Athy girl on Voice of Ireland

Athy student Carolann Haskins is progressing well on RTE’s new show The Voice of Ireland. Chosen by Blizzards’ frontman Bressie, she is currently battling it out for a place in the live finals.

Athy student Carolann Haskins is progressing well on RTE’s new show The Voice of Ireland. Chosen by Blizzards’ frontman Bressie, she is currently battling it out for a place in the live finals.

She will feature in the battle round fighing for a place in the finals on Sunday, February 26.

Speaking to the Leader, the 22-year-old described her first audition on television: “You just don’t know what to expect. I didn’t watch any of the other auditions so you just didn’t know what to expect, but I was very relaxed,” she said.

From McDonald Drive in Athy, Carolann has big musical ambitions. She recently received a diploma in music from the Ballyferrmot College.

Writing and performing her own songs in country style since she was young, Carolann has done a lot of gigs with different musicians and her own band. “The type of music that I sing is different to most people in Ireland,” she explained.

Music is in her blood. Her dad John Haskins was in a band when she was younger and she loved watching him play. “I’d love to follow in his footsteps.

“I’m delighted now. I’m a songwriter, writing my own stuff. I’m going to go for the music now and Voice of Ireland is a great opportunity.”

What about her charming mentor? “It’s funny. He was the frontman of the Blizzards but I see him now as a normal person. He is very down-to-earth and helpful.”