About RTÉ Television
The Afternoon Show
The Afternoon ShowRTÉ One, Weekdays, 4.00pm

All Ireland Talent Show

Monday, 11 January 2010

"Whatever your age, whatever your talent, it's time to take centre stage. The All Ireland Talent Show is back for a second series and this time it's bigger and better than ever - it's your time to shine for county, for country, for €50,000.

Season One
One of last season's biggest hits, the All Ireland Talent Show returns on a mission to uncover the most engaging, exciting, impressive and entertaining talents this country has to offer. Last year The Mulkerrin Brothers captured the heart of the nation and brought victory to the West and to their mentor Daithi Ó Se.

Season Two
This year Daithi's fellow judges are hoping to steal his crown and bring glory to their region. In a competition which pits region against region, as well as act against act, it's more than personal pride at stake - it's the pride of place that's paramount. The winning act will walk away with a phenomenal €50,000 prize.

Judges and Presenter
Presented by Gráinne Seoige the programme features a panel of five judges - Boyzone star and Dublin-born Shane Lynch (Dublin), RTÉ television presenter and Meath-native Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh (The East), Galway resident and weatherman Dáithí Ó Sé (The West),, Eurovision-winning ex-MEP and Derry-native, Dana (The North), and Cork's own hugely popular RTÉ Radio broadcaster and Fáilte Towers winner, John Creedon (The South)".

. Viewership figures on New Years Eve were 603,000,.

We have the past 3 week's winners - Michael Lawlor, Re Seisuin and last night's winners Tara Burke Mc Donnell. We will also be joined by backstage host Aidan power!

Micheal Lawlor

The South- Judge John Creedon
Talent/ Act: Tenor
Full Names: Micheal Lawlor
Age: 60
Town & County: Bandon, Co. Cork

As one of 8 children, Micheal grew up in a very musical family. His mother, Vera was a talented soprano and his eldest brother Timothy was a member of The Ritz Showband. Micheal always enjoyed classical music and trained with soprano, Rita Lynch but put his singing career on the back boiler when he married Philomena and concentrated on raising his 4 children, Encouraged by his friend, baritone, John O' Flynn, Micheal has recently begun performing again and has a number of upcoming concerts.

Micheal's daughter Leona convinced him to audition for the show. He really appreciates this second chance to follow the dream he put on hold for so many years. He feels it is the perfect time for him, as his children are reared, he is in great health and his voice is in top condition.


The East Judge Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh
Talent/ Act: Traditional Irish Fusion Band
Full Names: Keith Flynn, Stephen Heffernan, Liam Flynn, Pat Heffernan, Conor Irwin
Age: Liam18, Patrick 15, Keith 16, Stephen 19, Conor 19
Town & County: Moate / Athlone, Westmeath

All five members of Re-Seisiun began playing music 5 years ago with the same music teacher, James Donohue. He gave the boys lessons in their respective instruments and one day decided to get the boys to form a group for a Scór competition. However it wasn't until the May bank holiday weekend (2009) that they did their first proper gig in a pub called The Auld Shebeen in Athlone. Since then they have been regulars on the seisiun scene across Westmeath. They recently won an award for best new up and coming Irish Trad Group at the Irish Entertainment Awards 2009.

From the accordion to the tin whistle, the banjo to the bódhran, all five members of the band are musically gifted and can turn their hands to any one of several instruments. They see themselves as a new wave of Irish Trad, taking influences from The Horslips, The Eagles and even Bruce Springston. They are currently working really hard on their live show performance and are eager to get the nation's toes tapp/8ing to their rhythmic sound.

We are also going to be joined by last nights winner, Sean Nós singer Tara Burke Mc Donnell!