Musical sisters bag three Fleadh prizes

The Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann logo.Image via WikipediaTHREE SISTERS from Newcastle swept the board at the recent 2011 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, coming away with three coveted pieces of silverware.

Between them, Lottie, Courtney and Katie Cullen brought home all of Wicklow's three titles from the 53rd Fleadh Cheoil which took place in Cavan at the end of August.

Lottie was the first to show her hand to the competition when the 16 year old played the Uilleann pipes in the Under 18 competition. A member of the Craobh Chualann branch of Comhaltas Ceolteori Eireann and previous winner of five All-Ireland titles, Lottie soon made it clear that the competition from England, America and beyond were no match for her playing skills.

Her title winning performance was so impressive, that the teenager was asked to take a starring role in the opening ceremony of the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle, Co. Meath, last weekend.

Fresh from her Under 18 win, Lottie joined her sister Courtney to represent Leinster in the highly competitive senior duet event, with Lottie again on Uilleann pipes and Courtney on the fiddle.

A truly electrifying performance from the pair ensured that none of the 15 subsequent performers ever got a look in at the title.

With two cups already secured by the Cullen girls, their sister Katie entered the fray, joining Lottie and Courtney for the senior trio competition. In front of a packed auditorium, Lottie on pipes, Courtney on the flute and Katie on the fiddle wowed the crowd and romped to victory against strong national and international competition.

Also representing Wicklow at the fleadh were Sean Luke Kelly, a promising young Uilleann piper from Delgany who put in a mature and polished performance at Under 12 level; and Gavin Paul from Wicklow Town, who also performed extremely well in the Under 15 bodhran competition.

The Cullen sisters will be displaying their title winning talents at the music sessions in Wicklow town tonight and on Friday - for more information visit

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