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The Inter Schools Talent Competition, as part of the Rockfall Festival, is now accepting entries – giving secondary school students in Kilkenny a chance to showcase their talents and win a digital piano for their school sponsored by Broderick’s Music.

The Inter Schools Talent Competition, as part of the Rockfall Festival, is now accepting entries – giving secondary school students in Kilkenny a chance to showcase their talents and win a digital piano for their school sponsored by Broderick’s Music.

The aim of the Rockfall music festival is to support original artists and bands/groups by providing performance venues in a Festival format. Rockfall is Kilkenny’s longest-running music festival with all proceeds going to Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre, Kilkenny.

This year’s competition is broken down into four categories: Male solo singers, female solo singers, musical groups, and dance groups. All competitors must be 19 years of age or under and be a student in a secondary school in Kilkenny City or County. Participants are only allowed to take part in one group.

There is a limit of one entry per category per school. Entry fee for is €5 per act and completed application forms must be returned by Friday, October 5.

Depending on the number of entries, there may be a number of heats run before the final night. Heat times will be allocated after the closing date for entries.

There will be a judging panel at the live heats and judging will be based on three criteria: performance, presentation and entertainment value. The judging panel will pick a winner from each of the categories, each category winner will receive a trophy.

One of the category winner will also win the digital piano for their school. No act may request specific position placements within the Live Heats.

The winning prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for another musical instrument or cash equivalent.

Each solo competitor is to sing only one song. The performance should last no longer than five minutes, and accompaniment with one instrument is permitted.

Musical groups are to consist of no more than eight participants. The performance time permitted is five minutes.

Dance Groups should consist of no more than eight participants. The choice of music is at the discretion of the performing group. Back spins, head spins and hand spins are not permitted.

The O’Neill Centre was established in 1980 as a support group for parents.

The branch identified the need for the establishment of a centre-based service, providing comprehensive services for children with cerebral palsy and other identified developmental delays.

Enable Ireland, Kilkenny are the early intervention service providers recognised and contracted by the Health Services Executive to provide a range of therapeutic and Day Services to children.

Currently 102 Kilkenny children and their parents attend the Centre. We provide guidance and support to parents and encourage an integrated approach to working with children both in the Centre and in their homes.

The services is funded on a grant basis by the HSE, however, each year there is a significant deficit, which must be met through fundraising. To maintain the level of services that the Centre provides, they must fundraise €170,000 each year.

Please return completed application forms along with entry fee to Caroline Long, Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre, St Joseph’s Road, Kilkenny.