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Sligo harpist in final for Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal

Niamh McGloin, from Grange in Co. Sligo, is one of the competitors who will be taking to the stage in the final for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal on the 3 February in Cork which will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. 

Niamh, a harpist, is currently studying English and Music in Maynooth.  She is a member of the Fred Finn Comhaltas group, and teaches harp there.

A talented multi-instrumentalist, she also plays accordion with The Michael Coleman show every Wednesday in Ceoláras Coleman in Gurteen during the summer. 

Niamh played for Prince Charles and Mary McAleese on their visits to Sligo, and has toured with the National Folk Orchestra performing 'Macalla 1916'.

Niamh will be competing with 13 other musicians in the final, which is for pipes and harp this year.  One musician in each category will win the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal, and they will share a cash prize of €2500.

The event will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, presented by Peadar Ó Riada on his Cuireadh chun Ceoil show from 7 pm on Friday 3 February.  Listeners can tune in live or see www.rte.ie/rnag to listen live or listen back. 

There is a special rate for entry to the competition and overnight accommodation in the Rochestown Park Hotel of €50 pps.