Pól Ó Ceannabháin, is the Gaeltacht Ambassador for Oíche Chultúir 2020.
He is a native of An Aird Thoir, Carna, in an area known as Iorras Aithneach in the west Galway Gaeltacht, probably the richest area in Ireland for sean-nós songs and singers.
Pól is the son of the well-known singer Michael Mháire an Ghabha and inherited most of his songs from him and his mother before him, Máire Ghabha. He gained national recognition for his singing when he won the coveted men’s sean-nós singing competition at Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 2005 at the age of 19 going on to win the most prestigious of all sean-nós competitions, Corn Uí Riada at Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 2012. He also was Awarded TG4 Gradam Ceoil Singer of the Year in 2016.
Like all great artists, he has combined his inherent and inherited talents with a personality of his own. He is a regular broadcaster who can turn his hand to acting and presenting with natural ease. He has presented and appeared in films and TV shows such as, Cúl an Tí, Opry an Iúir, Abair Amhrán, Fonnadóirí na hAirde, Tobar an Cheoil, Song of Granite, Murder Mám Trasna and Opry an Iúir to mention but a few.
“I’m very proud and honoured to be asked to be the ambassador for culture night 2020. I feel that this gives me an opportunity to share the sean-nós style of singing with the wider world and demonstrate that the Irish language lives on in these songs. The Irish language has and is under pressure, like a boat sailing on the sea, trying to navigate the choppy waters. Everyone who uses the Irish language is giving wind to the sails of that boat and the language is propelled to the next generation and lives on.”