The search for Ireland’s most talented family is back

by Alison O'Hanlon
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The call was put out for singing, dancing and musical families and now the best the nation has to offer will compete against each other, all vying to be crowned Ireland’s top performing family!

Which families will take their talent from the sitting room to the national stage and be crowned our champion?

Returning to the judging panel is, Irial Ó Ceallaigh and Sinéad Ní Uallacháin. 

Irial knows all about talented families. Son of the legendary sean- nós singer Áine Uí Cheallaigh, he and his brother have both won Comórtas na bhFear at the Oireachtas.

Sinéad is an award-winning podcaster and will bring her experience in theatre and as a producer to the panel. 

Each week they’ll be joined by a different guest judge from the world of showbiz. 

In the first show master fiddle player Doireann Ní Ghlacáin will be adding her expertise to the panel. 

The other guest judges are Gavan Ó Rinn, tenor extraordinaire and winner of Réalta Agus Gaolta in 2020, along with his wife Nicola;

Presenter Síomha Ní Ruairc

John Spillane – musician, singer and international storyteller; champion harp and whistle player, dancer and singer Séamus Ó Flatharta

Cuthbert Arutura – Irish traditional singer and dancer, renown for blending in his African heritage to create his own unique and acclaimed style; 

Aoife Ní Bhriain, the internationally award-winning fiddle player; Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh – founding member of Altan and majestic fiddle player; 

And Sibéal Ní Chasaide, who was born into the traditional family group “Na Casaidigh” and is an accomplished musician and singer, forging a successful solo career here at home and abroad.    

Keeping order on proceedings and making sure that the judges, and families, behave themselves, is presenter Síomha Ní Ruairc. 

Réalta Agus Gaolta, starts Sunday, 30th October 2022, at 8.30pm, on TG4.

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