Comórtas fidle: Bonn Óir Seán Ó Riada

Fiddle competition: Seán Ó Riada Gold medal & €2500 for winner 

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcaster and musician Peadar Ó Riada has announced that the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2022 competition is now open for entries, and that this year’s contest is for fiddle.  Friday 23 September is the deadline for entries.  

The Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal Competition is an annual traditional music competition, focused on a different instrument every year, run by Peadar Ó Riada through his Cuireadh chun Ceoil radio programme.  The winner will be presented with the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal and €2500.   

Some of the country’s top fiddle talent features in the list of previous winners of the Ó Riada Gold Medal, including Aoife Ní Bhriain, Dublin, who won the competition in its inaugural year, Darragh Curtin, from Brosna in Kerry who won in 2015, and Rebecca McCarthy-Kent from Tramore in Waterford who won in 2019.  

Peadar Ó Riada says:
“The competition is going from strength to strength every year, and musicians have spoken to us time and time again of the wonderfully supportive and friendly atmosphere of the final.  We’ve come to know musicians from around the world through the competition, and we’re looking forward to getting to know more great fiddlers this year.” 

Fifteen finalists will be chosen from the competition entrants, and invited to compete in the final in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork in the new year.   

To enter the competition, musicians must: 

  • Record 5 sets of tunes
    (They can be recorded on computer or phone, studio quality is not required) 
  • Register at  
  • Upload the sets to the website by Friday 23 September   

The finalists will be announced on the Cuireadh chun Ceoil programme live from the Éigse Dhiarmuidín festival in early December. 

The competition is sponsored by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Iontaobhas Fódhla, Gael Linn, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, IMRO and the Rochestown Park Hotel.   

September - 13 - 2022


Fleadh Cheoil Laigheann 2022

Fleadh Launch invitation

And below here is some information received regarding the Competitions

We wish all competitors in the fleadh the very best of luck in the competitions and more importantly a very enjoyable experience.

June - 24 - 2022


St Patricks day dancing dream team

Check out this mighty team of dancers who took Clara by storm during the this years St’Patricks day parade!

Here are most of the the gang together with the one and only Bertie Mc’Mahon

April - 8 - 2022


Lá feile Naomh Padraig 2022

This year our branch took to the streets of Clara where we always receive a great welcome, to take part in the annual St’Patricks day parade. We had a great bunch of step and set dancers giving it socks backed up with lively music blasting our from our float full of musicians, here are a few pictures.

Following the fun and frolics in Clara then it was onwards to our friends in the Carmelite Nursing home in Moate before finishing off the evening with a few tunes and dancing in the Thatch pub, Rahan. Thanks to all involved.

March - 19 - 2022


Covid restrictions update Feb 22

A full list of guidelines removed and current public health advice can be found by
accessing: – COVID-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing our Recovery and Reconnecting (

March - 2 - 2022


Scholarship Scheme funded by Foras na Gaeilge for adult Gaeltacht courses

A chara,
Táim ar bís le fógairt go bhfuil ár Scéim Scoláireachtaí atá maoinithe ag Foras na Gaeilge do chúrsa Gaeltachta do dhaoine fásta oscailte anois agus tá scoláireachtaí ar luach €200 le bronnadh againn. Má tá fonn ort cur isteach ar an scéim is féidir leat gach píosa eolais a fháil ANSEO agus is é spriocdháta le hiarratas a chur isteach ná 17.00 Dé Máirt 1ú Márta 2022. Chomh maith leis sin, táimid iontach sásta go bhfuil ár gCúrsaí Gaeltachta i nGaoth Dobhair ar ais an samhradh seo agus is féidir leat clárú anois ar líne ANSEO. Tá lán fáilte romhat an t-eolas seo a scaipeadh le daoine eile a bhfuil suim acu cuairt a thabhairt ar an nGaeltacht.

*I am excited to announce that are Scholarship Scheme funded by Foras na Gaeilge for adult Gaeltacht courses is now open and we have scholarships valued at €200 to award. If you would like to apply for a scholarship you can find all that information HERE and the deadline to apply is 17.00 Tuesday 1st of March 2022. We are also very happy that our Adult Gaeltacht Courses in Gaoth Dobhair are back this summer and you can register online now HERE. More than welcome to share this information with anyone hoping to visit the Gaeltacht.
TUILLEADH EOLAIS | MORE INFO:Scoláireachtaí |áireachtaí22Gaeltacht 2022:
Má tá aon cheist agat ná bíodh aon drogall ort teagmháil a dhéanamh liom – if you’ve any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Beir bua,Ian

February - 23 - 2022


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