Cormac Begley buaiteoir Bonn Óir Seán Ó Riada

Éist anseo leis an gclár / Listen to the final here

Is é Cormac Begley as Ciarraí a thug leis Bonn Óir Seán Ó Riada sa chraobh den chomórtas a craoladh beo ó Óstán an Rochestown Park i gCorcaigh Dé hAoine, 7 Feabhra.

Seo anseo a dheartháir Conchubhar ag déanamh comhghairdis leis! 

Duine de mhuintir ceolmhar Uí Bheaglaoich as Corca Dhuibhne é Cormac.  Casann sé an consairtín agus an consairtín íseal (baritone).  

I ndiaidh dó an bonn a bhaint oíche Dé hAoine, b’éigean dó an bóthar a bhualadh go aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliatha do thuras chun na Róimhe, áit a raibh ceolchoirm aige.  Is gearr anois go mbeidh sé ag tabhairt faoi chamchuairt go dtí an Nua Shéalainn agus an tSeapáin leis an ngrúpa Rian, a bhfuil Liam Ó Maonlaí, Maitiú Ó Casaide agus Eithne Ní Chatháin ina mbaill dó freisin.

Bhí cónaí ar Chormac i nGaillimh le roinnt bliant anuas, áit a raibh sé i mbun staidéir do chéim dochtúireachta sa tsíceolaíocht.  Is ann a chuir sé tús leis an tsraith coirmeacha Tunes in the Church a reáchtáil sé in Eaglais San Niocláis i nGaillimh.

Bhuaigh Cormac bonn óir agus €2000. 

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Kerry musician Cormac Begley was announced as the winner of the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal in the final broadcast live from the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on Friday night, 7 February.

Cormac is a member of the well-known Begley musical family from Corca Dhuibhe, West Kerry.  A concertina and baritone concertina player, he grew up in the Kerry Gaeltacht surrounded by music. 

After winning the competition in Cork, Cormac departed late in the night for Dublin airport and a flight to Rome for a concert there.  He will shortly be going on a two month tour to New Zealand and Japan with group Rian, which he plays in with Liam Ó Maonlaí, among others.

Cormac has been living in Galway for the last number of years, studying for a Doctorate in Psychology in NUIG.  There, he initiated the concert series ‘Tunes in the Church’, which he has run over the last number of years, in St Nicholas’s Cathedral in Galway.

Cormac won the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal, and a cash prize of €2000.

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