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IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2018 Announced

Entries are now open for the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition 2018 which takes place in memory of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. Songwriters are invited to submit an audio link for their entry by email to before the deadline of Friday 21st September(NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL AUDIO FILE ATTACHMENTS).

Ten finalists will be selected to perform their song at the live final of the contest on Saturday 3rd November in The Ashe Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry, with the winning songwriter being presented with a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO. A runner up prize of €300 will also be presented on the night.

A Tralee native, Christie Hennessy began his music career at a young age when he moved to London, playing in clubs by night and working on building sites during the day. He started writing songs at the age of 23 and went on to release numerous platinum selling albums.

Christie’s songs were later recorded by artists such as Christy Moore (“Don’t Forget Your Shovel”), Frances Black (“All The Lies That You Told Me”), Moya Brennan (“Oh Jealous Heart”) and Nizlopi, who reached Christmas Number 1 in UK and Ireland in 2005 with their hit “JCB Song”, sampling Christie’s lyrics from “Don’t Forget Your Shovel”.

Previous winners of the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest include Curtis Walsh, Paul McDonnell, Dave Molloy, Alan Kavanagh, Enda Reilly / Christine Deady, Míde Houlihan and Katie O’Connor.

The deadline for entries is Friday 21st September.

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