Mountmellick talent smiles for a moment

MOUNTMELLICK Community Arts Centre was recently host to a truly impressive talent show. Secondary schools from around Laois came together to support the ‘Smile for a Moment talent show’, organised by Laois Youthreach in aid of promoting positive mental health in teenagers across the county.

MOUNTMELLICK Community Arts Centre was recently host to a truly impressive talent show. Secondary schools from around Laois came together to support the ‘Smile for a Moment talent show’, organised by Laois Youthreach in aid of promoting positive mental health in teenagers across the county.

Each school submitted acts ranging from singers, bands and a magician displaying the wealth of talent evident in the young people of the county. The acts were performed in front of four independent judges who had the difficult task of choosing a winner and runner up from the contest.

Congratulations were extended to Grace Floody of Coláiste Iosagáin in Portarlington who sung an outstanding version of ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ and runner up winner Darren Hanley of St. Fergals College, Rathdowney who had the crowd rocking to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Small Bump’ lyrics.

The crowd were thoroughly entertained and were in for an added treat as there were guest performances by ‘Adela and The Meanits’ and the acoustic Irish folk singer Emer Dunne. Laois Credit Unions very kindly sponsored the event and local businesses from around Laois offered prizes for the raffle. The event was a great success and helped raise awareness among the students about the importance of looking after mental health.

Joe Cunningham, Adult Education Officer with Laois VEC, praised both the wealth of talent displayed on the day and also the hard work put in by the students of Youthreach who organised the event. In particular he singled out the efforts of student Jason McInerney who was MC for the event. This is the first time that such an event has been hosted by Laois Youthreach.

The feedback was very positive and there were calls for the talent show to become an annual event. Thanks were extended to all who supported the show and made it such an enjoyable occasion. For further information on Mountmellick Further Education Centre or the Laois Youthreach programme contact mkavanagh@mountmellickfec.ie or call 057 86 24196.