Teacher Claire makes Fleadh history for city

Claire Nic Ruairi from Derry who has won the Comortas na mBan Amhrariaiocht Ghaeilge Cup for winning the women's Irish singing competition at the Fleadh Cheoil. (DER3413PG026)
Claire Nic Ruairi from Derry who has won the Comortas na mBan Amhrariaiocht Ghaeilge Cup for winning the women's Irish singing competition at the Fleadh Cheoil. (DER3413PG026)

A Derry teacher is celebrating being the first person from the city to win her singing category at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.

Claire Nic Ruairí won 1st place in ‘Comórtas na mBan, Amhránaíocht Ghaeilge’/‘Ladies’ Irish Singing Competition’.

This is also known as ‘sean-nós’ singing and winning the competition is particularly special as it has never been won by anyone from Derry.

Claire, who’s from Foyle Springs, is a past pupil of Thornhill College and has been teaching Irish and French for the past four years in Coláiste Chineál Eoghain, Buncrana.

She completed an Irish and French degree at Queen’s University Belfast, as well as a Master’s degree in Irish Translation Studies, before studying a Postgraduate degree in Education in Trinity College Dublin.

Claire has been singing and teaching Irish traditional music for a number of years and sings both as a solo performer and as a choir/group member. “I learnt most of my songs in the Donegal Gaeltacht, mainly from Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde from Gweedore.”