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Dysania and Co Crú swept the boards in the senior groups’ contemporary music section in the national finals of the Gael-Linn Scléip talent competition which was held in the Clasach Theatre, Dublin on Saturday.

Craobh Pic 3 - CopyDysania were placed as winners and Co Crú were placed in second place despite stiff competitions from other Gaelcholáistí such as Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Co. Cork, Scoil Chaitríona, Dublin, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Limerick and Meánscoil Gharman, Wexford.
Bhí lá ar dóigh ag Coláiste Oiriall i mBaile Átha Cliath ar an Satharn nuair a bhuaigh siad an chéad áit agus an dara háit amach i rannóg na sinsear den cheol comhaimseartha (grúpaí) ag Craobh na hÉireann de Scléip a bhí a reáchtáil i mbliana don chéad uair ag Gael-linn. Bhí iomaíocht láidir le troid acu in eadan Choláiste an Phiarsaigh, Corcaigh, Scoil Chaitríona, Glasnaíon, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh agus Meánscoil Gharman, Loch Garman. Bhí an comórtas ar siúl in Amharclann an Chlasaic, Cluain Tarbh. B’é Antoine Ó Coileáin, Príomhfheidhmeannach Gael-Linn a bhronn na gradaim.

The line-up in Dysania is Aindriú de Buitléir (giotar), Dervla Fowler (banjo), Anna Ní Chrarráin (guth), Josh Mac Philib (príomhamhránaí agus giotar), Orna Ní Fhlanagáin (bosca ceoil), Frances Ní Chonghaile Nic Aodh (feadóg stáin agus guth) and Jamie Ó Suilligh (bass guitar). This 6th Year group, which is augumented by Cormac Ó hAnlúin on drums, has a Celtic Rock feel. Lead singer, Josh wrote the lyrics of their song, Lasadh Croí.
Craobh Pic 2 - CopyThe fifth year group, Co Crú consists of Aoife Nic Roideáin (feadóg stáin agus guth), Daithí Ó Murchú (giotar agus guth), Megan Nig Oirc (guth), Darragh Ó Tuathail (giotar agus guth), Charlotte Ní Agáin (guth) and Elaine Ní Chuinneacháin (guth). Co Crú has a folk ballad influence and their song, Tar Liom, was a written as a collaborative effort by all the band during Music class.
Sa rannóg seo den chomórtas glactar le stíl ceoil ar bith nach ceol traidisiúnta ná clasaiceach agus glactar le guth nó le ceoltóireacht le huirlisí. Is féidir liricí nuachumtha nó le liricí a aistríodh go Gaeilge a úsáid. Ní dhearna sé dochar ar bith do ghrúpaí Oiriall go raibh saothair nuachumtha a seinnm acu.  Thug na buaiteoirí, Dysania, roinnt coirmeacha ceoil uathu cheana féin taobh amuigh den scoil agus cheoil siad ar BBC teilifís agus BBC Raidio Uladh fosta. Tá an-mholadh ag gabháil dóibh mar go bhfuil an Ghaeilge agus amháin Ghaeilge mar bhunchloch a gcuid ceoil anois.

The exclusively Irish language talent competition is organised by Gael-Linn and is open to all Gaelcholáistí and Gaeltacht schools throughout the country. Both groups had already won through the Ulster heat in Derry and on Saurday last in Dublin both groups were awarded high marks for presentation, tuning, rhythm, musical skills, entertainment and composition. Both groups sang their own compositions. Ba mhaith leis an dá ghrúpa a mbuíochas a chur in iúl don Mhúinteoir Nuala Ní Ghlaschoille a threoraigh iad i rith an bhealaigh go dtí craobh na hÉireann.Craobh Pic 1 - Copy