It may be celebrating its 91st year, but this year’s Feis Dhoire Cholmcille proved once and for all that it’s every bit as important to the local community as it was when it first started back in 1924.
Thousands of competitors took part across disciplines ranging from dance, speech and drama, piano and song. As well as participants, fans and family members packed the Millennium Forum, St Columb’s Hall and the Playhouse where events took place.
Adjudicators travelled from right across Ireland to play their part in the annual event which is one of Derry’s best loved arts institutions.
Among those judging the competitors were Niamh O’Kelly, Head of Music at Castlebar College, Traditional Music judge Anne Marie McCloskey from Portglenone, Speech and Drama judge Eileen Fitzgerald from Limerick and dancing experts Kathleen Depo-O’Hanlon, Pamela McNelis and Majella McEntegart.
While Irish dancing remains a highly popular discipline at the feis there was also big interest in Speech and Drama, singing and instrumental performances.
Organisers this year stressed once again how they are determined to keep the entry fee affordable for those locally who want to take part but added that the financial situation of the feis is an ongoing stress.