Community spirit- Kinawley&Derrylin team up for Fleadh

Community spirit is alive and well in south Fermanagh as Derrylin and Kinawley came together and pulled off a hugely successful Fermanagh Fleadh. 
In previous years it has been left to one town or village to host the event, but this year, Derrylin and Kinawley combined to put on a feast of traditional music and dance.
Around 400 competitors took part in the competitions, while thousands of people enjoyed the music and craic at various events across the two villages over the weekend.
Angela Gunn, chairwoman of the Fermanagh Fleadh said the event was a huge success and she is delighted with how the two branches came together. 
“We had lovely weather, large crowds at all of the events and we are delighted with how it went. The opening concert was a huge success and Kinawley Hall was full to capacity and it was a great night. The two communities worked really well together, and I would like to thank both of the branches for their hard work and dedication. It was a large event, and it was really well supported by both communities. 
“Our local volunteers came out in large numbers and they were always there when we needed them. We needed all of the help, and they were truly wonderful. They demonstrated that there is so much community spirit in Derrylin and Kinawley.”
Angela added it would not be possible to hold the event without help from the Council, the Arts Council and the Department of Communities, while she also thanked Steels Solutions, Encirc, Quinn Building Products and Brian McCaffery and Sons for their sponsorship.
“Our sponsors were wonderful in their support to us, and all of our local small businesses really got behind us too. 
“The young musicians who won at the weekend will now compete at Ulster Fleadh in Castlewellan at the end of July and we wish them all the very best.”

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