Offaly choirs win big at 2019 Feis Ceoil choir competition

Justin Kelly

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Two Offaly choirs have picked up awards at the 2019 Feis Cheoil and School Choir of the Year competitions in the RDS.

The girls from Sacred Heart School in Tullamore picked up the overall award in the 'School Choir - Unison' section while the Tullamore Stage School won the 'Junior Choirs - Unison' competition.

The Tullamore Stage School girls also placed second in the Sacred Music category. Both choirs advanced to the Grand Final which took place on Tuesday evening.

The overall ESB School Choir of the Year was later revealed after a mammoth day of performance and festivities in Dublin. St. Brigid's National School, Castleknock were named the overall winner, picking up the coveted trophy and a €3,000 prize.

Feis Ceoil is an annual festival organised before Easter each year in Dublin and comprises almost 200 competitions, attracting over 5,000 participants from all over the island of Ireland.

“The Feis holds a special place in the heart of Irish musicians,” said Laura Gilsenan, CEO of Feis Ceoil.

”Our competitors inspire us all with their passion, commitment and dedication, and many of them go on to make successful careers in music. Performance experience with independent feedback from an international adjudicator can be an important step on the path to being a musician.”

The ESB Feis Ceoil, which hosts competitions in singing as well as a range of classical instruments, runs from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 12.