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Transmitter blow the roof off Portlaoise Educate Together NS

Transmitter rocked Portlaoise Educate Together NS
Transmitter rocked Portlaoise Educate Together NS

School was out for the pupils and staff at Portlaoise Educate together last Friday.

Popular band Transmitter blasted out chart favourites from the likes of Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran as part of their community 2017 School Tour.

Transmitter didn’t disappoint with an electric atmosphere in the school hall, where it was hard not to dance and jump around.

The children were ecstatic and for most of them it was their first ever experience of a live music gig it was hard not to be part of this unique occasion.

Live music streams appeared on the school’s Facebook page to share with the parents and local community and the atmosphere reached dizzying heights during the senior show in the early afternoon.

Pam Grogan and Siobhan Mannion from the Parents Association had met with front man Stewart Quinn back in January where he selflessly offered the bands time to generate charitable funds for the school and community.

The children were asked to bring in a donation and over €200 was raised for music equipment for the school.

Stewart embarked on the band’s school tour with the concept of raising funds for local charities. They started on Thursday last in the Holy Family Senior School and then went on to Portlaoise Educate Together NS the following day.

Here, they performed two separate music gigs and also provided a disco for the children in Le Cheile (autism unit).

Not deterred they performed in The Courtyard in Kavanaghs Bar & Venue on Friday night. They finished their tour in the Dunamaise Arts Centre on Tuesday.

It was a day most of the children will never forget, the band have created fans for life with several autographs being dished out on the day.

Siobhan Mannion said: “The parents association and the school’s principal Sinead Ahern are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the lads time.

“Transmitter will continue to thrill audiences nationwide but they come back to us in June for our inaugural Gala Ball in the Killeshin Hotel on June 17.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.