Success at All-Ireland Fleadh Success at All-Ireland Fleadh Success at All-Ireland Fleadh

The Fleadh in Enniscorthy started early for Ceoltoiri Crosskeys as the majority of the young players were taking part in the Scoil Eigse which runs the week before the Fleadh. During the week there were sessions in the main square and Ceili band and Grupai Cheoil practices were held at the Rugby Club. Many thanks to John for getting the groups together and putting them through their paces and to Bellefield Rugby Club for the use of their facilities.

What a dramatic weekend the Millennium Fleadh in Enniscorthy turned out to be. The unbelievable thunder and lightning of the Friday night and the great results achieved by our musicians. We had 29 players taking part in various solo and group competitions.

Saturday was a very hectic, but enjoyable day. By Saturday night we had claimed 4 first and 2 second places an outstanding achievement for the young musicians. Sunday was not going to be any easier as there was a clash of times with the Grupai Cheoil and the Marching Bands competitions. Six of the Ceoltoiri Crosskeys squad were involved in both events. It certainly gave the door stewards a bit of a headache. With a 3rd place clinched in the Senior Concert Flute competition, and the group having played, there was a hasty retreat to the Rugby Club for a quick change of uniform and then onto the GAA pitch for the Senior Flute Band competition.

With the band competitons complete and the results being totted, news filtered down from the 'Dome' that Ceoltoiri Crosskeys had taken first. This was followed shortly afterwards by a cheering sea of green onto the GAA pitch with the Cup. Celebrations were put on hold for the results of the band competition and to quote the adjudicator "and the winners of the blue riband event ... from the Green Glens of Antrim .. Cloney." It had been a 7 year wait for success but well worth it on the day. A double celebration for Co. Antrim and Crosskeys. With the Cloney pikemen at the front , Ceoltoiri Crosskeys and both sets of supporters at the back and with the overwhelming support from the crowd, the parade through Enniscorthy was one to be remembered especially the singing of the "Green Glens of Antrim" in the Square.

We would like to thank everyone who turned out for the Celebration Dinner in Toome a good night was enjoyed by all. A big thankyou to all who supported us throughout this very successful Millennium year and we look forward to your continued support for 2001.

Congratulations to Cloney for winning the Champion of Champions in Buncrana the weekend after the Fleadh. This is the first time all 3 titles, Ulster, All-Ireland and Champion of Champions has been held by the one band.

Below are a few snaps taken after the Grupai Cheoil results

Sheenagh collects the spoils

Do the parents feel the pressure !!!

Dessie chuffed or what ?

Derry supporters Club

Finnola - Just checking

Can I keep it ?

I think we enjoyed it !!

Does Enniscorthy know whats coming ??