All-Ireland results 2014, Sligo

Of particular note for North Clare are these results.

Kilfenora – 1st for Jessica Nea in U12 piano, 2nd for Tara Howley in senior uillean pipes. Both come from well-known music families. Tara’s sisters Sharon and Eimear both play with the Kilfenora Céilí Band, and Eimear was senior banjo winner in 2010. Jessica’s father Colin won All-Ireland on button accordion in 1993-4, and her grandmother and great grand-mother were both pianists and music coaches to the Kilfenora Céilí Band.

Jessica All-Ireland U12 piano champion low res

Corofin – 1st for the Burren Céilí Band U15 and U18, coached by Garry Shannon of the Kilfenora Céilí Band; Inis Og Céilí Band got 3rd in U12; Cathal Corbett was 1st in U18 mandolin; Conor O’Loughlin and Conor Arkins (also from well-known music families) got places in concertina and fiddle slow airs.

Ennistimon – Arlene O’Sullivan was 1st in U15 mouth organ.

Particularly noteworthy are the achievements of Fergal Breen (U18) – 1st in both flute and whistle, and 2nd in uillean pipes.


These are the results for all Clare competitors in places 1-3 atFleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2014.

Fiddle – Paul Farren 1st U15 (Ennis), Rosa Carroll – 3rd U15 (Tulla)

Fiddle Slow Airs – Conor Arkins 3rd Senior

Flute U18 and Whistle U18 – Fergal Breen 1st (Doora Barefield)

Concertina – Rachel O’Dea 1st U12 (Ennis) and Aisling Lyons 1st U18 (Tulla), with Conor O’Loughlin 2nd U18 (Corofin)

Uillean pipes – Fergal Breen 2nd U18, Tara Howley 2nd Senior (Kilfenora)

Uillean pipes slow airs – Isabel Kileen 3rd U12 (Crusheen)

Harp – Eimear Coughlan 1st Senior (Tulla), Kate Meaney 3rd U12 (Lissycasey), Cara Ni Chiarba 3rd U15 (Shannon)

Harp slow airs – Eimear Coughlan 1st Senior

Mouth Organ – Arlene O’Sullivan 1st U15 (Ennistimon), Pauline Callinan 2nd Senior (Crusheen)

Banjo – David Hegarty 1st U15 (Cloughleigh), Donagh O’Sullivan 2nd U12 (Tulla)

Mandolin – Cathal Corbett 1st U18 (Corofin)

Piano – Jessica Nea 1st U12 (Kilfenora), Sean Doherty 2nd U15 (Ennis)

Melodeon – Caoimhe Millar1st Senior (Kilmihil), Aisling Hehir 1st U15 (Kilrush), Liam Browne 2nd U12 (Kilrush)

The complete results may be found here. All Ireland 2014 Results

Munster Fleadh results 2014

Well done our competitors in this year’s Munster Fleadh. These are the results for Kilfenora CCE.

  • Eimear Howley coached the winning U12 Grupai Ceoil from Crusheen, her sister Tara came second in the senior uillean pipes.
  • Jessica Nea will go to the Fleadh Ceoil for the second year running, competing in U12 piano and accompaniment. She will be joined by Ada Kenny for her U12 Sean Nos dancing, and Laura Griffey playing her viola in the U12 Miscellaneous category.
  • Niamh Kennedy will also compete in Sean Nos dance (U15).

The U12 Inis Og ceili band, and the U15 and U18 Burren Ceili bands also go through to the finals, along with various friends from neighbouring Corofin CCE and Ennistymon CCE. Congratulations in particular to outright winners Conor O’Loughlin (U18 concertina) and Conor Arkins (senior fiddle slow airs) upholding their family traditions.

The full results can be downloaded as a PDF at