Friday 24 November 2017

Rebel county on song as choir wins titantic battle

Presentation College from Ballyphehane, Cork, celebrates winning the All-Island School Choir competition.
Presentation College from Ballyphehane, Cork, celebrates winning the All-Island School Choir competition.

A CORK secondary school has hit the high note by winning the competitive All-Island School Choir Competition.

Four schools competed live on television and in front of an audience – including the North's First Minister Peter Robinson – at the Titanic Building in Belfast.

After seeing off competition from 20 schools in the regional finals, the Presentation College Ballyphehane, Cork, was last night declared the winner.

The other three finalists were Blackrock College, Dublin; Strathearn School, Belfast; and the Ursuline College, Sligo. The final was broadcast live on RTE.

Winning choir director, Anne Dunphy, said it had been a "fantastic experience for the girls in teamwork, commitment and achieving goals".

Peter Sheridan, chief executive of Co-operation Ireland, said all of the 79 schools in the competition had put "many long hours" into learning lyrics and rehearsing, and it played a part towards improving on a shared society on the island.

It is the fifth year of the competition and the winners walk away with €4,800 and the finalists €1,200.

Irish Independent

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