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Taking up the céilí challenge

ITS unprecedented success has brought it back for a third year at the Ennis Trad Festival. With 10 bands readying themselves to do battle, Árd Ghaisce na mBuíonta – the great céilí band challenge – is set to cause foot-stompin’ havoc at the West County Hotel this Saturday at 7pm. As the only céilí band competition outside the protective boundaries of comhaltas, Saturday’s contest between many of the country’s finest musicians will afford audience members the opportunity to put pen to paper and vote their preference as the fifth adjudicator. Many of them have spent years dancing their sets to the various bands throughout the county and further afield so it is, quite literally, their only chance to vote. They are, after all, dance experts and this is their music. But beware – those wishing to have their votes counted must be in attendance before the first band takes to the stage. Six new bands are accepting this year’s challenge …

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