Saturday 24 March 2018

Voices ring out in The Glen

Mary Ann O’Sullivan delighted her Laharn Heritage Centre supporters.
Mary Ann O’Sullivan delighted her Laharn Heritage Centre supporters.

THE latest group of hopefuls in the Voice of the Glen competition took to the stage to rapturous applause at the Glen Theatre in Banteer last Sunday night.

As in previous weeks the standard of competitions was extremely high, giving judges the difficult task of selecting four qualifiers for the next round from among the 11 talented contestants. Eventually they selected Nora Kennedy representing the Deebert Hotel, John Murphy (Cois Abhine, Freemount), Conor Hartnett (Sunday Night Club, Banteer) and Newmarket's Eimer Guiney (Pieta House) to go through.

Seamus O'Keeffe, PRO at the Glen Theatre, told The Corkman that the venue had to turn away telephone bookings from people such was the interest from the public wishing to be part of the audience.

"The theatre was packed again. In fact, we have to set up monitors in the bar and another room to allow people to see the action on stage," said Seamus.

"This competition has really caught the imagination of people who travelled from far and wide to be in the audience. You always believe an event like this will be popular, but I don't think anyone really thought it would be such a huge success," he added.

Next Sunday night another 11 contestants will take to the stage at the Glen, all hoping to get their hands on the top prize of €1,000, with an additional €500 going to the group of place they represent.

They will be: Richie Fitzgerald representing Murphy's Pub, Barraduff; Anne Marie Scully (ANG Productions, Mallow), Joan O'Leary (Millstreet St Vincent de Paul), Joe Twomey (Hoggy's Bar, Donoughmore), Mike O'Brien (Castle Arms, Castletownroche), Angela Lyons (Jeff's Bar, Castlemagner), Joan O'Connell (ALC Millstreet), Jerry Kelleher (Murphy's Bar, Barraduff), Tommy Gouranga (Food For All), Barry Lorey (Cork Historical Society) and (Banteer Camogie Club).

The heat will get underway at 8.30pm with admission €10.

Again, people are advised to arrive early to make sure of a place in the audience.