Spraoi from Our Lady’s Secondary School are celebrating after being recently notified they have been selected to represent Ireland at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, United Kingdom.

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is one of the foremost world festivals of music, dance and culture, and includes competitions showcasing choirs and dance troupes from across the globe.  Each year it attracts over 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors across the week (1st-7thJuly 2019).

Established in 1947, the International Eisteddfod promotes peace and goodwill between nationsby bringing performers from all cultures and nations together through music. The festival is world renowned, having welcomed international music stars including Luciano Pavarotti who competed in the competitions as a boy and returned to perform as one of the most successful tenors of all time.

This year, Spraoi will join international competitors from all over the worldin a vibrant carnival of culture and will compete in three different categories.

Music Director of the festival, Edward-Rhys Harry, said: “It is a real honour to welcome our competitors to the beautiful town of Llangollen and give them the opportunity to perform on the festival’s famed Royal Pavilion stage. They should be really proud of this achievement, it is a unique opportunity to enjoy and celebrate. We wish them the very best of luck”.

Music teacher at Our Lady’s, Ms Cara Murray was delighted with the news and said ‘the students are delighted with the challenge and are already excited and talking about getting ready for Wales. I am thrilled for them and look forward to working with them, they are a very talented, hard-working group of students’.