Young Newbridge performers scoop an All Ireland

Paula Conlan, Katie & Niamh Conlan, Brenda Malone.

Paula Conlan, Katie & Niamh Conlan, Brenda Malone.

Stage Academy in Newbridge scooped the All Ireland Variety title in Killarney at the weekend.

The talented crew of 96 youngsters under the direction of Paula Conlon picked up a staggering five awards on the night including Best Coral Number (Elbow) - Best Drama/Comedy Award (Mirror Ballet) – Most Creative/Original Award (Elbow) - Star of the Future (Ellen Dowse) – Best Overall Variety.

“We are absolutely over the moon,” said Paula. “We brought 96 children down to Killarney for the All Ireland Variety finals and we won. We saw it as a fantastic opportunity to perform and to show case our talent but we didn’t expect to win it first time.”

Under the direction of Paula and Brenda Malone, together with mentors and parents, the children travelled to the Gleneagle in Killarney last Friday evening, for an action packed weekend of fun and entertainment.

“The judges really got a feeling of what we are about,” added Paula whose stage school provides singing, dancing and drama lessons from ages 4 to 20 and is based in both Scoil Mhuire and the Patrician Brothers schools in Newbridge.

“We were the only team to perform live music. We have taken part in a lot of productions in the Olympia, the Gaiety but this was something else. The children were great ambassadors for Newbridge and the whole weekend proved to be a real bonding experience for everyone involved.”

The standard of entertainment was described as phenomenal from the other schools who took part.

The 2014 Champions arrived home on Monday afternoon on the 2.55pm train to a great reception at Newbridge Train Station.

“I am so proud,” added Paula. “We got absolutely fantastic reviews from the judges and it was such a bonus to win the All Ireland Variety Final.”




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