The search is on to find Ireland’s entry for the International Pan Celtic Song Contest 2013. The composer of the winning song will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and the song will represent Ireland at the international event in April.
Words and lyrics must be newly composed and songs in all genres from traditional to pop, country to rock are welcome. The closing date for receipt of entries on CD is 15th January 2013.
The best of the entries will be shortlisted to go head to head at the gala National Song Contest, sponsored by IMRO and Gael Linn, to be held in Carlow on Thursday, 7th February where the songs will be introduced by television personality Daithí Ó Sé. A panel of judges will choose the song to go forward to represent Ireland at the International Pan Celtic Song Contest in Carlow on 4th April where it will be up against the entries from the participating celtic nations of Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and The isle of Man. The international prize for the overall winner will be €1,500 and the Pan Celtic trophy.
Application forms and rules of the competition are available on www.panceltic.ie. Click on Programme and on Competitions. Enquiries to 059 9158105, 085 1340047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The address for entries and CDs by 15th January is Pan Cheilteach Festival Office, Glór Cheatharlach, Sráid an Choláiste, Ceatharlach, Co. Cheatharlach.