logo 2011 words Gaeilge
 
Competition Descriptions
   
 
Speaking Competitions
   
Oration
A list of topics will be provided an hour prior to the competition. Competitors may choose any topic on the list which they wish. Orations will be judged upon 1) organization and continuity of thought 2) clarity, richness, and precision of language use 3) effect of the oration 4) absence of English 5) syntax. Presentation time: ~3 minutes (under 12 years), ~4 minutes (under 15 years), ~5 minutes (under 18 years), ~7 minutes (open).
 
Story Telling

Story to be told in a traditional style. Presentation time:< 3 minutes (under 12 years), <4 minutes (under 15 years), < 5 minutes (under 18 years), < 10 minutes (open).

Poetry Recitation
Poem to be recited in a traditional style. Presentation time: < 3 minutes (under 12 years), < 4 minutes (under 15 years), < 5 minutes (under 18 years), < 10 minutes (open).
 
Pair Dialogue
A discussion or debate in prose or in poetry between two individuals. The script of the dialogue does not have to be original. Clothing in accordance with the script is permitted. Presentation time: < 3 minutes (under 12 years), < 4 minutes (under 15 years), < 5 minutes (under 18 years), < 10 minutes (open years).
   
  Writing Competitions
     
Canadian Author   Original composition in any of the following categories: Essay, Translation, Teaching or Learning Materials, Drama, Science, Poetry, Short Story, or Novel. The author must be residing permanently in Canada.
   
Non-Canadian
Author
  Original composition in any of the following categories: Essay, Translation, Teaching or Learning Materials, Drama, Science, Poetry, Short Story, or Novel. The author must not be residing permanetly in Canada. The subject work must be about a Canadian subject, or presented from a Canadian perspective.
   
  Singing Competitions
 
Sean Nós Singing
Two songs, chosen by the competitor, to be sung in the traditional style: one slow and one fast.
   
Singing in Irish in a style other than Sean Nós (Individual)
  A single song in Irish to be performed in a style other than sean nós. Competitors will be judged primarily upon their ability to communicate the words and emotions of the song in Irish. Props are not permitted.
     
Newly Composed Songs   A new song, sung to a traditional melody. The song may be performed by someone other than the composer of the words, however the award will be given to the composer of the words.
     
Gaelic Choir
  Two songs to be performed by a choir, consisting of five or more members
     
Lúibíní
Two individuals replying to each other in sung verse. Examples of songs of this type include “Oró Mhíle Grá” and “Im Bim Babaró”. The script need not be original. Competitors will be judged primarily upon their verbal impact rather than their musical virtue. Presentation time: < 3 minutes (under 12 years), < 4 minutes (under 15 years), < 5 minutes (under 18 years), < 7 minutes (open).
 
Music Competitions
   
Harp Class 1 One slow air.
Class 2 One fast tune which may be any of: reel, hornpipe, jig, polka, mazurka, or march.
Class 3 One slow air, and one fast tune. The fast tune may be any of: reels, hornpipes, jigs, polkas, mazurkas, or marches. No individual tune is to exceed 3 minutes.
Class 4 One song with harp accompaniment (one performer). Lyrics must be in Irish.
Class 5 5a: Duet
5b: Harp ensemble. At least 3 musicians. Other instruments, including voice, may be combined with harp(s) in the ensemble
Class 6 Original composition in the Irish tradition performed by a harp ensemble. The ensemble may include instruments other than harp(s), as well as voice.
   
Uilleann Pipes
One slow air, and two fast tunes. The fast tunes may be any of: reels, hornpipes, jigs, polkas, mazurkas, or marches. The fast tunes may be strung together. No individual tune is to exceed 3 minutes.
   
Céilí Bands
Bands of at least three members. Three selections are required: 1) Reels: a selection of reels strung together. Maximum time 3 minutes. 2) Waltz. Maximum time 2 minutes. 3) A choice of dance tunes: hornpipe, jig, polka, mazurka, or march. Maximum time 3 minutes. Competitors will be primarily judged upon the “dancability” of the music (standard, consistent rhythm, and “feel” of the music).
   
Tin Whistle Bands A group of three or more musicians under the age 12. Two tunes of any type of traditional Irish music, chosen by the competitors.
 
Dancing Competitions
   
Sean Nós Dancing
Single dancing in traditional style (Ottawa Valley style is permitted but without clickers on shoes). Props may not be used. Live music will be available for dancers, or they may provide a single accompanist of their own. The bout of dancing will not exceed 4 minutes.
   
Set Dancing
Team of 8 (maximum of two substitutions). Each team dances 3 figures: 2 compulsory and 1 optional. Compulsory figures (2017): Cashel, Figure 4; Corofin Plain Set, Figure 4. Optional figure, one of: Boyne Set, Figure 2; Merchant Set, Figure 2; Clare Lancers, Figure 5. Half Set Groups (2017): Loughraney Half Set, Figures 4, 5 & 6. Live music will be available for dancers.