'MINI FLEADH' and Final Class of the Year 2005

30 March 2005
Portglenone CCE Branch recently held their Under age 'Mini Fleadh'. It is aimed at young musicians who are in preparation for the upcoming County Antrim Fleadh in May/June time. The competition takes the format of the normal Fleadh, the only difference being that it is mainly for Under 10 musicians but Over 10's can play for the experience. The main priority of the event is to give these young and enthusiastic musicians the chance to perform in front of an audience and an adjudicator. There are a variety of awards to be won in a number of instrument categories for example Fiddle, Tin Whistle and Accordion as well as Most Promising Musician.
The trophies were presented by past Portglenone CCE Tin Whistle and Flute tutor, Maureen Quinn (nee Mc Crystal), at the last branch class before Easter. Instead of the normal class, the evening took the shape of a concert in the hall of St Mary's Primary School, with each tutor and their students playing a few selected tunes which they have learned over the past year.
Congratulations to all the musicians who took part and made the 'Mini Fleadh' and the last class of the year very enjoyable for everyone. Many thanks to Maureen Quinn for adjudicating and to Geraldine Donnelly, Tony Convery, Sean & Noreen Graham and Eamon Graham for helping out with the running of the event. Also, many thanks to local parish priest, Fr Aidan Keenan, for the use of the parish Loft where the 'Mini Fleadh' was held and to Mr Brady, Principal of St Mary's Primary School, for the use of the facilities over the year to hold the classes on Monday evenings. We look forward to their continued support next year.