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St Catherine's Dominican church hosted the 12th annual Newry Musical Feis, Organ Solo (Open) Competitions today.

Pictured at the Newry Musical Feis Organ Solo (Open) Competitions at St Catherine's Dominican. Alma Brown, President, Newry Musical Feis presents the Alma Brown Cup to Harry McMahon, Burren, winner in the Junior class. Looking on are from left: Annie Diamond, Castledawson, Novice class winner; Daire Downey, Bronze in Junior class and Terry Rafferty, Silver in Junior class. Back: Dr Mary Goss, Feis Administrator; David Grealy, Adjudicator and Eoin Cassidy, Gold in Intermediate class. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Pictured at the Newry Musical Feis Organ Solo (Open) Competitions at St Catherine's Dominican. Alma Brown, President, Newry Musical Feis presents the Alma Brown Cup to Harry McMahon, Burren, winner in the Junior class. Looking on are from left: Annie Diamond, Castledawson, Novice class winner; Daire Downey, Bronze in Junior class and Terry Rafferty, Silver in Junior class. Back: Dr Mary Goss, Feis Administrator; David Grealy, Adjudicator and Eoin Cassidy, Gold in Intermediate class. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Winning the newly presented Alma Brown Cup for the Junior Organ Solo was St Colman's pupil, Harry McMahon from Burren for his performance of Georg Bohm's Prelude in A Minor. Fellow St Colman's pupils Terry Rafferty and Daire Downey took second and third place respectively.

St Colman's College pupil, Harry McMahon from Burren, the inaugural winner of the Alma Brown Cup in the Junior Organ Solo (Open)  competition at Newry Feis. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
St Colman's College pupil, Harry McMahon from Burren, the inaugural winner of the Alma Brown Cup in the Junior Organ Solo (Open) competition at Newry Feis. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Young Annie Diamond came all the way from Castledawson to take a medal in the Novice Class and last years intermediate winner Eoin Cassidy came out on top again in 2020. The Intermediate winner is awarded a prize of performance opportunities in St Patrick's Church of Ireland, Armagh and St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.

Judge was Galway native David Grealy, Organist at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.

Eoin Cassidy, St Colman's College took Gold in Intermediate class in the Organ Solo (Open) Competitions. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Eoin Cassidy, St Colman's College took Gold in Intermediate class in the Organ Solo (Open) Competitions. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

The Newry organ competition is now the only organ competition held in NI other than the NI International Organ Competition which is structured to attract competitors who have reached a higher level of performance maturity.

Disregarding NIIOC, Newry is now one of only three organ competitions held on the island of Ireland, the other two being Feis Ceoil, Dublin an Feis Maitiu in Cork.

Annie Diamond, Castledawson with her medal in the Novice Organ Solo (Open) class at Newry Feis. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Annie Diamond, Castledawson with her medal in the Novice Organ Solo (Open) class at Newry Feis. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

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Newry Musical Feis Organ Competition Adjudicator David Grealy selects his winners at St Catherine's Dominican. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Newry Musical Feis Organ Competition Adjudicator David Grealy selects his winners at St Catherine's Dominican. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
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