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Ambitious Prince Charming proves he has The Voice

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​​​Next week he'll appear on stage playing the lead as Prince Charming - but Killarney student David Lynch has just completed the first round of auditions for The Voice UK!

The Killarney Community College student has some real talent and it was double the excitement when I visited the school for their promo panto shots for their upcoming production of 'Cinderella'.

Just back from the first round of auditions for The Voice UK - I was bursting to hear about the audition process and his first attempt at applying.

“I didn’t apply at all Marie," David explained.

"The team sought me out through my TikTok account would you believe! At first I thought it was through my busking post on the streets of Tralee, but once I had time to think about it, the post that got the most views on my account was Viva La Vida by Cold Play. It had over 32,000 viewings. I had tagged my sister Emma, who is away at college, on this performance, and gave it the hashtag #fyp (For You Page). I couldn’t believe it. I processed my application with three demos and, sure enough, the production team came back to me with a date. Soon my dad and I were off to Manchester, thanks to my sister Emma who booked the flights instantly on receiving the exciting news.”

Both David and his dad Mike travel to Killarney Community College (KCC) from Tralee. Mike is a PE and Maths teacher there and David is in Second Year. He is currently cast as ‘Prince Charming’, the lead role, in the school's upcoming panto alongside Cinderella, played by Amy Healy. It takes place on stage at the school next week on November 8 and 9.

“My sister Emma attended KCC too, so I was never going anywhere else. I love Killarney. My grandaunt Mary and granduncle Tom own the Speakeasy Bar on High Street."

“So what did you sing? Were the queues a mile long?" I asked, excited to know the finer detail of the build up to auditions.

AUDITIONS

Media City UK, Manchester was like a Disneyland for media, he explained.

"We stayed close by at the Premier Inn, a stone's throw from the set of Coronation Street. So well organised, I think there were four auditions per hour with two people on the adjudicating panel. I thought to bring my guitar but I might as well have brought a third person as the price was pretty much the same. I did think there would be an option of instruments available which there was thankfully. Apart from two guys on sound, the two adjudicators and dad and I, that was it. I was there and ready to perform. When asked for my backing track I asked for the use of their piano. A deep breath and just a few bars in, all I could hear was CUT! I thought, that’s it, I’m done! Thankfully not the situation at all. It was merely a quick tweak on the outage of sound and I was back again banging out Cold Play's ‘Viva La Vida’ to the very best of my ability. From start to finish, I was happy with my performance.”

"And did you have another song prepared if they asked you to give them a feel for something else?" I asked.

“There was a lot of whispering going on Marie and they did, they asked me to sing another song. Although I am a huge fan of Ed Sheeran, I didn’t submit any of his songs. The three I had chosen were 'Viva La Vida' by Cold Play, 'Rome' by Dermot Kennedy and 'Writing's on the Wall' by Sam Smith. They chose ‘Rome’, an Irish song and perhaps a song they hadn’t heard of before which I really hope has worked to my advantage. Time will tell. If I am successful and through to the next round, it will be early December. I have heard rumours that Ronan Keating is somewhat involved this time too. Before I left they asked me about my interests and hobbies. I could only give an honest answer which was ‘honestly, I do nothing other than music’ and that’s the truth of it,” David replied.

MUSIC INFLUENCE

I’ve since gone and followed ‘David Lynch Music’ on TikTok awaiting his updates, so I was glad I had asked who was his biggest influence?

“I’m pretty much self-taught Marie and like I said, I really enjoy Ed Sheeran, but hands down my sister Emma is the person who has influenced me the most. She’s fantastic. She’s a Third Year student studying Childcare and she still finds time to help me anytime I need her so yeah, definitely Emma. This accomplishment would not have been possible without her."

As I left Killarney Community College and Prince Charming himself, David added “I’ll be delighted if I get through to the next round Marie. Put it this way, if I get through to the next round I’ll let you know. I will surely be taking Emma with me this time but only on the condition she promises to stay well away from Pennys!” David laughed, but all the while he was hugely sincere about the terms and conditions.

As I snapped David, to my delight he began to sing. Watch this space I thought - and watch out Cinderella, this hugely talented Prince Charming is more than capable of charming a whole lot more, I assure you!

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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