There was huge excitement at Presentation Secondary School, Tralee on Monday 18th of December as the first ever “Pres Got Talent” show drew talent from all years in the school. 2 shows were held for the school in the Pres Primary Hall - Junior cycle students between 10 and 12 and Senior students between 1 & 3. Students bought tickets for €3 which covered entry but also 1 vote in the “People’s Choice award”.
Head girls Aoife Dillane and Áine O’Sullivan compered the event - introducing the judges Mrs. Kirby, staff representative, Mr. David Rath, music teacher and Ms. Fiona O’Neill of the O’Neill sisters from Causeway.
All the performers waited anxiously in the "Green rooms"...
A wide variety of musical genres were featured on the day. Sisters Michaela and Tara Murphy, 6th year, performed “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli and Grace McLoughlin, 1st year, the seasonal “O Holy Night”. Eimear O’Sullivan of 3rd year treated the audience to poll-topping tune “Fairy tale of New York” on her fiddle with Caroline Hurley also 3rd year playing a foot-tapping selection of jigs on her mandolin. Nia Raduconce amazed with her Beatboxing and Feyi Odugbesan with the classic Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Another pair of sisters – Andreea & Antonia Gergely performed "Brother" by Kodaline with accompaniment of guitar and Bodhrán. Kornelia Lemanska danced to Piano accompaniment by Yvonne Hurley. Sadhbh performed her own song "Down by the water" with her own keyboard accompaniment.All the performers went on stage at the end to present a medley of Christmas classics led by Feyi Odugbesan, Nia Raduconce and Precious Benjamin – a great finale enjoyed with great audience participation.
Events moved to main school PE hall for the presentation of prizes and thank yous but only after a surprising “Wild Card Act” with a number of staff members of Pres Tralee performing a dance routine to “Jingle Bell Rock” – well done to Ms. Cronin, Ms. C O’Mahony, Ms. Flynn, Ms. Jaeger, Ms. Boyle, Ms. O’Neill and Ms. O’Sullivan for adding to the seasonal cheer!
The Head girls thanked Presentation Primary for the use of their hall for the event, Billy and Pat Donegan for the sound and video production and the Parents Council of Presentation Secondary School, Tralee for kindly sponsoring the 1st prize of €250 for the event. The girls thanked Ms. O’Neill and Ms. Lynch for all their help at rehearsals. Flowers were also presented to Ms. Prendeville on behalf of the SRC and also the performers in appreciation of her overall coordination of the event.
Finally, Judge Mrs. Kirby announced the winners:
3rd place: Anna Sheehy 6th year who performed "What You Know" by Two Door Cinema Club
2nd place : Andreea and Antonia Gergely
People’s choice “Soul Sistas” who also won 1st prize: Maedhbh Dowling, Sarah Fitzgerald, Isobel Horgan, Caoimhe Hanafin, Nora O'Connell and Sharon O'Connor.
Clear favourites with their amazing performance of the Sister Act classic “I will Follow Him”, excellent nuns’ habits with twinkling lights and clever choreography, the 6th years certainly won the approval of all!
The event was coordinated by the SRC who sold the tickets at break times, attended the rehearsals and acted as valuable stage crew members! Ms. Prendeville acknowledged the huge commitment by the SRC members and staff members leading up to the event.
More pictures in the gallery .....