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In Pictures: Laois dancers look forward to All Ireland Fleadh after huge success in Leinster

Leinster Fleadh Portlaoise

Dancers from Ratheniska and Portlaoise Comhaltas are looking forward to competing in the All Ireland Fleadh in Mullingar  following huge success at Fleadh Cheoil Laighean (Leinster Fleadh) which was held last weekend in Portlaoise.

This year’s Leinster Fleadh was hosted by Portlaoise CCÉ. The competitions began on Friday and continued until Sunday evening.

It was a fantastic weekend from start to finish, with outstanding results from all the Laois Comhaltas groups participating – music, singing and dancing.

The Irish Dancing Figure Competitions were held in St Mary’s CBS Portlaoise where large crowds attended to watch both céili dancing and set dancing.

Dancers from the Buggie School of Irish Dancing represented Ratheniska Comhaltas and Portlaoise Comhaltas, under the tuition of Gráinne Buggie and Bríd-Ann Buggie.

Ratheniska CCÉ

  • 1st Place – U-12 8-Hand Céilí
  • 1st Place – U-12 4-Hand

Both teams through to the All-Ireland Fleadh which will be held in Mullingar next month.

Dancers Names: Ellie-Mae O’Connor, Fiona Buggie, Chloe Ní Lochlainn, Violet Kruger-O’Connell, Sophie Ellis, Millie-Ann Buggie, Freya Carroll, Emma McDonald and Heidi Mulhall.

Portlaoise CCÉ

  • 1st Place – U-18 8-Hand Céilí
  • 1st Place – U-15 4-Hand
  • 2nd Place – U-18 4-Hand
  • 2nd Place – U-15 8-Hand Céilí

Dancers Names: Hannah Guinan, Emma Killeen, Alison Dalton, Aishling Mills, Aoife Gorman, Kate Sheridan, Emma Stapleton, Keira Gorman, Niamh Kehoe, Isobel Delaney, Kirsten White, Jane Foley, Emily Trainor and Roisin White.

The All Ireland Fleadh begins on Sunday, July 31, in Mullingar and takes place until August 7.

Dancers from the U-18 Ladies Céilí Competition who represented Portlaoise Comhaltas – 1st Place at the Leinster Fleadh
Céilí dancers who represented Portlaoise Comhaltas at the Leinster Fleadh – Winning 1st Place in the Under 18 Céilí, 1st Place U-15 4-Hand, 2nd Place U-18 4-Hand, 2nd Place U-15 Céilí – all teams through to the All Ireland Fleadh in Mullingar, representing Laois and Leinster
Kate Sheridan, Stradbally – Representing Portlaoise Comhaltas and through to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Mullingar next month – Kate won two 1st place medals and two 2nd place medals as part of the figure dancing teams at Fleadh Cheoil Laighean in Portlaoise
Fleadh Laighean U-12 Céilí Champions and 4-Hand Champions – representing Ratheniska Comhaltas winning 1st place in the 8-Hand Céilí competition and 1st place in the 4-Hand competition

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