Macra na Feirme's talent final at the RDS is a fun evening out where the element of competition adds a touch of suspense.

The final of the National Dairy Council (NDC) Macra na Feirme National Talent Competition, staged in the Concert Hall of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) takes place on 17 May 1997. Audience members are looking forward to the show,

The tops are here tonight.

The event gets underway with a disco dancing performance from the Killenaule/Moygrass Macra branch in County Tipperary. Dancer Amanda Berry explains the group got involved in the competition for fun,

But before we knew it we were at the semi-final stage.

Sixth year student at Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy Nicola Kehoe is usually found working on the family farm in Bree, County Wexford. However she was nominated to play the piano in the talent competition.

From Athboy in County Meath, Cathy Ann Reidy is performing her comedy act in the final.

A close harmony singing group from Wilkinstown, County Meath hope their song selections are appropriate for the final. Singer Martina Mongey feels they are well rehearsed,

I think it has paid off and you feel more relaxed on the night if you actually have rehearsed enough as well.

Almost a third of Macra na Feirme’s 10,000 members have been involved in the competition over the past year. Spokesperson for the Macra National Talent Competition Richard Harrahill notes,

It’s the biggest competition that Macra runs in terms of participation.

He observes contestants get more serious,

After they’ve won a county final and the lure of the national final begins to appear over the horizon.

Richard Harrahill believes the success of the completion over it's 13 year history lies in the abundance of talent to be found in rural communities.

A 'Nationwide’ report broadcast on 28 May 1997. The reporter is Diarmuid Peavoy.