Heywood’s Got Talent: Students’ show for all to see

Everyone has heard of Britain’s Got Talent, but the students of Heywood Community School are going to have a chance to showcase their own tremendous talent locally for all to see tomorrow night, with their version – Heywood’s Got Talent.

Everyone has heard of Britain’s Got Talent, but the students of Heywood Community School are going to have a chance to showcase their own tremendous talent locally for all to see tomorrow night, with their version – Heywood’s Got Talent.

The finalists performing on the night are: Jamie Bartley, Bronwyn Dunne, Deirbhile O’Callaghan, Julie-Anne Dunphy, Aoife Callanan, Ava Lalor, Liam Oxley, Joe Finnegan, Michael Kirkman, Ian Whelan, Lydia Lyons, Hannah Roche, Aran Shahrestani, Eoghan Murphy, David Vesey, Kerri-Ann O’Grady, Eva Wullich, Aaron Phelan, Amy Phelan, and Neil McEvoy.

They will perform a variety of genres from popular to traditional to country all with polished performances and impressive presentations. The winner will receive a cash prize and an engraved trophy.

The school choir, school dance troupe and Aoife Meade (a previous winner) will also be performing and it promises to be a night to remember.

Deputy principal Geraldine Ryan said it was shaping up to be an excellent evening’s entertainment.

“Having sat in on the auditions, I am very excited to see the show,” she said.

The judges for the night are Eimear Morrisey, well known for her role of Emily Walsh in RTE’s Fair City; and Shelley Naughton, former entertainment manager in the UK who is also the proprietor of Dance Masters one of Ireland’s leading dance troupes. Shelley worked as entertainment Manager for Mosney Holiday Centre. The final judge is local man Damien Bowe (a past pupil), who is a member of D-SIDE, with whom he had three top ten singles in the UK Charts.

The Master of Ceremonies is Sinead O’Carroll formerly of the group B*Witched – the first Irish group to have its first four singles all enter the charts at Number 1 in the UK.

Sinead left the band in 2002 and since then has been involved with managing and promoting several performing artists and groups most recently through her Star Academy agency and also header the makeover programme on TV3. She is passionate about promoting new talent and welcomes this chance to see and hear the talent that Heywood has to offer.

A night like this also throws up surprises and guest appearances along with singing and dancing that is not part of the competition. It is sure to provide excellent entertainment, and may also be your opportunity to see the first public appearance of a major superstar in the making.

The show takes place in Heywood Community School on Thursday, November 22, at 8pm in the school hall. Tickets cost €12 and are available from the school office at 057-8733333.