Yasmin Lynch, from Burnfoot, won the top prize in the senior Tin Whistle competition, while Breda Doherty from Glengad came third in the Under 15s Piano Accordion. Aiesha Coyle from Derry also gained a third spot in the Under 12s Piano Accordion competition.
All three competitors are part of the local Comhaltas branch in Inishowen, the Craobh Seamus Mac Giolla Bhride, which was formed in the mid-1980s by Teresa McClure to honour Jimmy McBride, a local fiddle player who tragically died in a car accident when he was 22.
Ms. McClure said they are all very proud of the young local musicians and said they all worked very hard to be placed in the competitions.
The Buncrana music teacher currently teaches both Aiesha and Breda from her base in the town and had previously been involved with teaching Yasmin when she was younger.
She said a total of around ten Inishowen competitors took part in the Fleadh in Sligo and the winners did great to be placed.
“The level of talent down there is pretty good and I can tell you that it is very hard to come away with anything – we’re all very proud of the pupils,” said Teresa.
“They have all achieved a great feat and it is nice to be able to bring home the prizes to Inishowen.”
Long-serving music teacher and former pupil of the now famous Dinny McLaughlin said the Fleadh in Sligo was a great success – despite the poor weather.
“It was a very good weekend. There was loads of music and Sligo is very well set-up for the Fleadh,” she added.
Last year, first time Fleadh competitor Yasmin, aged 20, was also placed first in the Tin Whistle Slow Air and third in the accordion, when the Irish Music and Dance competition came to Derry.
Breda has also excelled at local Fleadhs in Donegal and Ulster, while Aiesha is also well known for her tremendous Irish Dancing Skills, having previously won the World Irish Dancing Championships herself.