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Top trad music award for Mullaghbawn singer

Mullaghbawn-based singer, Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, is set to receive a prestigious award in recognition of her contribution to the Irish traditional music industry.

 Pádraigín will be presented with the 2018 Special Contribution Award, as part of TG4’s traditional Irish music awards Gradam Ceoil, to be held in Belfast in February.

 Widely regarded as the Oscars of Irish music, the Gradam Ceoil Award ceremony will be held in Belfast next year for the first time in its 21-year history.  The ceremony and concert will take place on Sunday 4th February 2018 in the Belfast Waterfront and will also be broadcast live on TG4.    

 It is the second time Pádraigín has been recognised by her peers in the music community, having previously been awarded for her Shean-Nós singing (traditional singing) in the 2003 Gradam Ceoil.   

 Born in Co. Louth, the multi-talented scholar, composer and performer now lives in Mullaghbawn, and has made many wide-ranging contributions to the traditional Irish music scene.  Throughout her music career, Pádraigín has recorded nine albums of traditional Irish songs, children’s songs, lullabies and her own acclaimed compositions.  She is also an accomplished broadcaster and singer in residence at Queen’s University Belfast. 

Most recently, she established the Oriel Arts website (, which represents music from the ancient Irish kingdom that covered parts of counties Armagh, Monaghan, Louth, Fermanagh, Derry and Tyrone.  The website celebrates the contribution made by local Oriel singers, musicians and poets to Traditional Irish music.

 Speaking to The Examiner having been told she has won the award, Pádraigín said, “I am absolutely delighted with this TG4 award for Special Contribution to Traditional Music.  I have spent most of my professional life as a musician, researching, renewing and recording the music of south Armagh and Louth, so I see the award as a national acclamation for the work that I have done.  I am also delighted that it reinforces Oriel as one of the richest areas in Ireland for instrumental music and song in Irish.”

 Pádraigín will be presented with her award at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil concert and awards ceremony on Sunday 4th February 2018 in the Belfast Waterfront. 

Tickets for the event are £25 (£22 for concessions), available from or by phone on +44(0)2890 334455. The concert will be broadcast live on TG4 from 9:30pm. To find out more, visit or connect with Gradam Ceoil on Facebook or Twitter.(