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Sunday 20 April 2014

Voice's Kelly still living in caravan

Kelly McDonagh-Mongan

A YOUNG woman who shot to fame on the Voice of Ireland TV show has revealed she still lives in a caravan and does not have the money to buy musical equipment to work professionally.

Kelly McDonagh-Mongan (20) made headlines last year when she was runner-up on the talent show, despite competing while pregnant.

Kelly, from Fermoy, gave birth to son Bernie just days after she was narrowly beaten to the national title by fellow Co Cork singer, Keith Hanley.

She is now the focus of an RTE documentary, What Kelly Did Next, to be screened next week -- and she hopes it will help her dream to work in the entertainment industry.

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Despite her fame from the TV show, Kelly said her life is basically unchanged.

She continues to live in a caravan as she awaits re-housing with her husband, Bernie Snr, and their child.

"I'm living in Galway now but life is still pretty much the same," she said. "I have lots of requests to sing at weddings, but unfortunately I can't do it professionally. That needs a lot of expensive equipment and we just don't have the money for it.

"We are on the housing list here and are hoping to get our home in the city or a place in a halting site.

"Baby Bernie is a Galway man as he was christened here and we are very happy living here."

Kelly said she had hoped for a bigger break in the entertainment industry following her appearances on The Voice.

"I haven't made a recording yet. I had one offer but unfortunately that just didn't work out," she said.

The Voice begins its 2014 season on Sunday, and Kelly said she hopes the programme will transform the lives of competitors.

"It's a great experience, but you have to be willing to work hard," she said.

What Kelly Did Next is on RTE 2 next Thursday at 9.30pm.

hnews@herald.ie

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