A visitor to the All-Ireland Fleadh has told us his delight at finally hitting the big-time by playing in the Over-18 Fiddle competition at the ripe old age of 30.
The man who hails from Edinburgh, Scotland says he has entered the Fleadh every year for the last 4 years and could not believe his luck when on the fifth time of trying, he finally made it through the All-Britain.
"It's fantastic! I took up the fiddle around 7 years ago and took to it instantly. I always knew that one day I would get my big break and become a fiddle star. Now I've finally made it!"
He goes on to say that simply playing in the competition will place him among the greats of Irish music like Tommy Peoples and Michael Coleman. Unfortunately it did not occur to the man that no-one cares about competitions after the age of 15 and the only people who enter the senior ones are usually strange individuals who own a large amount of cats.
"Some people say that playing in Carnegie Hall is the ultimate in performance. But no, I'd rather play in a dingy community hall for adjudicators who can barely play themselves and for an audience who can't tell the difference between good and bad playing."
"I can't wait for the gigs to start rolling in. By the time this weekend is over, everyone will know my name...Edward Leggy Mountbatten III."