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Events

Region 5 report

February 7th, 2011

The No Name Club spirit was alive in the South-East on the first weekend of February when clubs from the sunny side of the country got together for a day of fun and excitement at the region’s youth awards final.

Around 150 people attended the event, most of them teenager hosts and hostesses from the clubs involved: Baltinglass, New Ross, Ring of Hook and Kilkenny.  The finals were held on Saturday February 5th in the Horse and Hound in Ballinaboola in Co. Wexford. The venue was perfect, with it being spacious and comfortable. This allowed as much fun as possible to be had for the South East clubs and they made the most of the opportunity.

The business-end of the matters began around 1pm with the one-to-one interviews. No Name Club co-founder Eamonn Doyle, previous No Name Club committee member John-Joe Kinsella and experienced youth worker Naomi Brennan had the task of meeting with the young people and speaking with them about their knowledge of the No Name Club and their interests and hobbies. Those going forward were Aine O’Brien and Jonathan Kelly of New Ross No Name Club, Tara Walsh and Marty Waters of Ring of Hook, Bronagh Murphy and Conor Brophy of Baltinglass, and Keire Murphy and Killian Doheny of Kilkenny.

As the one-to-one interviews were taking place, there was fun being had in the main room as the region’s karaoke competition was underway. Hosts and hostesses put themselves forward to perform solo, as duets and as groups. The competition saw renditions of old classics like Queen’s We will Rock You and of more modern songs such as Eminem’s Lose Yourself. The songs were performed with great gusto and passion and well received by the audience. They were wide-ranging, making it difficult to choose a winner, but eventually Baltinglass member Sara Ryan came out tops after singing a brilliant version of Duffy’s Warwick Avenue. Karaoke judge Tipp FM radio presenter Aiden Mac said Sara certainly has a bright future in the music industry ahead of her. Well done Sara and to all who took to the stage to perform!

With the karaoke competition settled, the focus of attention shifted back to choosing a host and hostess to represent the region at the semi-finals of the youth awards. It was now the turn of Aine, Jonathan, Tara, Marty, Bronagh, Conor, Keire and Killian to take to the stage. Speaking to the event MC Aiden Mac, they spoke about their involvement with the No Name Club and why they became joined it, their attitude towards alcohol and drugs, and their activities and interests. For the party pieces, Marty and Aine performed Irish dancing, Tara and Keire sung, Bronagh and Killian recited a poem, Jonathan played the Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling on the flute and Conor played an acoustic version of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven.

The hosts and hostesses did their clubs proud with their private and on-stage interviews and the judges said the personalities varied massively, making their decisions to pick a winner from each category even harder. Naomi took to the stage to announce the winners. She remarked on the very difficult decisions the judges had and said there was little to choose between all the contestants. She said all the representative hosts and hostesses should be very proud of themselves and complemented all those in attendance. With the complements and ‘thank yous’ over, it was time for the winners to be announced. Naomi told the audience Marty Waters of Ring of Hook No Name Club will be the representative host for the region and Bronagh Murphy of Baltinglass No Name Club will be the hostess going forward. There were cheers and congratulations for both the young people and particular delight among their fellow club members, who had made the journeys from Wexford and Wicklow to support them.

Well done to everyone who took part and no doubt both Bronagh and Marty will be just as impressive in the next round. The event organisers would like to thank the judges for their time and assistance and all the clubs and their hosts and hostesses for helping making it such a memorable event.