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Final Night of Talent Of Iveragh

(November 09, 2013)


  Many congradulations to all our contestants at the 2013 Final..



The Talent Of Iveragh Competition 2013  culminated with the Grand Final on Sat November 9th.
The two heats brought us fantastic  talent from the area, spanning a variety of  musical genres, performed by the young and “slightly” older talented performers.
Filemore hall was the venue for the event. It was a wonderful athmospheric spot to host the competition , large enough for supporters  to come and enjoy the show with a lovely warm and friendly welcome for visitors.
The competition organisers are delighted, in it’s inaugural year to have attracted so much  talent and interest . It is hosted by Teacht Thar Sáile Folk Club in association with Filemore Community Centre. The Talent show is an open and inclusive competition allowing for people of all musical tastes and backgrounds to enter. Entrants have a chance to perform in front of an audience along with an opportunity for success in the Competition, encouraging performance and musical development in the participants.
 Two prizes were awarded to the successful entrants.
One was presented with the Overall  " Padraig Dineen” Perpetual Trophy, in memory of a much-respected local young musician and teacher who passed some time ago. It was created by local Artist Pieter Koning.  The winner of this category was Selena O Connell a local talented singer musician student from Droid, who has had an interest in music from a young age. She also received 1000 Euros and two Days Recording at Harmony Recording Studios. Pearl Dineen presented Padraig’s mother the trophy.
The other prize was for the best original composition. The winner of this category received a One off trophy donated by Hillgrove Porcelain along with a days recording at Studio Fiona Fermoy with Brian O Reilly
The Original work category encourages composers to develop and
Perform their works. We had a tie for this category. The award was given to:
If All Else Fails, a Cahirsiveen based band consisting of Kieran O Driscoll, David O Sullivan and Vinny Murphy. They have been playing together for six months and like to perform original composition and influential covers.
Alpha Q were the other deserving winners, a South Kerry Band. Adam Sullivan, Eoin Fitzgerald and Pierce Lynch have been playing together for two years. Writing all their own songs they have performed at The Valentia Isle Festival, in Galway and other Kerry venues.
   Independent judges with an appreciation of music observed entrants in this competition. Using criteria based on comprehension and expression along with technical talent, all categories and entrants were judged fairly. Audience participation in judging has been avoided in the interest of fairness and to set it apart from other competitions, by ensuring fair and accurate results .It is an open and inclusive event, allowing for people of all musical tastes to enter. Though it allowed for only one winner for each category, opportunity for live music experience and performance is afforded to entrants.  This is the inaugural year and it is hoped by the integrity and inclusiveness of the competition that it will gain momentum in future years and be recognised as being a notable, recognised competition with coveted awards.
                            Keep music “Live and Alive” is our goal!
We are grateful to our sponsors who include:  main sponsor – Cahirsiveen Credit Union, Kerry Murphy Motors, Devlin’s Centra, A Cut Above Hair Salon, Dan Dennehy Plumbing, Cha Healy’s Bar, Camos Restaurant, Filemore Community Centre, Teacht Thar Sáile Folk Club and Technology Kerry. We also thank our advertisers along with contributors to out great fundraising draw prizes were donated by The Ring Of Kerry Hotel, ChoColette, Alice Dennehy – Skellig Soaps and Teacht Thar Sáile Folk Club. Draw will take place on November 9th
We have hosted our two Heats on October 19th and 26th. We are very grateful to our judges who had a difficult task, as the standard of performance displayed by all entrants has been very high Though other entrants did not get awards, we recognize the talent of all the entrants and wish them every success in their music.
On the night we had interval entertainment provided by Filemore young people’s Ceoltais group, A local Acclaimed duo: John Joe O Shea and Cáit Coffey performing a fantastic Comedy Sketch and music from an acoustic folk group: Alley Party


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