Solo singer and St Kieran’s College student Alan Hayes was declared the winner in the Rockfall music festival Secondary Schools Talent Competition on Thursday night.
The judges had a tough decision on their hands in choosing just one winner as 15 acts from eight schools took to the stage in the Watergate Theatre in the event in aid of The O’Neill Centre.
And it wasn’t just the judges who were so impressed. Rory Broderick of Broderick’s Music, which sponsored the event by providing the prize of a digital piano worth €1,000 to the school of the winning act, said he was so thrilled with the calibre of talent that he will be sponsoring the event again next year.
Cheered on by enthusiastic support from their peers in the audience, the acts brought to the stage popular songs, stage classics, dances and band numbers.
The Little Boppers of Grennan College performed an ’80s-inspired dance to Lady Gaga’s Telephone, a group from Presentation Secondary School followed with a dance mix and a third act from Duiske College continued with the sounds of Lady Gaga for an ultra-modern take on Irish dancing.
While solo singers wowed with their powerful vocals – Chelsea de Paor of Coláiste Pobail Osraí, Conor Brassil of CBS Kilkenny, Alan Hayes of St Kieran’s College and Caoimhe Joyce of Loreto Secondary School – several of the acts also showed their impressive talents in playing instruments.
With such a variety of talents on display, it was down to the wire in choosing a winner – but the winner on the night was also The O’Neill Centre, which will benefit from the proceeds to help it continue providing services to children with special needs.