Cork's Feis Maitiú ends on a high note after nine weeks of performances

Cork's Feis Maitiú ends on a high note after nine weeks of performances

Gavin Nyhan, as Tom Sawyer, and Ellen Culloty and Ella Collins performing ‘Little Women’, at Fr Mathew Hall as part of Feis Maitiú. Picture: Ger Bonus

THE final curtain was drawn at Feis Maitiú Corcaigh 2017 yesterday.

After nine weeks, 300 classes and 8,500 participants, the 91st festival has ended.

It was another incredible year in Father Matthew Hall. Festival organiser, Timothy McCarthy, says the feedback from participants and their families has been very positive.

“It’s been busy, hectic, and enjoyable,” he said. “I think there has been a lot of happy performers, teachers, and parents. I think it all went very well. We are happy with the reaction and the response.”

Performers have spoken about the opportunity that the festival has awarded them. “We always try to have specialists in all of the various areas and we always try to get the best adjudicators on the circuit and I think we have managed to do that this year,” said Timothy.

Many performers commented on the high calibre of the judges and the written assessment they were given afterwards of their performances.

Erin O’Leary, from Kinsale, returned to the stage in Father Matthew Hall for that very reason yesterday. The 17-year-old said: “It’s a great opportunity to get experience actually performing for an audience and getting feedback from a third party.”

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