Gaeltacht courses called off - but the Comórtas Amhrán Tí sings on

COMORTASAMHRANT1The online Gaeltacht experience, Gaeltacht X, and RTÉ’s 2FM Breakfast with Doireann & Eoghan gear up to fill summer college void

Gaeltacht X (GX) and RTÉ’s 2FM Breakfast with Doireann & Eoghan are delighted to announce that, whilst the Irish summer colleges may be closed for the summer, the Comórtas Amhrán Tí is still going ahead, live on air on RTÉ’s 2FM Breakfast with Doireann & Eoghan.

A staple for those who spent summers in Gaeltacht areas, from Corca Dhuibhne, to Leitir Meallain to Rann na Feirste, the performance of amhráin tí or house songs were always a highlight. GX and 2FM are looking for versions of popular songs or original songs from young people individually or by putting their own Tigh together through zoom or other social distanced recording. There will be a €300 weekly prize and a €1000 prize for the overall winner after 5 weeks, culminating the week of August 17th.

Eoghan McDermott, Presenter of RTÉ’s 2FM Breakfast with Doireann & Eoghan, says;

“Many’s a amhrán tí I have written - and won (only messing - but I did take part in many!) so it’s great that our show and Gaeltacht X will be providing this opportunity to young people who have missed out on their Irish summer college experience this year. Creativity, spirit and craic are what I’ll be looking for in songs to represent Tigh Eoghain.”

Each week two songs will be chosen to represent Tigh Eoghain and Tigh Dhoireann. They will be played on the breakfast show Tuesday morning, and a public poll will then open over on Gaeltacht X’s Instagram account (@gaeltachtx). There will be 24 hours for followers and listeners to cast their vote before the winner is announced on Wednesday’s show. Raidió Rí-Rá, the Irish language chart station, will also be supporting the initiative by helping to choose shortlists.

Síomha Ní Ruairc, Lead Producer of Gaeltacht X, says;

“Gaeltacht X is providing teenagers with a taste of the Gaeltacht experience this summer, with competitions, suggestions on how to use more Gaeilge in their everyday lives, ciorcail chomhrá online and lots of fun content, over Instagram, TikTok and Zoom. We’re delighted to be working with RTÉ’s 2FM Breakfast with Doireann & Eoghan on this brilliant song competition, Comórtas Amhrán Tí.”

Songs can be sent to us from now to Friday 10th August. However, songs will be chosen to represent Tigh Eoghain or Tigh Dhoireann on a weekly basis - so the sooner you get your entry in the more chance you have of your song being chosen. The first round of songs will go on air on Tuesday 21st July. To apply send your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note for the editor: Gaeltacht X is an online platform curated by Conradh na Gaeilge to give young people a taste of the Irish summer college experience at home, to help in keeping the language central and present in the current environment. It provides content, craic and community to the teenagers of Ireland. Gaeltacht X is run with support from Foras na Gaeilge and the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

More Information: www.cnag.ie/gx

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