Pan Celtic song finalist chosen

A school choir from Clare has been chosen to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic Festival which will be held in Derry next month.

The festival, which will be held in Derry from April 22-27, will bring together song, music, dance and culture from six celtic nations - Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany, for a packed line-up of competitions, sessions and concerts.

It will be the first time the festival has been held in the city and also the first time it has been held north of the border. Derry will also play host to the international festival in 2015.

One of the highlights of the festival is the international song contest where each of the six nations performs a song in their own language. The song can be in any style as long as it is composed in the native language of the nation.

Pupils from the Scoil Chríost Rí primary school from Cloughleigh, Ennis, fought off tough competition from 18 other entrants from across Ireland to earn the right to represent Ireland in the Pan Celtic Festival’s coveted song contest.

The school won the national contest at the Seven Oaks Hotel. Carlow, last weekend and will now go on to compete against the winners from five other celtic nations at the Pan Celtic Festival in Derry’s Guildhall on April 24.

The pupils, from a broad range of range of ethnic backgrounds, performed their song ‘Seán Ban Abú,’ the lyrics of which were written by sixth class teacher at the school, Joe Garry, with music by Karen Vaughan and Paul Crehan.

Acting principal Gearoid Roughan said he was delighted by the school’s success and looking forward to coming to Derry to compete.