20 songs have been chosen to take part in the national song contest to find the Irish entry to compete in the Pan Celtic International Song Contest 2012. Included in the shortlist are songs by composers from several counties including Dublin, Cork, Carlow, Leitrim and Galway. All 20 songs will go head to head in front of a panel of judges to find the winner at the national final which will be held in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Thursday, 8 March. Television personality Daithí Ó Sé will compere the evening while Ollie Hennessy will be musical director. Main sponsor of the competition is IMRO in association with Gael Linn.
Tickets for the event cost €10 and may be reserved by contacting the Seven Oaks Hotel on 059 9131308.The winning song will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and go forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Festival 2012 which will take place in Carlow from 10th – 15th April.