Sunday 21 October 2018

Singer/songwriter Orla (10) makes her television debut

Singer/songwriter Orla McDermott (10) will make her television debut on Sunday November 12 on the TG4 programme, Junior Eurovision.

A 5th class student in Scoil Aonghusa and a member of Drogheda Comhaltas and the Lourdes youth choir, Orla entered the competition on the recommendation of Lolo Robinson chairperson of Drogheda comhaltas and auditioned, getting through to the last 60.

At that stage she had to compose her own song in Irish and chose to write about her friend Isobel who had left the school earlier in the year. She called the song Cairdeas meaning friendship . She got help from Aonghus O Ruanaidh , her uncle Micheal O Broin and Ciara Branigan, as well as Gerry Simpson in studio.

She got through to the last 32 with her song which meant going forward to the televised bout and on the night a bus full of school friends their parents and other close friends travelled to cheer her on as well as family - some of whom came all the way from Sligo!

Orla's love of music is in the blood as her late uncle Brian O Broin produced a CD called Ceol don Cheili, a compilation of Irish dancing songs.

Tune in on Sunday 12th November 8pm TG4 to see how she gets on.

Drogheda Independent