Colaiste Dun Iascaigh’s annual expose of talent played to a full house in the Colaiste’s Hall. The much-anticipated showcase lived up to expectations of all who saw it.
The show kicked off with a group of students from first, fifth and sixth year singing songs from the glorious musical Les Miserables.
Throughout the night each group brought their own personality to their own performance. The second years rocked, rolled and brought the house down with their vibrant interpretations of classic lively numbers, contemporary and classic.
The Transition Years replayed their performance from the previous night with a series of songs finished off by Lorcan Blake’s deep bass austerity classic, I Need A Dollar.
Throughout the night we were treated to superb individual playing by Veronica McNamara, Graham McCormack, Tia Gordei, Aaron McCormack, Jack Predergast, Aisling Hickey and Jessica Coffey. We also saw some fine Irish dancing by Kate O’Brien.
Laughter on the night was given to us by Graham Halley, Michaela Maher and Kevin Farrell. They presented Anton Chekhov’s hilarious one act play, The Proposal. The production had the audience in stitches as we saw the characters squirm their way through their unlikely confusion.
The third years gave us an excellent exercise in low-fi singing. Luke Farrell and Ciara Creagh-Peshau sang a beautiful duet, Niamh O’Brien sang Mama Cass’s Dream a Little Dream and Coralie McNamara gave us Proud Mary.
The first year music group showed that there is no fear for the future talent in the Colaiste with wonderful harmonies and great solo singing. A star in the future from the first year group was young Donal O’Donnell who enthralled the audience with his moves and his performance of I’m Getting Married.
The sixth year class were getting their final bow of their Colaiste Careers and each of them performed brilliantly. Graham Halley, Dean Buckley, Maria Doverman, Orla Duggan, Rebacca Quinn, Lorna Hanley and Karen Keegan have been centre stage since they arrived in the Colaiste five and six years ago and they will be missed by many. There would not be any showtime without the majesty and motivation of Norma Barry and Deirdre Buckley. These two ladies continually deliver the goods and the audience were eagerly awaiting the notification of their next venture and the naming of next year’s show: Grease is the word.
Colaiste Dun Iascaigh’s in house debating final took place recently. Highly competitive opening rounds featuring over fifty debaters resulted in the A and B final taking place recently. The B final was a highly spirited affair with the eventual winners Glen Keane and first year student Kaylen Murray narrowly edging out Maeve Tobin and Shauna o’Gorman. Sarah Coleman won the prize for best individual speaker.
The A final was adjudicated by three distinguished adjudicators, Senator Paul Bradford, Mr. Joe Johannes and Mr. Francis McCormack. The teams debated the motion That This House Believes That The Irish People Have Lost Their Way. The eventual winners were the highly experienced Dean Buckley and his partner Kevin Farrell. The runners up were Kenneth Conlon from second year and first year student Aaron Enright. The best individual was Graham Halley. Congratulations to all and best of luck to those from the Debating society who leave us this year to go to college.