Pat Byrne crowned ‘Voice of Ireland’

MUSIC teacher Pat Byrne from Borris has been crowned ‘The Voice of Ireland’.

MUSIC teacher Pat Byrne from Borris has been crowned ‘The Voice of Ireland’.

The 22-year-old who teaches in Borris Vocational School said that competion in the had been “the best experience of my life”. Byrne, who was coached throughout the show by Bressie, saw off stiff competition from the three other finalists to win a valuable recording contract with Universal Music. “It’s time to put the tractor keys down, you’re a big stage singer, I am very proud of you,” Bressie said.

The runners up were Richie Hayes, who was coached by Brian Kennedy, Vanessa Whelan, coached by Sharon Corr and Jim Devine coached by Kian Egan.

As part of the grand final, the contestants sang with their coaches and performed some of their favourite songs from the series.

The finalists opened and closed the show with a group performance, while the results show featured The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke as its special guest. Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The River’ helped him top the polls last night.

For full interview see this week’s Kilkenny People. Details of his homecoming have not yet been finalised and will be announced on the Kilkenny People website later today.