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Portlaoise Educate Together school rocks out with Transmitter

lynda Kiernan

Reporter:

lynda Kiernan

A Portlaoise primary school rocked out to favourite songs recently, when local rock band Transmitter came to perform their second annual 'School Tour'.

Portlaoise Educate Together NS welcomed Transmitter led by singer Stewart Quinn, who this year are touring to play in primary and secondary schools in Portlaoise.

Transmitter didn't disappoint banging out tunes from George Ezra to Picture This, and the 'halla' was alight with children jumping and dancing.

The band put on separate shows for the children from junior class and senior classes.

"The junior classes were cautious at first as for some it was their first experience of live music. As soon as the cover of Take my Hand from Picture This came on, it was like reliving a 90's break dancing session," said parent Pamela Grogan.

Next up the seniors.

"For them it was a different story most of them came dancing into the halla without a single note being played. This was their second year of having Transmitter in their school so a lot more confidence with this crowd.  Every student bounced up and down for the entire gig," she said.

This year the pupils from Le Cheile ASD unit joined in with the mainstream kids, with some opting to watch from the balcony overlooking the halla. Before Transmitter cranked their first tune everyone in the halla turned and waved up at some of the Le Cheile class watching from above.

Mimi Cullen is from the Parents Association.

"We are so lucky to have such a talented local band come in and do this for free, it really is an amazing sense of community," she said.

Once the two gigs were finished the Portlaoise Educate Together NS opened their halla doors to the Portlaoise Gaelscoil as they were unable to facilitate the band with a venue, and the band now started their third gig of the day.

"It ended on a high with over 600 pupils between both schools having been entertained on a whole new level on a normal school day," said Ms Grogan.

Lead singer Stewart Quinn embarked on the idea of the school tour after the success of a gig in the old St Paul's school the year before it closed.

"At that time we had decided to raise money for PATH. I couldn't believe that children had donated their confirmation money afterwards, and so the School Tour was born," he said.

"Transmitter are doing something completely selfless for the community, they are creating a young fan base but whilst doing this they are generating huge funds for schools and charities in the town. Portlaoise Educate Together are beyond grateful for the time and effort they put into the people in the community," said Ms Grogan.

Transmitter went on to perform a huge fundraising gig on Champions League night in The Office Bar in Portlaoise. With a packed house on the night, it raised €2,855 towards the fund to build a playing pitch for all three primary schools in the Summerhill campus. Read more here. 

Our lovely photos in the Gallery are courtesy of Pamela Grogan.