The group ‘Iontas’ from Coola Post-Primary School, Riverstown, Co Sligo, were named winners of this year’s Siansa competition at the weekend.
The winners were announced at a special event in the National Concert Hall on Saturday where eight traditional music groups took to the stage to compete for the prize fund of €4,500.
This year’s winners ‘Iontas’, from Coola Post-Primary School in Sligo performed alongside; ‘Cóiriú’, St. Mary’s, Grammar School, Magherafelt, Co. Derry; ‘Na hÓgánaigh’, Coláistí Eoin & Íosagáin, Booterstown, Co. Dublin; ‘Na Rógairí’, Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan, Co. Dublin; ‘Glór Mhaigh Eo’, Castlebar, Co. Mayo; ‘Ceoltóirí Chnoc na Gaoithe’, Tulla, Co. Clare; ‘Lasair’, Mallow, Co. Cork and ‘Trioscar’, Co. Waterford.
The competition was judged by renowned musicians Mary Bergin, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and Niamh Ní Charra and Áine Hensey presented the event live on Raidió na Gaeltachta.
A prize of €2,500 was awarded to Iontas which consists of eight young musicians; Tomás Ó Gabháin, Shauna Ní Chuilinn, Conal Mac Cormaic, Colm Ó Tuathaigh, Síofra Ní Áinle, Dúlra Ní Áinle, Orlaith Ní Chionnaith and Stiofán Ó Maolagáin.
Glór Mhaigh Eo came in second place and were awarded €1,250 and in third place were students from St. Mary’s, Grammar School, Magherafelt, with their group Cóiriú with a prize of €750.
A CD of the music on the night will soon be released and special programme will air on TG4 on Wednesday, 23 April, at 9.30pm.
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