There was great entertainment at the inaugural Tipperary Education and Training Board talent search finals held in Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in Cahir last week.
It proved to be a showcase of the best talent in the county’s ETB schools (formerly North and South Tipp VECs).
A Sport and Cultural Council was establisheed last year to organise competitions between the schools, streteching from Carrick-on-Suir to Borrisokane, to give them the platform to display their talents and create their own identity - and judging by the level of entertainment on display last week, it certainly succeeded.
There were entries from Borrisokane Community College, Coláiste Chluain Meala, CTI Clonmel & Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn, Clonmel; Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir; Coláiste Mhuire,Thurles; Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré; Comeragh College, Carrick-on-Suir; Nenagh College; Newport College; Scoil Ruain, Killenaule; St. Ailbe’s, Tipperary Town; St. Joseph’s Special School, Ferryhouse; and Templemore College of Further Education.
Six acts in both the junior and senior sections won through to the finals in Cahir and they were -
Siobhan Phelan, Irish Dancer from Nenagh College;
Leah Murphy from Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Cahir sang ‘I Am Yours’ by Ella Henderson;
A Contemporary Irish Dance Act from Borrisokane Community College;
Cáit & Madhbh de Barra from Gaelcholáiste Cheitínn, Clonmel performed ‘I Miss You’ by Blink 182;
Ava Lawrence, Irish Dancer from Scoil Ruáin, Killenaule;
Orla Cleary from Coláiste Phobal, Roscrea played a medley of songs on the tin whistle.
“Up the Road”, Musical Group from St. Ailbe’s, Tipperary Town performed “Roll Away Your Stone”;
Musical Chorus from Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir sang “At The End of the Day” from Les Miserables;
Eoin Hobbs from Coláiste Phobal, Roscrea played a medley of songs on the Piano;
Leah Rooney from Nenagh College sang Clown by Emile Sande;
Louise Ryan from Borrisokane Community College played a medley of songs on the Piano;
Jessica Brett from Scoil Ruáin, Killenaule performed You Found Me by The Fray
An array of talent was displayed in the areas of Irish dance, solo singing, piano playing, tin whistle playing, music groups – singing and playing musical instruments, the talent was phenomenal which left the four judges with a very difficult job to adjudicate and pick the winner.
The judges were Jean Downey (Irish Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick); Johnny B (Johnny B and the Boogie Men); John Bermingham (Local Musician and Proprietor of Crocanoir) and Michael O’Donoghue (Vice President and Director).
And their decision was -
1st: Ava Lawrence, Irish Dancer from Scoil Ruáin, Killenaule;
2nd: Orla Cleary, tin whistle player from Coláiste Phobal, Roscrea.
3rd: Leah Murphy, Solo Singer from Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Cahir;
1st: Eoin Hobbs, Piano Player from Coláiste Phobal, Roscrea;
2nd: Les Miserables Musical Chorus from Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir;
3rd: Up the Road, Musical Group from St. Ailbe’s, Tipperary Town;
Presentations were made to the winners by the Tipperary ETB Chief Executive Ms Fionuala McGeever and the Tipperary ETB Chairperson Cllr. John Hogan.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in arranging this wonderful competition and making it a huge success under the guidance and leadership of the Chair of the Sports and Cultural Council Mr. Gerry McGill.