Killury high achievers take well-deserved bow

YOUNGSTERS from Killury National School in Causeway enjoyed their moment in the spotlight when they performed at the prestigious Royal Irish Academy of Music High Achievers Award Concert in Limerick.

The concert , which showcases the best young and emerging musical talent in disciplines such as harp, piano, cello, choral verse and music theatre, took place at the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick.

The 21-strong group of students from third to sixth class in Killury National School were made up of young performers aged between 8 and 12 years, and teacher Pádraig Regan could not be prouder of his young protégés.

"A huge amount of work went into preparing for the concert. To be a success everyone in the class has to be on board, all the timing and the movement has to be perfect, and this year they really excelled," said Pádraig, who mentored the group alongside colleague Marie Scanlon.

"The standard at this concert is always very high; even to get to perform there is a huge honour and the children were thrilled," he added.

Every year a group from Killury NS undertakes the Royal Irish Academy of Music exams in choral verse as part of their speech and language curriculum. Under this the children perform in the school in front of a visiting judge and receive a pass, merit or distinction.

"This year were received a distinction and we were very happy with that, but then over the summer holidays we found out that we had been selected to audition for the concert as well which is amazing," Pádraig explained.

"We have received a distinction before but this is the first time a group from the school was chosen to go on and perform at the concert."

The Killury NS group performed two short children's poems at the Limerick concert on November 3 - Skippets, the Bad One and Sick- and showed no sign of nerves in front of a packed theatre hall, which included a large contingent of parents and supporters from Causeway.

After the performance, the entire group were awarded with a High Achievers Medal from the Academy in acknowledgement of their talent and ability.


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