Pádraigín had a busy week giving interviews to BBC television, TG4 Nuacht, Meon Eile Independent television, LMFM Drogheda, Argus Dundalk, BLAS BBC radio, Dundalk Democrat,

Here she is performing Gleann na nDeor with The Voice Squad.

Her performances at GRADAM TG4 in the Waterfront Belfast February 4, can be viewed on TG4 Player and on TG4 Facebook Gradam page at


Pádraigín was presented with one of the 2018 Oscars in traditional music, Gradam Ceoil Tg4,  for her ‘Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Song’

She was presented with the award by actor Stephen Rea in the Waterfront theatre in Belfast on February 4.

She performed two songs with singers from Oriel including The Voice Squad, which can be heard here


Pádraigín recipient of Outstanding Contribution Award at Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018

Pádraigín has been awarded Gradam Comaoin (Outstanding Contribution) for Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018. The awards concert will take place at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Sunday 4 February and will also be broadcast on TG4.

Other awards recipients include Frankie Gavin (Gradam Ceoil), Clare Friel (Ceoltóir Óg), Patsy Hanly (Gradam Saoil), Máire Ní Chéilleachair (Amhránaí na Bliana), Maura O’Keeffe – (Comharcheol) and  The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band (Gradam Speisialta).

This multi-talented woman is a singer, researcher, poet and composer. She is an authority on the music and song traditions of the Oriel area of Ireland. Her many and wide ranging contributions include 9 recordings of traditional song, children’s song, lullabies and her own acclaimed compositions.
Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018

Speaking to Siobhán Long, Pádraigín said: “It’s always nice to get recognition. We’re all very human. An award like this coming at a certain point of your career is very nice because it means that your work is recognised as public work, not personal. And I’m very conscious of doing work for public benefit.

You can read Pádraigín and other recipients’ interviews at The Irish Times. You can also read the Gradam Ceoil TG4 citation and biography at

Heaney and Songs of the Scribe: On Home Ground Festival

On Home Ground Festival
On Home Ground Festival

Pádraigín is to perform at On Home Ground, a festival that celebrates Seamus Heaney over four days in Magherafelt. Performing with Pádraigín will be Zoe Conway, John McIntyre, two of Ireland’s most gifted and versatile musicians, and Poets Leontia Flynn and Medbh McGuckian. Continue reading “Heaney and Songs of the Scribe: On Home Ground Festival”