Well what a night that was!
The Midlands Park Hotel was the place to be last night as the Portlaoise College Lip Sync Battle took place.
We had everything from ABBA to the Village People but there could only be one winner – and what worthy winners they were.
Performing two tracks from the smash hit movie ‘The Greatest Show’ the final act of the ten that performed on the night proved to be the winners.
And it was no surprise at all really as the hundreds packed into the function room in the Portlaoise hotel all sprung to their feet for the only standing ovation of the night after their performance.
The group were predominantly made made up of people from Stradbally and with parents Sinead Moran and Pauline Shaughnessy the driving forces behind it.
The group had a real family feel to it with Sinead’s twin sister Aisling Maher and her son Dean also taking part while so too did Pauline’s daughter Mary-Clare.
The group also contained Lee Whelan, Eoin Gorman, Eimear Sinnott, Ann Mcgannon and Liz Molloy.
The group came together to show that although people can be very different, if you are inclusive then everyone can have a role.
They say: “We came together to show that even though we are all so different and we all have so much of our own baggage whether through ill health, mental health, stress or intellectual disabilities – it makes no difference.
“Because on stage we are a bunch of amazing kind hearted unique individuals coming together as one and allowing the world to simply see ‘ME’ and mores so to be proud of who we are and what we have achieved.”
After all the acts performed, voting commenced but it was unanimous between the judges – The Vows’ Damien Bowe, vice-principal Patricia Cullen and yours truly – who the winners would be.
There were tears of joy on stage and in the audience when the winners were revealed and they then got to perform again.
Check it out below and check back soon for when we will have pictures from the night back on site: