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Le Crunch Apple of My Eye song contest 2016



Calling all Limerick musicians! Le Crunch and are on the prowl for Ireland’s “greatest cover version”, for the Le Crunch Apple of My Eye song contest 2016. With a prize of €2,500 and industry recognition on offer for the winner, the popular Apple of My Eye song contest has resurrected with the aim in finding the best in undiscovered musical talent.

Paddy McKenna said the song contest was “a great opportunity for budding Limerick artists to have their talents showcased to a huge audience and also have their song checked out by some influential people from the Irish music industry.

“We’re looking forward to hearing what is out there.”

Sandrine Gaborieau of Le Crunch said: “We’ve been thrilled with the quality and amount of entries that the competition has received in previous years and it has been a privilege to help discover such new and exciting talent. We’re once again looking forward to hearing another superb batch of songs.”

The national final will take place in Whelan’s music venue in Dublin on March 9, with five acts to perform in front of a live audience. The 5 finalists will perform their cover song live to a full house, and the winner of the night will walk away from the competition with €2,000 and the four runners-up will receive €125.

Musicians can enter the contest with their material and will perform before a panel of renowned judges from the Irish music industry including Shane Dunne, founder of Indiependence music festival and  UL graduate, Paddy McKenna of RTE and Niamh Farrell the lead singer of HamsandwicH. So not only is there the opportunity to win an amazing prize, you can also network and build relationships with some of the biggest names in Irish music.

There are three ways in which hopeful contestants can reach out and apply to the competition. Entries must be sent to in one of the three following ways:

  • Email your entry to [email protected] with your file attached or alternatively a link to your Youtube video included in the body of the email. You must also include your contact details in this email.
  • Contact or via Facebook message or post your entry publicly on your Facebook page with the hashtag #LeCrunchSongs – if you choose this application method you will be contacted for your contact details if you are chosen as a semi-finalist.
  • Lastly, via Twitter. Post your video publicly in a tweet including the hashtag #LeCrunchSongs in your tweet.

The 10 semi-finalists will be required to travel to Dublin in advance of the final to be profiled on site in a video interview – meaning you must be available to travel if you are a semi-finalist.

Deadline for entries is February 12. For more information see

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.