The Castlebar Song Contest organised by the Chamber of Commerce is part of a drive to promote tourism in the Mayo region.
Chairman of the Castlebar Chamber of Commerce M J Egan says the hope is to find a song which will do for Castlebar what songs like 'Galway Bay', 'The Rose of Tralee' and 'Lovely Leitrim' have done for other Irish towns.
We want something pop now to publicise the town.
There have been about seventy entries for the competition. While M J Egan notes that some of the entries would not win a competition anywhere, he feels that they have
An embarrassment of good songs.
The Castlebar Song Contest was hosted by Gay Byrne and took place on 10 October 1966 at the Royal Ballroom in Castlebar. The contest was won by Dublin songwriter, Sheila Fawsitt Stewart with the song 'Caisleán A' Bharraigh'. The song was performed by showband 'Dragoons'. Sheila Fawsitt Stewart won a prize of £50.
A 'Newsbeat' report broadcast on 10 October 1966. The reporter is Cathal O'Shannon.