Finalists Announced for 2016 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition

LIVE FINAL AT THE ROSE HOTEL, TRALEE | SATURDAY 26TH NOVEMBER | 8:30PM

SPECIAL GUEST JOHN SPILLANE TO PERFORM ON THE NIGHT

The live final of the sixth annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition takes place on Saturday, 26th November at The Rose Hotel, Tralee, with a special guest performance from the much loved singer songwriter John Spillane. Ten finalists have been selected from over 200 entries from across Ireland and beyond to perform their original song in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. The winning songwriter will be presented with a cheque for €1,000, courtesy of Tralee Credit Union with a runner up prize of €300.

Christie Hennessy: A Celebration will open on Friday 25th November with The Troubadour Club, a showcase featuring some of the finest of Ireland’s contemporary songwriters.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition takes place as a tribute to the life and music of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. Now in its sixth year, the competition has grown in stature over the years to become one of Ireland’s leading song competitions and continues to attract a high calibre of songwriters from Ireland and overseas, covering a broad range of musical genres. Previous winners have included Paul McDonnell, Dave Molloy, Alan Kavanagh, Enda Reilly/Christine Deady and Míde Houlihan.

The ten finalists in the 2016 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition are:

  1. Karen Kelly & Simon McCafferty | Song: Sail My Direction
  2. Shane Ó Fearghail | Song: Push
  3. Elaine Goddard & Dave Christopher | Song: Change
  4. Leo Capper & Fiona Kelly | Song: Memories Just Remain
  5. Sian Hanley & Louise Bolger | Song: Heal
  6. Robert Grace, James Foley & Glenn Herlihy | Song: Talk To Me
  7. Neil Moran | Song: In Time
  8. Carrie Haskins | Song: Hell On Wheels
  9. Katie O’Connor | Song: Just Too Young
  10. Kevin Murray | Song: Don’t Need Me

Entry to the live final is free of charge. For further details about the event, contact IMRO at  or 01 661 4844.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition is supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, The Troubadour Club, Tralee Credit Union, The Rose Hotel and Radio Kerry.

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