Galway Fleadh 2003

       Congratulations to the 57 members who competed at the Co. Galway Fleadh in Ballinasloe on the 17th/18th of May. We had four ceili bands and for the first time two grupai cheoil competing in the group competitions. It was our most sucessful year yet with two 1st and a 2nd in the band competitions and a 1st and 3rd in the grupai cheoil competition. Well done to all the group tutors and branch officers for their hard work in the weeks before the fleadh and to all the parents for their support. The Connacht Fleadh is in Swinford on July 5th/6th where our branch will once again be well represented.


Under 9 Fiddle 2nd Kate Forde,
Comhra Gaeilge 9-11
3rd Rosemary Burke, 11-13 4th Michael Burke,

Under 12

B.Acc. 2nd Gerard Forde, 3rd Nicola Murphy, Banjo 2nd David Howley, Mandolin 2nd David Howley, Bodhran 3rd Padraic Stapleton, Drums 1st Padraic Stapleton, 3rd Garry Curley, Piano 1st Gerard Forde, Irish Singing 1st Rosemary Burke, English Singing 2nd Rosemary Burke, Trio 2nd Gerard & Maeve Forde, David Howley, Ceili Bands 2nd

12- 15

Fiddle 2nd Clare Forde, Flute 3rd Michael Burke, Tin Whistle 1st Ciara Stapleton, Banjo 2nd Martin James Howley, Mandolin 2nd Martin James Howley, Bodhran 3rd Ciara Stapleton, Drums 1st Ciara Stapleton, 2nd Shane Curley, Flute Slow Airs 2nd Ciara Stapleton, Whistle Slow Airs 1st Ciara Stapleton, Piano 3rd Ferdie Whelan, Miscellaneous 1st Martin James Howley, Ceili Band 1st Grupai Cheoil 3rd


B.Acc. 1st Edel Hynes, Drums 3rd Lourda Kennedy, Piano 3rd Denise Costello, Trio 2nd Clare Forde, Lisa Whelan, Martin James Howley, Ceili Band 1st, Grupai Cheoil 1st,

       The following members from the branch competed at the Galway Fleadh, Niamh and Joseph Regan, Niamh, Aoife and Sinead Gardiner, Kate, Maeve, Gerard and Clare Forde, Alan and Ciara Ward, Celine, Aine and Grace Callanan, Neil and Siobhan Gardiner, Sarah Lyons, Rachel Cannon, Mary and Laura Mitchell, Emma and Rachel Ward, Regina Halpin, Rosemary and Michael Burke, Eoin and Mary Connaughton, Robert and Denise Costello, Shane and Garry Curley, Shelia and Peter Forde, David and Martin James Howley, Edel, Brendan and Cliona Hynes, Lourda Kennedy, Sheena and Ferdie Whelan, Caroline Murphy, Kristine and Martina O Neill, Jack and Kate Sherry, Ciara and Padraic Stapleton, Lisa Whelan, Shane Concannon, Niamh Coughlan, Brian Egan, Fiona Fahy, Bernadette Nilan, Vivien Towolowi, Eanna Fahy, Claire Ryan,