Ryan goes straight through to national finals

Local teenager Ryan Thomas, representing Scoil Aireagail in Ballyhale, has made it straight through to the Helix for the live national final of the All-Ireland schools talent search competition on March 9.

Local teenager Ryan Thomas, representing Scoil Aireagail in Ballyhale, has made it straight through to the Helix for the live national final of the All-Ireland schools talent search competition on March 9.

The regional final was held last Sunday in the Red Cow in Dublin and there were 30 competitors. Fourteen qualified for the national semi-final and Ryan, taking first place, went straight through to the national final, performing his own original song ‘All I need’.

There were 2900 entries nationwide.

In these rounds, the acts put through came from both a panel of judges and the audience. Based on the number of acts taking part on the night, it was decided on the number of acts to qualify for the next round.

The split between judges’ picks and audience picks is usually weighted in favour of the judges.

The audience receive one free vote when they pay and enter the venue. The Voting Stations open at both the interval and at the end of the show. Additional votes can be purchased for €1 each.

Ryan’s school, Scoil Airegail, with thanks to his principal Mr O’ Hanlon, teachers and fellow pupils raised €230 so far for votes for Ryan, with the full amount going to childline.

All procedes from the competiton go to childline, a very worthy benefactor. Childline receive more than 2000 calls each day, which outlines the need for support.

The ISPCC receives less that 10% of funding from the Government and so has to fundraise.

Ryan will be doing some fundraising for childline coming uo to the final and appreciates every euro he raises.