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Vote Oriel for community awards

// 29 Aug 2019

Dundalk Football Club and our community partners Dundalk Credit Union are calling on our supporters to support a local orchestra in a competition celebrating creative talent.

The Oriel Traditional Orchestra, a volunteer cross-border community group, have been shortlisted for an Epic Award – a celebration of the achievements of creative groups across the UK and Ireland each year.

The orchestra, who are based in DkIT, will now compete for the Ireland award, whilst also going forward to a public vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Voting is open at voluntaryarts.org until 5pm on Monday 2 September.

To cast your vote, simple visit the Epic Awards People’s Choice Voting page, select Oriel Traditional Orchestra from the list of 31 entrants, enter your email and answer a simple verification question before clicking ‘Vote’.

The Oriel Traditional Orchestra is a voluntary cross-border, inter-generational community orchestra established in September 2017. With members from Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Armagh, the OTO concentrates on Irish traditional music repertoire from the Oriel region, arranged especially for the orchestra.

While there are many opportunities for young people to engage in music in the region, there are fewer opportunities for adult learners and enthusiasts to play music in a non-competitive, non-commercial environment.

The orchestra benefits from the voluntary involvement of local music teachers, as well as lecturers and researchers at Dundalk Institute of Technology and the support of Carrickmacross Workhouse and Tí Chulainn in Mullaghbawn.

The orchestra is led by four local music teachers who act in a voluntary capacity and gradually more of the members have taken on roles to help the development of the orchestra.

The winners of the Epic Awards People’s Vote will be announced at a ceremony at Edinburgh’s Central Hall on Thursday 3 October 2019.

Everyone at Dundalk Football Club wishes the orchestra the very best of luck and we encourage all of our supporters to get voting in support of more Oriel success!