In case that you missed it, the last weekend of June (28-30 June) was the 2013 Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada as part of the Gaeltacht Thuaisceart An Oileáin Úir that was held both in Tamworth and at the Days Inn and Conference Centre in Kingston (Dún Laoghaire), Ontario. For detailed information check: http://www.oireachtas.ca/forbhreathnu-bea.shtml
During the three-day event, the most exciting is the one held on the Saturday, at the Tamworth site. There is where all the competitions are held; competitions are grouped as follows:
|Tamworth. Photo courtesy C. Hamm|
Speaking: Oration, Story Telling, Poetry Recitation, Pair Dialogue
Writing: Poetry, Prose, Learning Books and Aids
Singing: Sean Nós Singing, Singing in Irish (not Sean Nós), Individual, Choir, Lúibíní
Music: Harp, Uilleann Pipes, Céilí Bands
Dancing: Sean Nós, Set Dancing
Several CCE Ottawa members actively participated at the Oireachtas, in music, speaking, Sean Nós dancing, Singing, and Set Dancing. At the end of a Saturday where the rain held off for the most part of the day (began to rain as the participants were heading off to the Banquet in Kingston!), the Ottawa group fared quite well.
Ellen MacIsaac’s Celtic Choir, took the first place (Gold medal) on the Choir competition, the Ottawa Céilí Band took the first price in their category, Ellen MacIsaac took the 2nd place (Silver medal) in the Corn Mhic ConCharraige competition, the Sean Nós competition for those who have already won the open Sean Nós competition. Emilie Funston took 3rd place on Sean Nós dancing, Patrick Scott took the 1st Annual Bob Ely award for Poetry Recitation, and the CCE Ottawa Set Dancers took the first place on Set Dancing.
Ellen Singing and Medals. Photo courtesy of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada
|Pat Scott reciting. Photo courtesy C. Hamm|
|Pat Scott receiving the Bob Ely Award. Photo courtesy of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada|
Ottawa Céilí Band. Photo courtesy C. Hamm
|CCE Ottawa Set Dancers. Photo courtesy C. Hamm|
Congratulations to everyone who competed, regardless of the result!
|Two of our dancers, Emilie Funston and Melanie Courtemanche with their winning medals! Photo courtesy of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada|