The Pan Celtic National Song Contest returns to Carlow this week for the first time since 2020, after a three-year hiatus due to The Covid Pandemic.
16 original songs chosen from over 30 entries will compete for a €1000 prize and the opportunity to represent the country at the festival’s international round in April.
The judging panel includes a number of Irish music legends, including previous winner Emer O’Flathery.
Encore will represent Carlow by singing a Cion Cairde composed by Melíosa Breathnach and Clár Ní Dhuinn.
Tickets for the event, which begins tonight at 8 p.m., are available at the GB Shaw Box Office or at the door.