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Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival Song Competition returns to Ballydehob this coming June

January 16, 2023

The 2023 Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival takes place in Ballydehob, Co. Cork  from June 16th to 18th, with a huge range of performers already confirmed to take part.

Among those appearing this year will be Steve Turner, Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, Jim Mageean, Pat Sheridan, Dick Miles, Rosie Stewart, Andrew Mackay and Carole Etherton, Andy Kenna, Merfolk Shanty Singers, The Cork Singers’ Club and many more.

A highlight of the festival is the Maritime Song Competition which is sponsored by IMRO, with cash prizes totalling €250. Entrants must perform their song live in Ballydehob on Sunday June 18th 2023. Songwriters may enter the competition by emailing lyrics of their song entry to

Closing date by email is midnight 10th of June.  Closing date by conventional post is 5th June. All entries must be posted to Richard Miles, Cooragurteen, Ballydehob, County Cork, Ireland,

Songwriters must be available to perform their song live at the festival, and all must have legible copies of songs for the competition given to the judges at the commencement of the competition.

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