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PHOTOS: Portlaoise College Talent Show showcases future stars

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Students at Portlaoise College have an ocean of hidden talent, and they let their abilities shine during the school's recent Talent Show.

Nearly 400 primary school students from The Heath, Stradbally, Timahoe and Portlaoise enjoyed an preview show filled with the inspiring singers and dancers on February 27 in Portlaoise College.

The early show helped to give the performers confidence ahead of their afternoon show to an audience of their peers and staff.

Acts included traditional, classical and rock music, sign language, singing and dancing and a combined effort by two first year students playing on one piano.

Students have been working and practicing hard after school for weeks in the lead up to this event, showing their peers what amazing feats can be achieved with commitment and determination.

The show closed with beautiful singing from the choir, conducted by Ms Urszula, before one final treat for the audience. The students at Portlaoise College have an absolute abundance of talent, but so too do the staff.

Ms Marum, Ms Scully, Ms.Urszula, Miss Wilson, Miss Kelly, Mr Harvey, Mr Whelehan, Mr Fitzpatrick and Mr Scully all performed a medley of traditional songs to rapturous applause.

William Flanagan, Emmet Scully and Patricia Cullen were the judges on the day. They had the incredibly difficult task of deciding between the neck-to-neck performances. After much debate, third place went to Alyson Skerritt from first year, who sang beautifully and also played the ukulele.

Second place went to Oliver Brown Quail and Kayla Daly who played the bodhran and tin whistle respectively, at first playing individually before working together towards a powerful crescendo.

First place went to Conor Fitzpatrick and Megan McPartland for their hauntingly beautiful rendition of Shallow from A Star is Born.

A special mention to the MCs Keyleigh McGrath and Ben Campbell, who delighted the audience with their energy and pizzazz. Recognition must be given to the three teachers who gave their time and efforts to making such an enjoyable event possible. Miss Wilson, Miss Duffy and Mr Harvey guided and supported students for the last number of weeks, refining the acts to
perfection. The Talent Show at Portlaoise College was a roaring success that has set the bar very high for future endeavours.