Which West Cork star will shine at the 2017 Over 60s Talent Contest?

Posted on: 7th March, 2017

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

West Cork heats for the 41st Over 60s Talent Contest will take place shortly with local organisers hoping to once again discover this year’s winner. Dunmanway resident Bernadette Milner, a retired school principal, took home the top prize at last year’s final in City Hall for her version of ‘Go Lassie Go’.

Contestants can sing, dance, play an instrument or recite poetry and the competition is open to all persons aged 60 years and over. All proceeds go to The Irish Heart Foundation, which has benefited by over €500,000 since 1977, when the contest was first started by Paddy O’Brien, Organiser and Founder.

There are five West Cork heats – in Bantry, Dunmanway, Rosscarbery, Darrara and Bandon – but Paddy is anxious to explain that does not mean only residents in that area can enter. “Anybody from anywhere can enter the heats and if you are not successful in one heat you are more than welcome to try your luck at another,” he says. “This year is shaping up to be the best yet, with more entries and heats than ever before. Each heat is a really enjoyable event in itself and that’s down to the hardwork of the local organisers.”

Rosscarbery: March 8 in the Celtic Ross Hotel. To enter contact the hotel on 023 8848722.

Bandon: March 18 in the GAA Club. Special guest on the night is Patrick O’Sullivan. Contact Niall Morrison on 086 8332425.

Darrara: March 22 in the Community Centre. Contact Mary Anglin on 086 3903597.

Bantry: March 29 in The Maritime Hotel at 8.30pm. Contact local organiser Nora M. Edgeworth on 086 1948074 or email noraedgeworth10@gmail.com.

Dunmanway: April 26 in the Parkway Hotel. Contact Bernadette Milner on 086 8436628.

Please support this worthy cause, which gives an excellent opportunity for someone very talented to reach the final in Cork’s City Hall in mid-June. Sponsors are Ryan SuperValu Group and Lennox Hearing Aid Specialists.

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