Longford lad Oisín O’Reilly has beaten-off stiff competition from across Ireland to secure third place at ‘Foróige’s Got Talent 2012.’
The 14-year old Ballymahon Convent of Mercy student battled it out on stage with 33 other acts at the new state of the art Phibblestown Community Campus in West Dublin last Saturday week.
Oisín represented the Foróige Attic Youth Café in Longford Town, for which he is full of praise. Foróige is Ireland’s largest youth organisation with almost 60,000 members aged 12 to 18. The competition was open to all members involved with the charity’s clubs, youth cafés, programmes and projects.
Reacting to securing third place, Oisín said he was delighted with the result. “I really can’t believe it. The other contestants were really good so I was totally shocked when the judges called out my name,” a modest Oisín told the Leader.
The Lisduff native used his experience from the highly successful Longford Youth Factor – in which he came second – to get the crowd on their feet with a rocking rendition of Robbie William’s ‘Let Me Entertain You.’
Paul Maher, Chairperson of the Foróige National Council said he was overwhelmed by the standard. “This competition proves one thing beyond any doubt - Foróige really has got talent. The effort that was put in by the young people was unbelievable and there wasn’t one boring moment.”
Oisín was full of praise for the Attic Youth Café, thanking in particular Ruth McGarry Quinn and Jim Maher. However, he saved the biggest thanks for his mother, Geraldine, who he described as his biggest influence.
The talented singer, who also plays piano, has no immediate plans to enter any more competitions but don’t rule out seeing him on X Factor some time in the future...