Clare students were to the fore at the recent Féile Luimni competition. Clare Kearney, Corofin and Mikhaila Fitzpatrick, Ruan won the new Flannery-Fitzgerald Cup for Dramatic Duologue U-15.
This new perpetual cup was presented to Féile Luimni for the first time this year by speech and drama teacher Eileen Fitzgerald, to reflect the growing interest and high standard of this popular competition.
Fourteen-year-old Abbie Sullivan, Ivy Hill was the winner of the Bishop O’Dwyer Cup for poetry recital U-15. For this competition, Abbie had to present a programme based on the works of Irish poet WB Yeats.
Both the Diarmuid Cup and Tadgh O’Ceallaigh Cup for group improvisation were won by Katie Laws, Barefield, Clare Kearney and Orla Fitzgerald, Ballybeg.
Clare was also placed first in public speaking and Mikhaila was first in poetry sight-reading. As a result of their successes in various competitions, both Orla Fitzgerald and Mikhaila Fitzpatrick have been nominated for the Nancy Wallace Bursary, which takes place in early March.
The girls are all students of the Eileen Fitzgerald School of Speech and Drama, Ennis.
Members of the Clare Music Makers were also medal and certificate winners. Crea Sullivan was awarded a gold medal in the U-11 category and bronze in the U-13. Also, in the U-13 category Hannah Bredin was awarded a certificate. In the U-15 category, Emerald Kenny and Abbie Sullivan tied for the bronze medal. Susie Fogarty and Darelle Colleran took home certificates for their efforts also in the U-15. They are students of Danette Eddy.
Students of the Liddy O’Reilly School of Speech and Drama were also successful. Lisa O’Connor, Cillian Brennan, Conor Arkins, Muireann O’Shea and Molly Brannock won the O-16 group drama section; Maria Redmond, Rosie Murphy, Áine Ryan, Niamh Bermingham, Seosamh Ryan and Sarah Redmond won the O-14 group drama section; Darragh Shannon won the U-12 drama solo, while Ailish Hanrahan won the U-14 drama solo.