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Senior ceili band champions (from left) Emily McShane, Lindsay Buteaux, Erin Loughran, Blaithinn Loughran, Maeve Flanagan (holding trophy), Pamela Geraghty, Dylan Foley, Margaret Dudasik, Deirdre Brennan and Declan Crowley. (Photo by Debbie McShane)

Traditional Irish music fleadh thrives in Pearl River

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Senior ceili band champions (from left) Emily McShane, Lindsay Buteaux, Erin Loughran, Blaithinn Loughran, Maeve Flanagan (holding trophy), Pamela Geraghty, Dylan Foley, Margaret Dudasik, Deirdre Brennan and Declan Crowley. (Photo by Debbie McShane)

The comments were generally very helpful and supportive and knowledgeable, which justifies the extra expenditure especially when you consider importing Irish judges. 

However, when you hear music like I hear in concert in Fairfield from the four boyos and again at the Friday night ceili, that is a bonus all together for a fleadh committee that wants to take some risks with the objective of making for a better competition and event.

Coincidentally, on Saturday evening, there was a sod-turning at the Rockland GAA field less than a mile away from the fleadh attended by Consul General Niall Burgess, and appropriately enough Girsa who provided entertainment as Pearl River representatives. Plans are well underway for expansion of their facilities with support from Ireland for their goals (www.rocklandgaa.com).

Given the level of activity in Rockland County, no wonder many regard it as the 33rds County of Ireland. The future looks very bright indeed.

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