Thursday 14 November 2019

Stars shine on TLT stage

Dundalk, Drogheda, Navan and from all parts of Fingal, the talent came and gave their all at the TLT

Hubert Murphy

The annual Secondary School Stars competition, held at the TLT in Drogheda, is always spectacular - and last week's opening heat didn't disappoint.

Desert Roses from Portmarnock opened the night and proved real showmen to the delight of the judges, Derek Ekins, Theresa McKenna and Conor Whearty.

Millie Anderson from Loreto, Balbriggan, followed with a faultless performance, stating that teacher Fiona Mulvanny had helped her a lot. 'You have it! jduge Derek beamed.

Colaiste na hInse pair Ryan Mullins and Emily Clarke performed a unique version of 'Suspicious Minds' while Aoife Walsh from Ballymakenny, Drogheda, was awesome.

Former St Marnock's choir member, Adam Mooney from Portmarnock, was one of the most energenic on the night and Sarah Woulfe from Navan followed with a great performance.

Molly K Maguire from St Vincent's, Seatown, Dundalk, left some of the judges pretty emotional with her version of Ed Sheeran's 'You're Home'. She said she began singing at 3 years old and had been helped greatly by teacher, Lisa Sharkey.

Megan Butterly from Ballymakenny raised the bar again with 'Skinny Love' - a faultless performer who left judge Conor Whearty 'speechless'.

63 students make up 'One Voice' from Loreto, Balbriggan, a sign language choir, who amazed the crowd. They studied signing in TY and decided to make a choir as a result. 'You blew us away,' judge Derek Ekins stated.

The rockers from Cope, made up of St Oliver's and St Patrick's, took centre stage and never left it, a true tribute to Guns n' Roses.

Ballymakenny's Daria McKenna peformed 'The one that got away' and was spellbinding throughout, Jack Carey from Colaiste na hInse following with 'Rocket Man' and if there's a star in the future it's him. Born with dyslexia that made learning songs tough, he has persued the dream.

EJ Dunne from Bush Post Primary in Dundalk hit all the high notes in 'Valerie' and was a class act. He attends three stage schools and Irene Dunne's vocal lessons have been a huge help.

Portmarnock's finest, Ciaran and Sophie, were highly impressive, two masterful artists performing 'Every Breaking Wave'.

Kaelah Maguire from Ballymakenny was praised by judge Conor Whearty for a 'great performance' and the same went to Daniel Armstrong from Gormanston, who delivered a unique version of 'I will always love you' - judge Theresa McKenna remarking, 'an original take on a classic.'

Aisling Leahy from Loreto, Balbriggan, was another to benefit from Fiona Mulvanney's coaching and her musical theatre effort will see her 'heading to Broadway', according to judge Derek Ekins.

St Joseph's Rush was represented by Riaghan Boardman and his version of 'Jealous of the Rain' was pure perfection.

The Unite Dance Crew from Loreto, Balbriggan, ended the night with a burst of energy that only they can do. 25 girls were all in unison.

On the night, the judges had a very difficult job to select four qualifiers.

They went for Molly K.Maguire, Megan Butterly, COPE & Aisling Leahy.

The audience votes saw One Voice - Loreto Balbriggan school choir, Jack Carey - Colaiste Na hinse, Riaghan Boardman - St.Josephs Rush and Unite Dance CRew - Loreto Balbriggan also qualify for the final on Wednesday November 13.

The next set of heats were on October 22 and 23 at the TLT, 7.30pm start.

Drogheda Independent