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Ceannródaithe Awards Gala Dinner

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Ceannródaithe Awards Gala Dinner

August 2 @ 7:30 pm

Ceannródaithe Awards Gala Dinner

Bloomfield House Hotel

Tuesday 2 August 2022 7:30pm

Price €35

Awardees: Mick Foster, Noel Battle, Sarah Ghriallais, Helena Rowsome, Pádraig Sinnott


‘Ceannródaí na Fleidhe’ Máirt, 2 Lúnasa, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022

Bardic Awards Ceremony, Bloomfield House Hotel 7.30 p.m.

Five  Bardic Awardees are honoured as ‘Ceannródaí na Fleidhe 2022’ by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for their special contribution to Irish Traditional Music and CCÉ. The ceremony incorporates a seated dinner, the presentations, and performances by the awardees.


Pádraig Sinnott, the Wexford uilleann piper from Bolavouge, has been involved in Irish Traditional Music and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann from a very young age. Pádraig, who is also a highly accomplished whistle player, performs regularly locally, often with his wife Brigid, at various cultural events which attract international visitors. A music teacher, adjudicator and Comhaltas Concert Tour artist Pádraig has also been central to the development of the Fr. Murphy Centre Archive in Boolavogue.


Helena Rowsome is the daughter of Dublin Piper Leo Rowsome, founding member of CCÉ. Leo, a remarkably talented piper and pipe maker,  was the third generation of the Rowsome family uilleann pipers; piping now passed onto the sixth generation. Helena, who plays the whistle,  has been to the fore in researching Leo’s unique contribution to Irish Traditional Music as a master piper, teacher and  pipe-maker and has been instrumental in the publication of his manuscripts.


Sarah Ghriallais; Tá clú agus cáil ar fud na tíre agus na cruinne ar Sarah mar amhránaí ar an sean nós den scoth leis na blianta fada anuas. Bhuaigh Sarah Corn Uí Riada, den chéad uair sa bhliain 1984 agus i mbliana bronnadh Gradam Ceoil TG4 Amhránaí na Bliana uirthi. From Muiceanach Idir Dhá Sháile in the Connemara Gaeltacht Sarah Ghriallais has been recognised as a sean nós singer of exceptional talent and integrity for over four decades; the Griallais family has  a unique record of Corn Uí Riada titles spanning two generations. Sarah has featured on may television and radio broadcasts, and recordings, was the 2017 Sean-nós singer in residence in NUIG.


Mick Foster, a multi All Ireland Piano Accordion Title Champion has been a member of CCÉ and regular Fleadh ‘goer’ since the early 1960s. He learnt Irish traditional music from Frank Gavigan, the 1962 All-Ireland Button Accordion Champion. With  and his wife Moyra Fraser Foster, (Fr. Gavigan CCÉ, Rathconrath Branch Secretary)  he is well known for his ‘Mick Foster and Friends’  ‘Gunnnings Sessions’ Fleadh Sessions, Concert  and Gig Rig performances.

Mick Foster is also known nationwide and internationally as part of the famed Foster and Allen; throughout his international touring, recording, tv and radio broadcasts he has consistently spoken  to his love of traditional music, and his volunteer involvement with Comhaltas.


Noel Battle’s, the legendary organ player, is a native of Mullingar. His reputation as one of the true master Irish Traditional musicians extends throughout Ireland and internationally. Noel has won a record 12 All-Ireland Titles, has toured with CCÉ, and performed at the Willlie Clancy Week Mouth-Organ recital. Noel with his daughter Carol have been part of the local Mullingar music scene, playing at local community events, and church services in Mullingar and hinterland. Noel’s membership of CCÉ spans six decades as active member of the local Branch of CCÉ; he is the current Cathaoirleach of CCÉ, An Muileann gCearr.



August 2
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