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All competition schedules have now been dispatched outlining your competition number, date, time and venue. If you have not received an email (check your spam/trash folders ) please get in touch with the office by email.  We look forward to welcoming you all to Sligo .

Competitors who Progressed (page 159) from the History of Sligo Feis Ceoil  - available in Liber Bookshop ,Sligo

50 Years on ....In 1967 the bursary competitions were adjudicated on by Dr. Brian Boydell and Joan Trimble, a Feis Ceoil prize-winner in previous years. The winner of the vocal prize was Thomas Morris. Dr. Boydell said that it was a great compliment to Messrs Player Wills and to Sligo Feis to have such a remarkably high standard of performance. In the instrumental bursary class Brian Mc Namara won and also took the Crichton Cup. Other winners were Ballina Orchestral Players, The Celtic Singers, Mary McDonagh double jig, St. Mary’s Ceili Band, conductor Bro. Flannan, Scoil Ursula Choir,Convent of Mercy, Singing Games in Irish, Barbara Crichton, The Murray Memorial Cup for Senior Piano.Edward Henry Junior Recitation and Deirdre Nangle of Castlebaldwin won the Classibawn Cup. Irene Conlon (Fleming) Temple Street won the O’Hara Perpetual Cup and Denise Lee, Cleveragh Road won the newly presented Yeats Cup kindly presented by Sheelagh Kirby
40 years on......There were 3,000 entries for the 1977 Feis.
The Bursary was won by Alison Browne, a 19 year old from Dublin. She also won the Committee Cup and Denis O’Sullivan Prize. The Junior Piano Duet was won by Fiona and Raymond Keaney, Breeogue and the Senior Song in Irish by Maeve Nadaraja. Dervilla Sloan, daughter of Ita Flynn won the Vera Munroe Cup and also The Jennie Wilson Cup for Intermediate Piano with her sister Darina.World Champion Dancer under 15 from Gurteen, Denise Sherlock, had many successes. Carole Coleman appears among prize-winners for the first time. Michele Fitzpatrick won The Intermediate Recitation and her brother Robert won The Junior Recitation .Shane Mitchell featured in the prize-winners in the Irish Dancing section alongside The O’Connor Family, Ballymote and Paul Taheny, Riverstown.Shane is a member of the very successful Dervish which has achieved worldwide acclaim.
In 1985 Lorna Horan added the Juvenile Violin prize to that of Juvenile Piano. Regina Nathan’s progress to musical renown was demonstrated by wins in Denis O’Sullivan, Solo Light Opera and Italian Composers Prizes. The Sligo Cup was won by Brendan Power who came all the way from Bandon. Pauline Bourke from Arklow won the £1000 Premium Award and Marie Kelly, Dublin the Feis Ceoil Cup.The Tiny Tots Cup was won by Maria McGarry, Ballyhaunis.
 Gail Henry- Radio Producer RTElyricfm"Participation in the Feis is character building and strengthening. You have to learn how to present yourself and your music, to learn how to conquer nerves, to be able to receive positive and negative feedback from the international adjudication panel and to improvise and keep going through adversity. I would strongly advocate participation for all young artists".
James Nelson- THE CELTIC TENORS - from Sligo, a BA., B.Mus (Hons) graduate from UCD, and a student of David Harper (UK), Britta Sundberg (Sweden) and Edith Forrest & Dr Veronica Dunne (Ireland).Highlights from an oratorio repertoire include Frank Martin’s “Golgotha” in Bern and Zürich Cathedrals, “L’Enfance du Christ” (Berlioz) alongside Katia Ricciarelli in Rome and Florence etc."As long as you have prepared well and you view competitions as a means of bettering your performance, then competitions can be a positive exercise.   more
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