Longford's Sharyn Ward (nee Stokes) won the hearts of the Ireland's Got Talent judges, the TV audience and the nation with her beautiful rendition of The Fureys classic 'When You Were Sweet Sixteen'.
Performing in the Ireland’s Got Talent programme, on Virgin Media One earlier tonight (Saturday), talented singer Sharyn sang 'Stand by Me', however, judge Louis Walsh hinted that the song didn't suit her voice and he suggested that she might sing an Irish song.
Sharyn duly chose 'When You Were Sweet Sixteen', and minus musical accompaniment, her stirring and heart wrenching rendition earned her a standing ovation from the judges - Louis, Jason Byrne, Denise Van Outen and Michelle Visage, along with the enthralled audience.
Louis said her performance was 'beautiful' and that it spoke volumes for her talent that when she sang that 'you couldn't hear a pin drop'.
He added, "It was you, singing from your heart, Sharyn, and that was amazing."
Michelle Visage told Sharyn her performance was incredible and she advised here: "Always stay true to who you are."
Denise Van Outen remarked, "I think you are lovely and you sing from your heart. My Nan used to sing that song, 'When You Were Sweet Sixteen'."
Sharyn is 33 years old. She has been married to James Ward for the past 10 years and she is a stay at home mammy to her two children Bonnie, who is 8 years old and Jack who is 7.
Sharyn was born and grew up in Longford. There were 4 girls and 1 boy in the family. She had a very happy childhood. She was always integrated and has lots of traveller and settled friends she loved singing and dancing as a child.
She is very invested in her family they are her everything. She is very proud of her children. She wants them to know that they can do anything they want to in life. She has brought them up to be loving and to be proud of being travellers.