Kildare woman takes second place at national festival

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Kildare woman wins national title

Úna Ní Fhlatharta, from Kilmacredock, took second prize in the senior Seán-Nós dancing competition at the recent Oireachtas Festival in Killarney.

Úna Ní Fhlatharta, from Kilmacredock, Co.Kildare took second prize in the senior Seán-Nós dancing competition at the recent Oireachtas Festival in Killarney, which ran from November 2 - 6. 

The annual Oireachtas Festival is a mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts and this year’s competitions again received a huge number of entrants aged from 6 years to 68.

The range of competitions included storytelling, sean-nós dancing and singing, and the famous Lúibíní competition in which two people perform a rhyming story through song.

The highlights of this years festival included the newly composed piece by Peadar Ó Riada, entitled I gCuimhne Laochra (Remembering Heroes), that was commissioned by An tOireachtas as part of their 1916 commemortations.

“The creation and performance of Irish Language Drama is a very important aspect of Irish culture” says Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of An tOireachtas.  “In this Centenary year when we think of the effect that play writes such as Lady Gregory, Yeats and O Casey had on this country, it is vital that we keep this dramatic torch burning brightly, as a way of exploring, expressing and entertaining ourselves.”