Irish singing champ in Weston
PUBLISHED: 17:30 21 July 2011
A MUSICAL Weston woman has won five medals, including three gold, in an Irish singing contest.
Marianne McAleer specialises in traditional singing in Gaelic, also known as Amhráin Gaeilge.
The mother-of-two, of Florence Grove, has just taken part in the All Britain Fleadh Cheoil - a festival of Irish traditional music, held this year in Lancashire.
So now she is the All Britain Champion in traditional singing in English, traditional singing in Irish, and lilting, which is a kind of mouth-music.
Next month she will compete in the all Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, which is an annual international extravaganza of traditional Irish music.
Marianne said: “I am thrilled to be going along to the competition next month.
“It’s an annual international extravaganza of traditional Irish music, when the streets of Cavan town will be bursting at the seams with jigs and reels, day and night, for nearly a week – exciting.”