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Day Two


of the All-





Patrick Ballantyne gives us a summary of the first day of competitions.

Welcome to St. Helens

29th of June 2024

“The All-Britain Fleadh kicked off in style with a mayoral opening ceremony, with attendees including Mayor Cllr Jeanette Banks. The guests gathered to mark the official commencement of the festivities, setting the stage for an unforgettable day ahead. The event also welcomed the Irish General Consulate of Ireland from Manchester, with Consul General Sarah Mangan in attendance, underscoring the significance of this cultural exchange and collaboration.We also welcome our new Uachtarán Attracta Brady who was recently nominated at Comhaltas 2024 Annual Congress


I want to say a massive congratulations to Máire Doolin and Margaret Webster for winning the Gradam Seirbhise award. Followed by Karen Ryan, Anna O’Hare and Barbra Aherne for being awarded the Gradam na hEigse. Thank you for giving back to your branch and Comhaltas in Britain. Their volunteerism is testament to the time and effort over decades by our volunteer network, underscoring the invaluable contributions of volunteers who have fueled the Fleadh's continuation over the years. 


The day of competitions unfolded seamlessly, with our volunteers making sure that everything was running according to plan. Across the campus, there were multiple competitors darting from one venue to another to compete in our multiple group competitions. A notable highlight emerged with the historic debut of the first-ever marching band entry from the Irish Minstrels branch, a testament to the Fleadh's evolving traditions. 


Upstairs to the food hall, competitors and guests were greeted by an array of stalls, including Belfast Trad, 3D print3d, Squeezebox, and PJ Music. We also had our Gaeilge Officer Evin O Dunaigh running a very successful Seomra na Gaeilge (Irish Language Stall). Evin will be there tomorrow if you fancy learning anything about the Irish language. 


Yet, true to tradition, the day is far from over as guests are now in Carmel College for a lively session of music. Reaffirming the Fleadh's status as not just a musical event but a gathering and connection through the shared love for Irish culture and community.”

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