Belfast Telegraph

Ards performance is music to the ears

By Dave Whelan

MUSICIANS in Ards certainly struck the right note when they wowed organisers and brought home silverware from this year's All Ireland Fleadh in Londonderry.

Ards CCE's Davy Lennon became the only the fifth member in over 40 years to bring an All Ireland senior medal back to Ards when he came third in the section for 'newly composed tunes'.

His beautiful tune named The White Dove, celebrates one of the most iconic events in the history of Ulster civilisation with the journey of Columbanus to Europe and his subsequent departure from Bangor in 590AD.

An untimely throat infection for Davy meant that the Fleadh could have hit a bum note for the group and they were left wondering what might have been when he had to withdraw from the 'senior singing' competition, where he had every chance of coming first.

Thankfully the group held strong and were able to top off an incredible weekend when they were invited to perform their award winning show of music and dance on the main Gig Rig in Victoria Market to over 500 spectators. Organisers of the festival enjoyed the show so much that they made space for an additional performance from the group at the small stage in Ebrington Barracks, but unfortunately other commitments meant the group had to refuse.

Ards CCE have a busy schedule in the coming months and have planned performances at major venues such as Crumlin Jail, Clandeboye Estate, The Grand Opera House and negotiations are underway to bring the group to Canada or the USA.

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