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26/04/19 Ireland wins International Pan Celtic Song Contest

Pan Celtic Song contest winners

Aíne Durkin, Scríofa, Ollie Hennessy, Daríona Ní Dhonnchú and Ciaran Tourish, from Ireland who performed  Ní Thuigim to win  the Pan Celtic International Song Contest in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last. Photo Clive Wasson


Ireland’s Daríona Ní Dhonnchú performing ‘Ní Thuigim’ scooped the top prize at last night’s  International Song Contest hosted in An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny as part of the 2019 International Pan Celtic Festival hosted by TG4’s Caitlín Nic Aoidh.  This is the third year in a row that Ireland has won the competition.


The song which was written by Áine Durkin was chosen to represent Ireland when it won the Pan Celtic National Song contest in Carlow in March and last night it went on to win the International Pan Celtic Song Contest in Letterkenny amidst stiff competition from the other Celtic nations of Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.


Elidyr Glyn representing Wales/Cymru came second singing Fel Hyn ‘Da Ni Fod while Cornwalls/Kernog Black-Eyed Nancy came third with a song called Anella.


Pan Celtic festivities continue today and over the weekend with the Pan Celtic Parade due to take place this afternoon (Friday) in Letterkenny from An Grianán Theatre to the Courtyard Shopping Centre at 2pm.  The Parade will feature marching bands, dancers and musicians from the six Celtic nations, as well as special appearances by Inishowen Carnival Group and the Carndonagh Brass Band.


Pan Celtic Song contest Judges

Make your mind up time- Judges at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday last.    Photo Clive Wasson


The spectacular Pan Celtic Choral Concert will take place tonight (Friday) in An Grianan Theatre featuring a special performance by Donegal’s own Ceol le Chéile Donegal Choir of Ages intergenerational choir, conducted by Veronica McCarron.


Celtic Nation Nights will continue in the Mount Errigal Hotel with Wales Night taking place tonight (Friday) a must see for choral music lovers, while on Saturday, April 27th, it’s the turn of the Scots.  Admission is €10


Saturday is Lá na gComórtas, the Inter-Celtic Competitions Day. For the travelling performers, this is the biggest day of the Festival, the day the various choirs, vocal ensembles, solo musicians and duets, across a range of instruments, go head to head in Inter-Celtic competition. The competitions will run from 10.30am at Coláiste Ailigh, and the quality the performances and the level of entertainment will be of the highest order.


Further Events and Programme Information

Details of Pan Celtic Festival events can be found in the Festival Programme from


The 48th International Pan Celtic Festival is presented by the International Pan Celtic Council, in a partnership with Donegal County Council.

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