The grand final of the first-ever Tipp’s Got Talent took place on Sunday evening, July 13th in the Simon Ryan Theatre of the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre.
The grand prize of €500 was awarded to 11-year-old Leona Ryan who gave a hilarious and expressive performance of an extract from Frank McCourt’s ‘Angela’s Ashes’ while the second and third prizes of €300 and €200 respectively went to the lively traditional music group The Badgers and talented solo-singer Rachel Coleman.
Leona Ryan is from Hollyford village and likes drama, singing, music and art. She plays guitar, violin, piano and the tin whistle. Such a talented young lady and a credit to her parents.
The Tipperary Excel board, team and volunteers who organised the event would like to thank and congratulate the winners and indeed all of the competitors who made it to the grand final.
These were: Aoife O’Dwyer, Lena Hally, Kayley Glasheen, Shauna Frewen, Hannah-Kate Heffernan & Ciarán Crowe, Niamh Horan, Mikaela Coffey, Hollie Tobin and group acts The Thomas Peters Project and Seeing Red.
The Tipperary Excel Arts Centre also wishes to thank the independent judging panel of Deirdre Ryan-Preston, Anne-Maire Johnson and Colm Hanrahan; MC Jim Keane from media partner Tipperary Mid-West Community Radio; Technical Manager and Tipperary Excel Director Pat Marnane; the back stage team of Liam Carey and Fran Garry; the volunteers for co-ordinating the green room and lottery sales and Sean Feary and Fran Garry for providing interval entertainment on the night.
The Tipperary Excel also wishes to offer a special word of thanks to newly-crowned Pride of Tipperary Tracey Barron for making the presentations to the three successful acts.
The Tipperary Excel Board would like to offer a very special word of thanks to the recently-formed band of Tipperary Excel Volunteers who assisted the Tipperary Excel team headed up by Caroline Brahan in hosting this very exciting talent contest.
Also, a special word of thanks to judge and act mentor Maureen Walsh and Pat Marnane, the technical director for Tipp’s Got Talent.
The Tipperary Excel Arts Centre is sincerely grateful for the fantastic support it has received over the past four weeks.
Many thanks to all who attended the Excel and supported both the acts and the arts centre.