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Clonakilty singer wins IMRO song competition

November 12th, 2015 5:05 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Mide Houlihan is toasting her success in Tralee. (Photo: Domnick Walsh)

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CLONAKILTY singer songwriter Míde Houlihan was the toast of Tralee  after winning the 5th annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition. 

Her song Nuts & Bolts impressed the judges on the night and Míde picked up a cheque for €1,000 which was presented to her by Fintan Ryan, CEO of Tralee Credit Union and Keith Donald, chairman of IMRO.

Míde was joined by her parents and friends at last Saturday night’s live final at the Fels Point Hotel and she performed her song live along with the nine other finalists who were selected from over 200 entries from across Ireland and abroad. Aslan’s Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell also treated the audience to a special guest performance on the night.

‘I was super surprised to win and am overwhelmed and happy as the competition was so high,’ a delighted Míde told The Southern Star.

Míde has been performing as a solo singer since 2011 and since then she has become a regular on the live music scene in Cork, having supported acts such as Fred, and Doug Paisley in the past. She released her debut album ‘Coloured In’ in June of this year, which was recorded and produced in Cauldron Studios with Bill Shanley. The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition takes place as a tribute to the life and music of one of Tralee’s most famous sons and in celebration of the continued song writing talent in cotemporary music in Ireland.

For more, see ‘Míde Houlihan’ on Facebook.

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