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Events

Region 6 Report

February 7th, 2011

Over 100 teenagers travelling back to their clubs in Dublin, Meath and Kildare were full of smiles and happiness after the Regional 6 final of the National Youth Awards on Saturday February 5thbut perhaps the biggest smiles were those on the faces of the Finglas No Name Club members.

The Finglas club enjoyed great success at the awards when its Host Lee Frayne and Hostess Gemma Davis were selected to represent the region after coming up against tough competition from the other clubs.

Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan was a guest at the final held at Laurel Lodge Community Centre in Castleknock and presented each of the clubs’ nominated hosts and hostess with certificates to mark their participation in the competition.

Having impressed the judges  in their one-to-one interviews, Lee and Gemma then took to the stage for their stage interviews and both got the crowd excited when they performed on drums for their party piece – Lee playing traditional drums and Gemma African drums.

All the participating hosts and hostess did their clubs proud and those also taking part were Ellen Murphy and Sean Fay (Castleknock/Clonsilla No Name Club), Mercy Usaro and Michael Kelly (Newbridge), Ciara Pembroke and David Haden (Kilcullen), and Chloe Carr (Kells). Representatives from Athboy No Name Club also travelled to support those participating from their region.

The judging panel were Lisa Ann Roche from New Ross, a former Hostess of the Year; Aoife Murray, who previously represented Mountbellew at the national awards; James Barry from Baltinglass, former Host of the Year, and Conor Troy, who has a long association with the No Name Club.

As the one-to-one interviews took place, a karaoke was held in the community hall and representatives from the travelling clubs took to the stage to deliver a high standard of entry for the competition. Songs from Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon and Journey were among those to be belted out as the region showed it has singers that would be comparable with any of the X Factor finalists. The judges found it very tough to decide upon a winner and after heated debate that would rival the decision making in top boardrooms around the country, the decision eventually went the way of Jeremy Burke of Kilcullen No Name Club. He took the top honours and the winning trophy home for his rendition of a Kings of Leon song. He returned with his award to a table that appeared to have among its guests The Rubberbandits, as members of the club had taken to wearing plastic bags on their faces in tribute to the Limerick comedy duo.

A break followed the karaoke competition at which club members were fed with pizza and the club hosts and hostess then took to their stage for their interviews with Castleknock host Peter Murphy, who was a national finalists in 2009. Peter’s laid back style helped put any nervous contestants at ease and he spoke with the Hosts and Hostesses about their background, involvement with the No Name Club and interests and hobbies. Following on from the on-stage interview, the Hosts and Hostesses performed party pieces with the playing of musical instruments and song being the favoured choices.

Guest Brian Lenihan then took to the stage to speak to those in attendance. He remarked on the excellent work the No Name Club is carrying out within his community and in towns throughout Ireland and commended all those involved in organising the event. He congratulated the club Hosts and Hostess before making presentations to each of the finalists and then presenting Lee and Gemma with their trophies.

It was then time to party as the event concluded with a disco that had the young people from all clubs up on the floor dancing to the best in dance music and mixing and mingling with each other. Indeed, the dance floor was not just confined to the teenagers as some of the adult leaders made their way onto it to ‘strut their stuff’.

When the lights went on, it was time for all involved to board their buses and get on the road for home.  There was great delight and happiness on the faces of all as they left what had been a full-filled and memorable event.

Sincere thanks to Castleknock No Name Club from the event organisers and the attending clubs. Throughout the event, they were very helpful and friendly to all who attended and were always on hand to provide assistance. They did an excellent job in helping to set-up the venue and their hard work helped ensure the evening and night of entertainment ran smoothly.

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