The artists

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde

All the music on the CD accompanying this book was composed and arranged by Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde. Doimnic is an award-winning sean-nós singer from Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal. He was brought up in the culturally rich Gaeltacht area of north-west Donegal and all his life has been an enthusiast of Gaelic culture. He has a BMus (Hons) from Dublin Institute of Technology, and an MA from University of Limerick. He is a well-known sean-nós singer from Gaoth Dobhair, and winner of Corn Uí Riada, 2009. He has released five highly-acclaimed CDs and a hugely popular children’s songbook called Ící Pící. He also directs two Gaelic choirs – one in Belfast and one in Gaoth Dobhair.

Dara McGee

Dara holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Ulster University. He is a full-time artist and illustrator who works primarily making sets for theatre, TV and film e.g. Cré na Cille. He has also illustrated a number of children’s books, including Ící Pící and Báidín Fheidhlimidh. He also exhibits his own artwork from time to time.

Children on the CD:

The following are from Gaoth Dobhair: Sorcha Ní Lorcáin, Emma Nic Cumhaill, Darragh Mac Cumhaill, Colmán Mac Cumhaill, Brídín Ní Eidhin, Fionnuala Nic Aodha Bhuí and Ella Nic Giolla Chomhaill.

Róise Ní Mhurchú is from Derry.
Conall and Seán Mac Giolla Bhríde are from Cork.
And as everyone knows Santa Claus is from the North Pole.





Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde composed the music to every song. He wrote the words to: Polcaphonc, Damhsa na gCrubóg, An Bradán agus an Scadán, An Fíodóir, Sneachta ag titim, Plaisteach, Damhsa, Damhsa, Máire Rua, Plúitín is Plúiteog, Daidí na Nollag, An Domhan, Fásta, Comhairle, Oíche Mhaith.

The following poets wrote the words to the other six songs:

Máire Dinny Wren – Cór na nÉan.

Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde – Aisteach an Rud É.
Dr Art Hughes – Na Ceithre Shéasúr.
Joe Ó Dónaill – Mo Bholg Bocht.
Ray Mac Mánais – Turas Scoile, Tamaí Taibhse.


Musicians on the CD:

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde:Uilleann pipes, piano accordion, keyboard, harmonium, tin whistle and piano.

Mánus Lunny: Bouzouki and guitar.

Michael Danny Minnie Ó Dónaill: Electric guitar.

Dr Frances Morton: flute and tin whistle.

Graphic designer:

Caomhán Ó Scolaí

Translation and proofreading

Dr Art Hughes

Grammar advice:

Dr Art Hughes and Marcas Ó Murchú


Mánus Lunny


Paul McGeechan

Communications consultant and English proofreader:

Dr Frances Morton