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Sunday 22 September 2019

Leah is crowned Carlingford's Oyster Pearl

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Bronagh Quinn (left), 2018 Carlingford Oyster Pearl with Leah Kirwan, winner of the 2019 Carlingford Oyster Pearl
Bronagh Quinn (left), 2018 Carlingford Oyster Pearl with Leah Kirwan, winner of the 2019 Carlingford Oyster Pearl

First she captured the hearts of the nation singing a song with her younger brother and now she's captured the crown as Carlingford's Oyster Pearl.

Leah Kirwan, whose videos singing with her brother Noah, who has Down Syndrome, went viral, was named as this year's winner of the Carlingford Oyster Pearl on Sunday at the Carlingford Oyster Festival.

Leah, who was sponsored by The Baytree Restaurant and Belevedere House B&B was a popular winner as she was presented with her prize on Sunday afternoon, taking over from last year's winner Bronagh Quinn.

A thrilled Leah posted on Facebook that she was 'absolutely in shock' after being crowned as the 2019.

'Still can't get over the fact that I've won't the oyster pearl 2019, completely overwhelmed!!

What an amazing weekend with amazing people,' she said, thanking her sponsors and all those who had organised the event.

Leah had made a big impression on the judges as she took part in a variety of events including sheep shearing!

The former Bush Post Primary School student and her little brother became internet sensations in 2015 after a casual video posted on a Facebook page went viral, amassing an astonishing 2.7million views to date.

As a result of this, they then appeared on Late, Late Toy Show in November 2015, singing David Guetta's 'Titanium'.

Leah recorded a version of the song with fellow students at Bush Post Primary School the following year, raising funds for Down Syndrome Ireland.

Two year's later, Leah also found she had another internet hit on her hands when she posted a song which she had composed especially for her little brother.

Since then she has been performing with another talented local musician, Cian McKeever.

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