All Ireland talent success for Portarlington students

STUDENTS from Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington have been competing in the All-Ireland schools’ talent search and made astonishing progress through the local and regional qualifying rounds.

STUDENTS from Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington have been competing in the All-Ireland schools’ talent search and made astonishing progress through the local and regional qualifying rounds.

The quarter finals were held in Mullingar Park Hotel recently and out of an original entry of almost 2,900 acts, barely 50 remain. Melody who are a trio of young female vocalists - Ailbhe Davis, Ciara Dunne and Katie Nutley - finished in an amazing third place, while the school choir of around sixty students also finished in the top ten. The semi finals will be held in Castlebar while the national finals will be televised from The Helix in Dublin.

Meanwhile the Colaiste Iosagain cross country teams have been doing very well at the Laois and South Leinster schools’ championships. At the Laois Championships held at the local O’Dempseys GAA ground, the girls u14 team had a crushing victory in the team competition taking seven of the first eight places.

In the South Leinster Finals at Clongowes Wood College, Cormac Curtis and Orla Mullaly, (both overall winners of the fastest first year in Ireland competition on RTE Radio 1 last year) qualified for the Leinster Finals in 10th and 12th places in their respective races. The school congratuled both the sporting and musical students on their success.