Dazzling display of talent at schools X-factor night


Published 05/12/2012 | 09:36

Some of the students who took part in the X Factor competition between Presentation Convent and St. Michael's College. Listowel on Thursday last. Top, from left: Anna Enright, Darren McDonnell and Shauna O'Connor. Below: Pres pupils Kaylen Chute, Tara...

EVEN the teachers couldn't resist the lure of the stage on Thursday night as two secondary schools came together for a X-Factor contest that brought out the incredible talent of north Kerry teenagers.

Students from St Michael's College and the Presentation Secondary Convent in Listowel made amazing music over the course of the night at St Michael's Hall.

But one of the star turns came when five St Michael's teachers, including vice principal Liam Hassett, jumped up to strut their stuff. The act - which included the famous YMCA '80s hit - fairly brought the house down.

Thankfully, the musical students of both schools were on hand to restore artistic order.

"It was a great night, a massive success and we're already looking forward to next year," Liam Hassett said of the inaugural event, which was judged by principals John Mulvihill and Sr Nuala O'Leary as well as Miss Universe Ireland Aoife Hannon and Kerry footballer Brian Maguire.

"John and Sr Nuala were like Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger and it was fantastic to have Aoife and Brian on the panel as well," said Liam.

Aoife's dad Jim, meanwhile, ensured a stunning show through his lighting expertise and all ran swimmingly - and on time- under the production of St Michael's teacher Emer Fennelly.

But the real stars were the teenage talent, with Presentation fifth-class student Tara Downes taking first place for her rendition of Duffy's Mercy. St Michael's first-year student David Sheehy took second place with Kaylene Chute and Darren McDonald in third and fourth place respectively.

"The 19 acts were incredible really and everyone enjoyed the show thoroughly, it was a great night," Liam said.

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