Congratulations to Our Lady’s Secondary School Spraoi group, under the direction of Music teacher, Ms Cara Murray, who achieved 3rd place in the Dancing in the Street section of the Llangollen – Eisteddrod International Music Festival which took place in Wales. The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfodis a music festival which takes place every year in July in Llangollen, North Wales. Singers and dancers from all over the world are invited to take part in over 20 high quality competition with over five thousand singers, dancers and instrumentalists from around 50 countries performing to audiences of more than 50,000 over the 6 days of the event. This year performers including The Kaiser Chiefs, Toploader, The Hoosiers, and Alfie Boe, to name a few, took to the same stage as our students.

Spraoi are a versatile group of performers from Our Lady’s, Castleblayney, drawn from 1stYear to 6thYear. They play all genres of music and were very privileged once again to be representing Ireland in the international competition. This year the group performed in local schools, in the town square and on many smaller stages as well as the International Pavillion Stage. The main opening ceremony was performed by C.B.E. Terry Waite and a message of peace was performed by all nations participating. Our Lady’s students represented Ireland in two categories at the festival and were awarded a 3rdplace in the Dancing in the Street competition having being outdone by two groups from India. Positive comments from the judges included: “this group provided such energy and life whilst balancing this with haunting melodies and voices.”

Speaking at the school during the week, Principal, Mr. Kelly congratulated the students on their outstanding success remarking it was well deserved for all their hard work and efforts. “When you take this success of our talented musicians and dancers along with the success of the choir securing 1stplaces in the National Showchoir competition and the Navan Choral festival it has been a remarkably successful year for this particular group of students”. Mr. Kelly paid tribute to the outstanding work of Our Lady’s music teacher Ms. Murray whose vision, energy and drive is instrumental in so many of Our Lady’s musical successes. Mr. Kelly also thanked those teachers and parents who travelled to assist and support Spraoi at the competition in Wales remarking that this continuous and ongoing support is greatly appreciated by staff and students.

Pictured at the International Eisteddfod Music Festival held in Walesis Our Lady’s winning Spraoi group who achieved a 3rdplacing. They are seen here with CBE Terry Waite who performed the opening of the festival.