Thursday, September 03, 2015

A TALENTED and versatile young musician from Stradbally has been crowned all-Ireland champion in slow air fiddle playing.

Senan Moran from Dysart won the title in the under-15 category at the recent all-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which was held in Sligo.

Although fiddle was his first musical instrument at only four years of age, Senan has many other strings to his bow. He also won silver medals at the contest in both the under-15 piano and accompaniment competitions and enjoys playing a variety of instruments.

The 15-year-old’s talent and love of music was inevitable, as he grew up in a very musical family. His mother Bernie (née Scully) has a degree in music from NUI Maynooth and is also a primary school teacher at St Colman’s in Stradbally. She previously taught music at secondary school level in Celbridge.

Although his father, John, does not play any musical instruments, he encourages the teenager to cultivate his talent and enjoyment of music as much as possible.

From an early age, Senan showed a natural musical flair and was particularly skilled in fiddle playing. He lives for music and has won many competitions at both local and national level.

A student at Mountrath Community School, Senan is just starting his junior cert year and hopes to continue playing fiddle and piano for many years to come.

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By Carmel Hayes
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