A call-out to choirs!

RTÉ lyric fm is inviting choirs around the country to sing A Galway Blessing and send in your recording to Evelyn Grant's Weekend Drive when a selection of recordings will be chosen and shared on the programme on RTÉ lyric fm.

View and download accompanying documents here;
Paper Boat anthem Word Sheet
Paper Boat Anthem Sheet Music and words.

What is A Galway Blessing?

Elaine Agnew and Jessica Traynor have written a new community opera called Paper Boat. Included in the opera is this piece A Galway Blessing which is a setting of the famous tune The West's Awake set to new lyrics.

What opera is A Galway Blessing from?

A Galway Blessing is from Paper Boat an opera which was commissioned by Music for Galway and Galway 2020 in association with Irish National Opera. A full performance of the opera will take place on Saturday 23 April, 5pm in St Nicholas' Collegiate Church in Galway

Why learn and record A Galway Blessing?

We thought this would be a really nice piece to add to your choir's repertoire. With the much loved melody and new lyrics - we recommend you give it a sing through!


If you would like to send in your recording of A Galway Blessing - here are some guidelines:

  • All choirs - school, college, amateur and semi-professional are welcome to enter!
  • One audio recording/entry only per choir
  • Attach an audio file/ MP3 recording to the email
  • Attach a jpeg of the choir to the email - so we can see you all in action!
  • Send us a short description of the choir and where you are from
  • Email your entry to: weekenddrive@rte.ie

**Please note a selection of entries will be played on Evelyn Grant's Weekend Drive Saturday (4-6.30pm) and Sunday (4-6pm). By entering you accept that not all choirs can be played on-air. But, Evelyn will share all the recordings sent into us on the Soundcloud page below.



Some further Information to guide and support your submission.


For more details about the forthcoming opera production see Paper Boat | Irish National Opera

*By entering you agree that the submission can be used on social media, websites, audio platforms and on radio and online.