahair, followed by a traditional concert.

The Official opening was performed by Jim McGarry Cathaoirleach Comhairle Chontae

The concert featured all the workshop tutors for the weekend plus musicians,dancers and singers from the Fred Finn Branch of Comhaltas and a host of musicians from the Sligo Leitrim area. 


On Saturday November 5th, a series of workshops were organised to give people an opportunity to learn dancing steps, improve their skills on a musical instrument, or learn some songs

Workshop tutors were:

Fiddle Erin McGeown
Flute Catherine McEvoy
Whistle Colm O'Donnell
Concertina Michael O'Raghallaigh
Harp Lindsay Moynagh
Button Accordeon Martin Donoghue
Banjo Jarlath Brennan
Drums   Darragh Kelly
Singing Frank Finn

Following the workshops there was a singing session in Higgins Lounge at 4.30 pm and this proved very enjoyable. On the Saturday night there was a full house for the ceili at which the Swallow's Tail Ceili Band provided the music.

After a lapse of many years, the famous fiddle competition, "The Fiddler of Dooney", was revived and took place on Sunday 5th November in Ballintogher community centre. 
There was a junior and senior competition and both proved to be very exciting events. 

The winners were :

Senior Competition
1st Tara Breen, Ennis, Co. Clare
2nd Michael Harrison, Tipperary
3rd Ronan Greene, Galway
Junior Competition (U-16
1st Mairead Hickey, Cork

2nd (joint)

Ruadhari McAodhaghain, Dublin,
Caoimhe Kearns, Ballymote

Rose Ferguson, Newry

Once again the John Egan Festival proved to be a very enjoyable affair and plans are already underway for the 2007 event

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