The White Memorial Theatre in Clonmel was packed to capacity last Saturday night to see an amazing array of young talented musicians, singers and dancers perform on stage in the inaugural Clonmel’s Got Talent show.
The event, which was the brainchild of Clonmel Commercials to raise funds for the juvenile section of the club, was a massive success, affording a platform to young talent in the area, and which is due to become one of the social highlights of the year in the town.
“The response to the event was unbelievable. It generated huge interest among young people as well as raising the profile of the club in a very positive way,” said the organising chairperson Martina O’Reilly.
180 acts entered the talent competition with the finale held at the White Memorial on Saturday night, with tickets sold out for the final show in 40 minutes.
“It was a fantastic night, wonderful entertainment. Not only did it showcase local talent but it gave young people an opportunity to meet and was a place for them to go, it was a very important social event for young people,” said Martina.
A total of 20 acts made it through to the final on Saturday night, eleven in the secondary school category and nine in the primary school category. The final acts were chosen after a series of preliminary rounds in the primary school section and three Saturday night shows in the secondary school category.
Mimi Lane, a Rockwell College student, won the secondary school section singing ‘Footsteps in the Sand’ and the winner of the primary school section was Saoirse Boyle (St.Oliver’s) singing Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’.
Rebecca Prendergast (Loreto); and Katie Keyes (Loreto) and James Dillon (High School) came second and third in the secondary school section.
Cian Smith (Ballymacarbry) and Angie Antonio (St.Oliver’s) came second and third in the primary school section.
“The standard was incredibly high and the final was a quality event enjoyed by everybody,” said Martina O’Reilly.
“A few women in the club came together and came up with the idea, going on the success of the X Factor and other talent shows and we thought it would be a runner. Little did we realise how big a runner it would be,” she said.
George Barry acted as MC, introducing all of the acts to the audience and among the organising committee was Ned Brophy, Chairman of the Clonmel Commercials club.
Martina said the organising committee had already decided to make Clonmel’s Got Talent an annual event.
“We would like to thank all of the schools for accommodating the organisers regarding the application process and for encouraging pupils to take part,” she said.
Martina said Clonmel’s Got Talent resulted in thousands of extra hits on the Clonmel Commercials website over the few weeks that the show was running. She thanked all of the acts that took part since the start of the competition and the parents and the public for supporting the shows in the White Memorial Theatre.
The organising chairperson also thanked the judges - Keith Greene, Maria Fennessy, Molly Daly, Sheena Nix and Mary Burke - who had attended all of the shows and adjudicated on the final night.