Tony Buckley to sing for Mitchelstown and Fermoy in City Hall


Tony Buckley to sing for Mitchelstown and Fermoy in City Hall

Ballindangan man Tony Buckley will go forward to the Cork county finals of the Over 60s Talent Competition, following victory in TO Park.

Thursday, 28 March 2013
4:20 PM GMT

Tony Buckley from Ballindangan will be singing for Mitchelstown and Fermoy next month, when he represents the two communities in the final of the Over 60's Talent Competition in Cork City Hall.

The heats took place in TO Park on Tuesday night with seven contestants from Fermoy, Mitchelstown and its environs taking to the stage. Their wonderful melodies and entrancing renditions had the audience happily clapping and singing along. With every tune, there were feet being tapped and smiles across many faces, as nights out dancing were brought back to life and many performers were urged to sing an encore.

On the night, John Power took third place, John O'Mahony came second, while Tony Buckley who claimed first place,  will now go on to sing in City Hall, Cork on April 14. Here, he will go up against performers from all over Cork in the final. Tony said that the win was a big shock to him and he thanked TO Flynn and the judges, adding that he hopes he does Mitchelstown and Fermoy proud when he represents both communities in City Hall.


Paddy O'Brien who runs the competition, said that it is now in its 37th year, with all proceeds going to the Irish Heart Foundation and to date, it has raised €470,000 for the charity.

Speaking on the night after he congratulated Tony on his win, he said that every year, people demonstrate tremendous community spirit when they take part in the competition and he said that it is the people who take part at local level that make the Over 60's Talent Competition what it is.

TO Flynn said that he was delighted that himself and Kieran Barry could join together to unite the communities of Mitchelstown and Fermoy for the competition and he said that they will all be there to support Tony in City Hall.

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