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John Kelly, photographer for the Clare Champion, came to see Center for Irish Music students rehearse for their group competitions in an under-construction classroom on the campus of Coláiste Muire.

Minnesota Contingent Makes the News in County Clare

The arrival of 18 young musicians from far off Minnesota–trailed by two dozen parents with no idea how to drive on the left side of the road–attracted some notice in Ennis in August, including a feature in the local paper, the Clare Champion.

Photographer John Kelly even came by CIM’s make-shift rehearsal space–made possible by a very generous school caretaker–to watch as Norah ran the U15 ceili band through their paces prior to the big competitions during fleadh weekend. Here are a few that he shared with us: