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Fiddler of Dooney Competition 2017

Sligo Town Branch of CCÉ in association with Sligo Live Festival will host the Fiddler of Dooney Competition over the October Bank Holiday weekend (28th - 29th), 2017.

The standard of competition was as always excellent and the 2016 and we have no doubt that 2017 will bring more of the same. It's time to get practing for the 2017 Fiddler of Dooney Competition and your name could be added to the impressive list of of winners. Apply Now!

The competition, inagurated in 1965, is one of the oldest and most prestigious instrumental competitions in the tradition and is inspired by the W B Yeats poem, of the same name.


Winners of the Fiddler of Dooney Competition 2016

Junior Winners

  • 1st place: Ademar O'Connor
  • 2nd place: Ellen O'Gorman
  • 3rd place: Seamus O'Gorman

Senior Winners

  • 1st place: Jason McGuinness
  • 2nd place: Caoimhe Kearins
  • 3rd place: Clare Anne Kearns




View Full List of Previous Winners here.

The role of previous winners reads like a who’s who of traditional fiddling and includes Matt Cranitch, Cathal Hayden, Brid Harper, Liz Kane, Paddy Glacken, Seamus and Manus McGuire.

In recent years winners have included Rhona Lynch 2010, Niall Murphy 2011, Lucia McPartlin 2012 and this year’s winner was Jason McGuinness. Winners have come from all over the country and from traditional musicians based overseas. Competitors need not be tied to any rigid formula or to play in a Sligo style, although Sligo Live celebrates the Sligo style with its infectious lift.