The Koroit Irish Festival is home to the Koroit Bakehouse Australian Danny Boy Championship.
In 2016 the winner was Katie Hayward. Katie was one of 16 contestants lining up in the heats to decide the winner.
Entries for the 2017 Koroit Bakehouse Australian Danny Boy Championship are now being taken and can be done by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
First prize is $1000 so get your entry in now!
Entrants in the 2017 Danny Boy Championship will be selected from heats run on the day of the Festival, with a judging panel determining who moves into the final later that evening.
Danny Boy Heats: To be held on Saturday April 29 at the Commercial Hotel Koroit.
Final: Koroit Theatre.
The finalists will meet at the Koroit Theatre where the champion will be decided.
Final performance entrance fee
Your Festival day pass wristband on the day allows you to attend the Danny Boy Final. You can pre-purchase your festival day pass here.
For those who want to sing along, here are the words to the famous ballad!
Oh, Danny Boy the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
The summer’s gone, and all the roses falling,
It’s you, it’s you must go, and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow,
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow.
It’s I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow,
Oh Danny Boy, oh Danny Boy, I love you so.
But when ye come, and all the flow’rs are dying,
And if I’m dead, as dead I well may be.
Ye’ll come and find the place where I am lying,
And kneel and say an Ave there for me.
And I shall hear though soft you tread above me,
And though my grave shall, warmer, sweeter be.
For you will bend and tell me that you love me,
And I will sleep in peace until you come to me.
2016 – Katie Hayward
2015- Shannon Salisbury
2014 – Tali Morrissey
2013 – Nancie Schipper
2012 – Maja Pearson
2011 – Anne Bakker
2010 – Kevin Bowman
2009 – Carolyn Tomkin
2008 – David Cunningham
2007 – Rebecca Tomkin, Anne Gasko
2006 – Maja Ryan
2005 – Tom Nicholson
2004 – Gerrard Norman
2003 – Barbara Nolte
2002 – Peter mcElgunn
2001 – Ray Willis
2000 – Michael Morgan
1999 – Elizabeth Mason
1998 – Anne De Vries