NEWCASTLE West GAA club is determined to foster talent on the double. The club launched a Limerick’s Got Talent competition last week which it hopes will give young people from all over the county an opportunity to demonstrate their particular gifts to a wider public and be in with a chance to win some brilliant prizes.
But the competition is also designed to raise money to pay for improvements in club facilities and encourage hurling talent. In particular, secretary Margaret Hannon explained, they want to build a hurling wall and to install new artificial surfaces at the pitch’s goal-mouths.
“The hurling alley we are planning to put in will be a very high-spec one,” club chairman, Derry McMahon explained. And the resurfacing of the goalmouths on the main pitch is necessary because of high usage.
Mr McMahon estimated the cost of both projects at €60,000, money which is in addition to the annual cost of running the club.
However, he added, the Limerick’s Got Talent initiative means the club is widening its fund-raising net. “It is a different source of income. We are not going back to our usual supporters,” he said.
The talent hunt, begins on March 26 and will run in The Bridge Bar, Newcastle West every Thursday night for ten weeks. In all, Margaret Hannon explained, there will be eight heats, followed by two semi-finals and a grand final at the end of May.
“The winner will get €1000 and a slot on stage during West Fest,” Margaret added. There will be cash prizes also for four runners up.
Entering the competition is easy. It costs just €20 and there will be eight acts per heat. Any and all kinds of performers will be welcome, Margaret explained: singers, dancers, musicians, traditional musicians, singing groups, duets. “Any one who has talent and wants to have a go will be welcome,” Margaret said. There will be a winner from each heat, based on public voting at €1 per vote but there will also be a wild-card winner each week. If you want a chance to showcase your talent, just contact 087-6381319.