Sunday 17 November 2019

School Stars keep shining

Young Fingal talent at School Stars competition

Skerries Community College student Jessica Doolan has been hailed as a ready made recording artist after a stunning performance at the final heats of the School Stars 2019 in the TLT in Drogheda.

The former Holmpatrick NS student stunned the judges and audience with a rendition of 'Over the Rainbow' - securing her place in the final on November 13.

Her sense of calm confidence just entranced the audience.

Jessica, who said she loves the adrenaline of performing on stage, silenced the auditorium with judge, Theresa McKenna hardly able to speak afterwards! 'I'm just speechless. We witnessed something really special. You are out of this world,' she stated.

Follow judge Derek Ekins added, 'we have a recording artist'.

Jessica is no stranger to impressing judges however and last year made the final of Ireland's Junior Eurovision. On that occasion, Ryan O'Shaughnessy said she would be 'a dream for Eurovision'.

Jessica wasn't the only Skerries CC performer to shine on the night, Lola Cody - a self taught guitarist - delivering a spellbinding performance of 'Bad Romance' and that sending her through to the final as well.

There were a series of top performances too from a host of students from the region over two nights of competition.

Matthew Flannery (Skerries) was hailed by the judges as were Divine (Glor na Mara, Balbriggan) Thomas and Fred (Skerries CC) and the gritty and original voice of Dean McDermott from Skerries CC.

On Tuesday, the soulful piano playing Cliodhna Rutherford from Ardgillan was stunning, performing her own song 'I Wish' - a letter to her past self.

The master of the piano keys was Samuel Kovalcuk from Ardgillan while Rachel Hughes from Ardgillan was faultless with 'I Can Hear the Bells'.

Fingal Independent