Comhraigh Ceol Finale 2005
On May 11, 2005, the second Comhraigh Ceol finale took place at the Liberty Hall in Dublin. Since the best of them all, Mandy Byrnes, was in charge of the whole project again, it not only was a major success but also we can keep you informed rather thoroughly.
This starts with the beautiful stage setup - if you really want to hear a good story that incidently proves the flexible, targeted work of Mandy, ask her how the props came to the Liberty Hall. We had six finalists performing and we had a prominent group of judges:
Christine Keenan from the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, Eilis Lennon of the famous Lennon family, piper Terry Moyen, Sean Potts for the Sunday Independent and Niall Toner from IMRO, who has a great new album out on his own. Our host was one of Ireland's best-known broadcasters, RTÉ's Donncha O'Dulaing.
The winner of the competition was a group of young Dubliners, none older than 20 years, named Dullamalog. The entertainment was enriched by a guest spot with last year's winners, The Border Collies, the O'Brien Dancers and Patsy Watchorn and the Rare Auld Times Band.
Patsy's appearance was even more impressive than last year, if that is at all possible. He was delivering The Ferryman, Flight of Earls, Isle Of Innisfree and Dublin In The Rare Auld Times to a mesmerized crowd. Many folks had come in particularly for Patsy, like a whole group of US tourists who had purchased tickets on the spot when seeing Patsy's name advertised. The winner and runners-up of the competition were blown away by the level of professionalism Patsy delivered and were asking themselves: Will we be on a stage 40 years from now or will we be forgotten? We reply here what Mandy replied that night: If you work on your career, if you take care of your talents, if you love what you do, you will be here. And we will be here to support true Irish music just like we have for all of these years.
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