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Newry Feis opened today with the start of Irish Dance (Open) competitions that run from now till Sunday.

The Feis held at Newry Town Hall and the adjacant Sean Hollywood Arts Centre will run to May with Irish Dance, Music, Ballet and Theatre Dance, Speech and Drama and Irish Music.

Medal winners on the opening day of Newry Musical Feis. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Medal winners on the opening day of Newry Musical Feis. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Established in 1928 it's one of the largest Feis events in the world.

Competitors and the audience were welcomed by Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairman, Newry, Mourne and Down Council and Alma Brown, President, Newry Musical Feis.

Officially opening the 91st Newry Musical Feis Cllr Murnin spoke of the work of the Feis and the importance of such an event in the lives of the performers. The Chairman referred to how the Feis provides a platform for more than 14,000 performances annually is consistently in the top three biggest events of this type in the world.

Cllr Murnin said "The opportunity to perform and to get feedback from adjudicators of the highest standard provides our children and young people with the support they need to build on their exceptional talents across all the disciplines. The chance to perform on stage as individuals or as part of a team builds confidence and self esteem. Audiences will be treated to extraordinary displays of dance, speech, drama, singing and instrumental music in all its forms. Newry, Mourne and Down Council recognises the importance of the Feis by supporting it in a very practical way as a Major event."

Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairman, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council with Alma Brown, President, Newry Musical Feis at the opening of the 2019 Feis at Newry Town Hall. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairman, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council with Alma Brown, President, Newry Musical Feis at the opening of the 2019 Feis at Newry Town Hall. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Timetable

Irish Dance Open

Feb 15 -17 Newry Town Hall

Music:

Feb 25 - 27 Newry Town Hall

Proudly showing of their Newry Feis Medals. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Proudly showing of their Newry Feis Medals. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Apr 8 - 13 Newry Town Hall and Sean Hollywood Arts Centre

Speech and Drama (Open)

Mar 11 -15 Sean Hollywood Arts Centre

Ballet and Theatre Dance (Novice)

Mar 19 - 20 Newry Town Hall

Ballet and Theatre Dance

Apr 1 - 6 Newry Town Hall

Opening the 2019 Newry Musical Feis were front from left: Sheila Nolan, Vice President, Newry Feis; Maria Moan, Assistant Secretary, Dance; Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairman, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council;  Alma Brown, President, Newry Musical Feis and Alan McCormick, Adjudicator. Back from left: Marie Cassidy, Assistant Speech and Drama (Open); Catherine Kerrin, Section Secretary, Speech and Drama (Open);  Roly Anketell, Assistant Secretary, Music Section; Barbara Cummings, Assistant Secretary, Music and Eileen Ferguson, Secretary, Traditonal Irish Music. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Proudly displaying their Newry Feis medals. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Proudly displaying their Newry Feis medals. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Traditional Irish Music

Apr 7 Newry Town Hall (Evening) and Sean Hollywood Arts Centre (Morning and Afternoon)

Speech and Drama Schools

Apr 29 - May 3 Newry Town Hall

Apr 29 - May 2 Sean Hollywood Arts Centre

Irish Dance Confined

May 4 - 6 Newry Town Hall

Opening the 2019 Newry Musical Feis were front from left: Sheila Nolan, Vice President, Newry Feis; Maria Moan, Assistant Secretary, Dance; Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairman, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council; Alma Brown, President, Newry Musical Feis and Alan McCormick, Adjudicator. Back from left: Marie Cassidy, Assistant Speech and Drama (Open); Catherine Kerrin, Section Secretary, Speech and Drama (Open); Roly Anketell, Assistant Secretary, Music Section; Barbara Cummings, Assistant Secretary, Music and Eileen Ferguson, Secretary, Traditonal Irish Music. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
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