TG4 Documentary

Pádraigín has been busy in October 2018 filming an hour long documentary  ‘Sé Mo Laoch’ for TG4 to be shown in 2019. It was a unique opportunity to gather in musicians who have shared recordings with her, over the years, including Steve Cooney, Dónal O’Connor, Ódhrán Ó Casaide, Zoe Conway, John McIntyre, Sylvia Crawford, Darren Mag Aoidh, her son Macdara, and share songs with Feilimí & Siubhán O’Connor, Bláithín Mhic Cana, Piaras Ó Lorcáin and  Ríoghnach Connolly from Armagh.


Following the major TG4 Gradam Award in the Waterfront Hall  in January 2018, Pádraigín was received a further four accolades including ‘Mná an Mhisnigh(Women of Courage) Award  Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 from Craobh an Iúir de Chonradh na Gaeilge; a Cultural Achievement Award 2018 from GAA  An Mullach Bán; a Civic Award 2018, from Newry, Mourne and Down Council for her contribution to local culture and the Creative Arts Award 2018 at Fiddler’s Green Festival in Rostrevor, Co. Down.

Newry Civic Award 2018
‘Mná an Mhisnigh’ Award from Niall Comer Uachtarán Conradh na Gaeilge Bliain na Gaeilge 2018
Creative Cultural Award from Fiddler’s Green Festival with Tommy Sands 2018
Cultural Award GAA Mullaghbawn 2018 with Seán Mac Diarmada and Thomas Kelly
With harper, Sylvia Crawford and fiddler Darren Mag Aoidh Rostrevor 2018



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