Westmeath’s fantastic fleadh four
Westmeath not only distinguished itself last week by hosting one of the most successful fleadhs ever, the county's representatives also excelled in competition winning four All Ireland titles.
Westmeath enhanced its reputation as one of the country's leading set dancing counties with two titles. Bunbrosna won the over 35 mixed set dancing competition, while St Joseph's, Streamstown won the ladies 15-18 competition. Mullingar Shamrocks also added another dancing title to its roll of honour winning the four hand céilí dancing competition.
As well as entertaining people during the fleadh, Mullingar Town Band also won the over 18 miscellaneous marching band competition.
Westmeath's other competitors also gave a good account of themselves, winning medals in seven competitions.
Ballynacargy claimed a second place (ladies 12-15) and two thirds (ladies U12) and (ladies 15-18) in the set dancing competitions, while Anna Dunleavy, a member of the under 12 set dancing team also won a bronze medal in the guitar competition in the under 12 accompaniment section. Ballynacargy CCE's Gareth Dempsey was also among the medals, finishing third in the over 18 piano accordion competition.
Kilbeggan's Thomas Wrafter, who played on the Gig Rig 2 with his family on Wednesday night, won a bronze medal in the 12-15 bodhrán competition.