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Our Lady’s Castleblayney are crowned National Champions in Show Choir Ireland 2017


Our Lady’s choir travelled to Dublin on Sat 4th November to the Show Choir Ireland 2017 Competition and returned later that evening as National Champions. Around the same time last year the choir had been placed in 2nd place and in true champion style this very talented hard-working committed group of young people returned in 2017 to finish off what they had started the previous year!

The National Show Choir Competitions are held each year for performing groups who usually sing and dance, combining fun, excitement, passion and friendship in a performance that will inspire the audience and impress the four judges present.

This year there were seven groups who qualified to take part in the final and it is interesting to note that Our Lady’s was the only secondary school who qualified with all the other competitors coming from stage schools and performing arts academies, some being 3rd level institutions. Our Lady’s talented choir with a range of students from First to Sixth Year, a 61 strong group, put on a superb performance that captivated the audience and had the judges remarking ‘on the phenomenal performance’ that had left the judges ‘speechless’. One judge remarked ‘this is how you do it...’. The panel of judges loved the group’s ‘use of space, their high energy’ and singled out Laura Brereton, Lisa Rose McMahon and Emma Larney for special mention. They also commented that every single member of the group gave 200% and left the audience wanting more. The choir won both the judges & the audience vote and came away with 1st place, a superb trophy, the overall prize of €1000 and also captured the choreography award, for good measure.

Speaking to the Principal of Our Lady’s, Mr Kelly in the wake of the success, he acknowledged the outstanding commitment and dedication made by the Music teacher Ms Murray in preparing the students to such a high standard. “Their success is a just reward for all their hard work and efforts and we as a school are incredibly proud of their achievements. They are a very important part of our school community and make a very special and inspirational contribution to liturgies and most events in Our Lady’s – they are the gift that keeps on giving. The students in the choir are excellent role models for our school community and we could all learn lessons from their generosity of spirit, honesty of effort and humility”.

The choir and Ms Murray were feted before the entire school community in the gym on Monday afternoon where their breath-taking and electric performance was pitch perfect and professional to the last. Congratulations to all concerned.


Pictured in Our Lady’s Secondary School are the 61 strong choir who captured 1st prize in the National Show Choir Competition 2017 in the O’Reilly Hall against stiff competition from stage and performing arts groups, many of whom are in full-time performance! The group who also received the choreography award are pictured here with their mentor, Music teacher, Ms Murray and Our Lady’s Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly.