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St Patrick’s College Leaving cert Student Kavan Donohoe Cavan Town wins the Grace Nugent Cup

It has been 29 years since the Granard Harp Festival was revived and each year it has gone from strength to strength. Each year local and visiting harpists from Ireland and overseas, head to the north Longford town for the renowned competition. All competitors had to play one tune from each category:
I. Traditional Slow Air
2. Traditional Irish Dance Music 3. Other Irish Music :( March, Planxty: Ancient and Modern Harp Music)…

Kavan has been playing the harp for 11 years and also plays the Uilleann Pipes and Guitar. He won the O’Carolan International Harp Festival (Keadue, Co. Roscommon) at the age of 16 and had won the Granard Traditional junior Harp Festival on several occasions. Performed on music shows such as Blas (BBC2), The Fleadh Programme (RTE) and Mass on Sunday (RTE) and also featured on RTE Radio1, RTE Radio Na Gaeltachta, RTE 2FM and BBC Radio Ulster. Shannonside/Northern Sound Joe Finnegan/Charlie Mc Gettigan/Johnny O Keefe shows and the Ryan Tubridy RTE One radio show. In the summer of 2008 Kavan worked with Brian Irvine in a moving on music project within the county and has played at many of the traditional festivals all over Europe including France, Italy and Switzerland at harp festivals and traditional Irish festivals and has performed solo for the Prince of Wales in Northern Ireland.

Highlights include the Shetland Festival, Corofin Trad festival ,Catskills Irish music week USA and the Nyah Festival He was also an award winner at the highly competitive Meitheal Summer School in Limerick 2008 and a recipient of a Cavan Co Council Arts Act grant towards his EPK media pack and played support for fiddler Zoë Conway and singers Sean O Se and Andy Irvine among others and toured fourteen venues with Macalla na hÉireann, the 2009 Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland  Kavan and his sister Savannah perform at weddings and corporate events throughout Ireland

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Further Information  from Martin Donohue  (+353) (0)86 2342270
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