American-Irish musicians again this year demonstrated mastery of traditional music at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, held recently at Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
The Bronx’s Sean Tierney, of the Michael Rafferty Branch, captured the All-Ireland Championship for Flute Under 12, a feat also performed some years ago by another pupil of Sean’s teacher, Jack Coen, the renowned Joanie Madden.
Patrick Mangan of Brooklyn, a member of the Michael Coleman Branch and student of Brian Conway, himself an All-Ireland champion, took the Fiddle championship in the 12 to 15 age group, adding to the Under-12 crown he had already won.
Mariah Reilly of Queens and the Martin Mulvihill Branch, won third place for Flute in the 15 to 18 age group.
The Washington, D.C.-Virginia area’s O’Neill-Malcom Branch’s Brendan Callahan won second place for Fiddle Slow Airs and third rd place for Fiddle, both in 15 to 18, and teamed with fellow branch member Aran Olwell for third place in the 15 to 18 duets.
Detroit’s Crotty-Doran Branch was ably represented by Tyler Duncan, All-Ireland champion on the Uilleann Pipes, 12 to 15, who teamed with Jeremy Kittel to take third place in Duets, 12-15, and by the Crotty-Doran Grupai Cheoil who captured second place in the 15 to 18 age group.
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Sean Ryan, of Chicago’s Irish Musicians Association, won the third place medal in the Senior Flute competition and two Senior second place medals, for Uilleann Pipes and Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs.
And Eileen Gannon, of the St. Louis Irish Arts branch of Comhaltas, captured a prestigious second place medal in the Senior Harp competition.