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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 1, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    It will be a real rí-rá while the bands battle

    Pól Ó Muirí

    The on-line Irish-language radio station, Raidió Rí-Rá, have launched a Cath na mBannaí/Battle of the Bands competition for the best Irish-language or bilingual songs. The station, whose DJs broadcast in Irish, plays non-stop chart music for the 15-35 years age group and want to showcase “the hottest and most exciting bands with Irish lyrics” as part of the annual Seachtain na Gaeilge festivities. The songs will be broadcast on-line and live on FM in Dublin, Cork, Cavan, Limerick, Galway and Waterford in March and listeners will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite track as Saint Patrick’s Day approaches.

    Lead singer with The Coronas, Danny O’Reilly said: “’Competitions like Raidió Rí-Rá’s Cath na mBannaí help up-and-coming bands get their sound out on the nation’s airwaves and build up a fantastic fanbase across the country. When bands are starting out, this is the kind of radio exposure that really helps – I should know!”

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