11 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan town had plenty to celebrate at the weekend when the annual Féile Oriel attracted the crowds to its many and varied events, where an upbeat atmosphere pervaded despite the occasional moodiness of the weather.
And our picture by Rory Geary shows someone with plenty to celebrate after winning the coveted 2012 Senior Fiddler of Oriel title: Nuala McBride from Trillick, Co Tyrone. A delighted Nuala is presented with the Charlie McGuinness Cup by Charlie himself and his son Darragh, while internationally renowned fiddler player Gerry O’Connor (left), looks on.
Meanwhile, Magheracloone’s Aine McGrane went home with the Alice Corr Cup after being named winner of the 2012 Junior Fiddler of Oriel Title.
The festival provided a welcome boost for the local economy as musicians from near and far kept the sessions bubbling in supporting venues across the county town.
Concerts in the Market House and the Westenra’s late-night Club na Féile topped the bill, while the varied programme of events for young and old included radio broadcasts, outdoor sessions, the Gael Linn recordings shop, the ‘Come Try an Instrument’ store, the busking competition and a number of special attractions for the children.
The organising committee are sounding a big note of thanks to the many volunteers who donned the green T-shirt yet again to help out in numerous ways over the weekend, and in particular the members of the competition committee and the Market House staff.
Similar words of appreciation go to the funders including the Arts Council, Comhairle Contae Mhuineacháin and Comhairle Baile Mhuineacháin, and sponsors including Monaghan Shopping Centre, Westenra Arms Hotel, Panic Sound and Light, Universal Graphics, Northern Sound, R&S Printers, the Heritage Council, and all associate sponsors…

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