Kildare singer’s acapella group reach final

Mark O'Donnell, Back row, fourth from left, with the Trinitones
The sensational quirky tones of The Trinitones earned the acapella group a place in the final of the Le Crunch song contest on Today FM last Thursday March 28.

The sensational quirky tones of The Trinitones earned the acapella group a place in the final of the Le Crunch song contest on Today FM last Thursday March 28.

Mark O’Donnell from the Curragh was one of the 15 strong group. Each of the five finalists performed live on the KC show and the winner was announced by head judge, Paul Walsh from Roy Seven.

However, they narrowly missed out on the E8,000 first prize.

Speaking in the aftermath of the final, Mark stressed; “Obviously we are disappointed because we put so much work into it. We were really happy that we got through to the final.

“If we won, we would’ve used the money for an EP or maybe a tour. We had an American group over, The Tigressions, and they were doing a tour of Ireland one year, a tour of English the next. We would have liked to be able to do tours like that,” he said.

The group of young men from Trinity college Dublin clearly impressed the judges as hundreds of entries were painstakingly whittled down to the final five. The song they entered in the song contest was their cover of Teenage Dirtbag by Wheezer.

Mark, who is a brother of Fine Gael County Councillor Tony O’Donnell, is in his second year studying Engineering.

He always had an appreciation for music and while in secondary school at Clongowes Wood College, he was involved in the school choir and played gigs in a band.

The Trinitones were formed by Patrick Barrett and Lindsey Callaghan back in February 2012. Mark saw an ad for the group and got in contact.

He points out that acapella singing is totally different than the music sung by traditional choirs.

- Niamh O’Donoghue