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Song Competition

Ireland has a long, rich history of music. Both deportation and emigration have been consistent themes that can be seen in songs such as the ‘Fields of Athenry’ and ‘Skibbereen’. As part of our campaign for the return of Vahram Artunyan, the Galway Anti Racism Network is inviting musicians to write and record a song raising awareness about Vahram, deportation and the 27th amendment.
Vahram arrived here from Armenia as an asylum seeker about 12 years ago. He left the Direct Provision system and got work as a barber. A few years later, he met Viktoria and they had a daughter. After the birth of his daughter, Vahram approached the Department of Justice and explained his situation. They had him travel to Dublin and sign in at the office there every month for 3 years. On the 16th of August 2018, Vahram went to sign in but was held. Vahram was brought before an emergency judge in a hotel room and deported to Armenia. Vahram’s wife Viktoria and their 3 year old daughter are still in Galway. Vahram can't enter Ireland and Alina can’t leave Ireland. Vahram is well known in Galway and was active in the community, he was particularly involved with local football clubs. 
How to enter:
Send your name, phone and contact information and a Google Drive link or YouTube link to your submission to with the subject line SONG COMPETITION. We will confirm receipt of your submission within 7 days. If you have a preferred method of submission to Drive or YouTube, reach out to us and we'll make accommodations where possible. 
Recording Time with the Forge Recording Studio, Galway.
Eanna McDonnacha
  • Entrants must be over 18
  • The closing date is the 7th of February, the Galway Anti Racism Network reserves the right to extend this date.
  • Winners will be notified and announced on the 14th February. 
  • The prize is a full day (8 hours) of recording time with the Forge Recording Studio, Galway. Winners will be responsible for their own transport to and from the Forge Recording Studio, Galway.
  • Entrants retain copyright of their song entries.
  • Entry to the competition is unlimited.
  • Winners will be contacted via phone and their names will be displayed on our website and social media accounts.
  • The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct or the results of a competition the decision of the Galway Anti Racism Network will be final.
  • will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.
  • No cash alternative will be awarded in lieu of stated prize(s).
  • If, due to circumstances beyond its control, a prize becomes unavailable the Galway Anti Racism Network reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value.
  • Use of a false name or address by a competition entrant will disqualify them from receiving any prize.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all taxes, insurance, fees and surcharges on any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  • The Galway Anti Racism Network accept no responsibility whatsoever for the the delay in supply of the prize, including without limitation, the failure of the winner to use the prize. The prize winners are required to complete all applicable booking and/or other formalities directly with the supplier.
  • The Galway Anti Racism Network reserves the right to change prize details without notice and all prizes are subject to availability.

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