Laois Macra stars shine bright on stage in national talent competition

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Laois Macra talent shines on stage in national talent competition

Derek Mahon in Mountmellick Macra panto. Picture: Denis Byrne

Talent is shining brightly in Mountmellick as members of the local Macra group have excelled by getting through to the semi-final of a national Macra talent competition.

A great night of craic, ceol and everything in between was had at the Macra National Talent Show quarter-final which was hosted by Mountmellick on March 10.

There are many different categories of competition within the national talent contest and Mountmellick will be well represented.

A number of local acts made it through to the semi-final including the group’s chairperson Shane Carter in the solo singing competition.

Talented harpist Alannah Conroy has gone through to the semi-final in the Solo Instrumental section.

Mountmellick Macra also has finalists going through to the Novelty Act, Ballad Group and Disco Dancing categories. Paddy Delaney from Portlaoise Macra will be competing in the Mastermind portion.

Mountmellick Macra PRO Jenn Dooley said members have been very busy lately between a variety show, panto and now this national talent competition.

“It is good fun we do it every year. We have strong singers and dancers from our Panto group. In February we came second in the national Capers which is a variety contest so that was a big achievement for us. We do a lot of practice, it is all worth it for the craic and the experience, building confidence on stage,” she said.

The date and venue of the semi-final are to be confirmed.

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