By Press Release

Coiste Náisiúnta Scór, the National GAA Committee for the promotion of culture, is delighted to announce that, in conjunction with the 1916 commemorations, they are launching a Ballad Writing Project for second level schools.

To commemorate 1916, the GAA through one of its cultural branches Coiste Náisiúnta Scór, would welcome the participation of Second Level Schools in a competition for newly composed ballads. The ballad should be in a traditional style, accompanied or unaccompanied – as Gaeilge or in English – and can be set to an existing or newly composed air. Ballads should deal with the spirit, legacy, leaders or events of 1916 and/or the growth and development of the GAA over the past 100 years.

Entries in audio file format together with the words should be sent by email to on or before the closing date of 12 February, 2016. A panel of adjudicators will judge all songs received and will select the winners based on the quality of the composition rather than the production. A winning entry from each county will be invited to Páirc an Chrócaigh prior to the commencement of examinations to visit the GAA Museum and Skyline. On this occasion the national winners will be announced and the following prizes to the winning schools will be awarded – 1st – €800; 2nd – €500; 3rd – €300.

It is the hope of the Coiste Náisiúnta Scór that all schools will take part in this project.

If schools have any further questions, they should contact Antóin Mac Gabhann, Cathaoirleach on 086 8664931.

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