After watching the A-Factor talent show that took place in the Excel theatre recently there is no doubt that the standard of musical talent we have in Tipperary town is incredibly high.
The students from St. Annes, St. Ailbe’s and the Abbey secondary schools took to the stage as bands and solo artists, singing creative mashed-up versions of chart-topping songs and wowing the audience with their enthusiastic performances.
“It was a hard task to pick the acts who went through to the live show on the night as the talent coming out of the three schools was immense. In-house auditions were held in each school and teachers were given the task to pick who got through. Seven acts went through from each school,” explained Abbey teacher Dan Riall. “There was amazing talent on show from all the acts including the youngest contestant Shronell N.S. Hannah Kate Heffernan who performed with Ciaran Crowe, a first year from the Abbey C.B.S. The talent was very much on show from all students ranging from first years to sixth years.”
Talented Ethan McGrath, a 6th year student from the Abbey won the competition with a great acoustic version of The Proclaimers song, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). Ethan will spend a day in Tipp FM’s recording studion. The best act from St. Anne’s went to: Megan and Leonie Keating O’Connor who sang, I See Fire by Ed Sheeran. The best act from St. Ailbe’s was a group of three girls, Silvia, Natalia, Martina who sang Safe and Sound and John Hayes, a sixth year in the Abbey, was awarded a new category by the Credit Union, ‘The Most Improved’ on last year’s competition singing Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it off’.
The judges for this years A-Factor were: Joe Franklin from Tipperary Musical Society, Breda McCarthy from the Credit Union and David Condon from Tipp Mid-West. The presenters on the night were John Moloney from Tipp Mid-West, Eimear Hennessy from St. Anne’s, Patrick Ryan from St. Ailbe’s, Zach O’Halloran and Cormac Maher from the Abbey and RTE’s Fair City actress Rachel Pilkington presented the winners with their prizes.
The Abbey school offer a huge thank you to the hard working A-Factor committee (over looked by teachers Mr. Darren Carew and Mr. Dan Riall), the Excel, Rachel Pilkington, the Credit Union, Tipp FM, Tipp Mid-West, all local businesses for their support all the talented acts who took part.