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Cork groups to take to the stage on Ireland's Got Talent

Cork has two acts performing on this weekend's Ireland’s Got Talent, which is being aired on Virgin Media on Saturday night.

The Odyssey dance group are from the Montfort College of Performing Arts and have all been dancing individually since they were three or four years of age. The 12-person group is primarily made up of secondary school students, with two of the group in college.

Odyssey performing on Ireland's Got Talent.
Odyssey performing on Ireland's Got Talent.

They came together while studying in Montfort College in Ballyphehane, one of the oldest and most established performing arts schools in the country.

Joining them in the competition are gymnastics troupe Rebel Acro from Ballincollig.

Rebel Acro performing on Ireland's Got Talent. 
Rebel Acro performing on Ireland's Got Talent. 

Made up of 17 gymnasts aged 10 to 18, they perform lifts, catches, balancing at the top of a pyramid, handstands and somersaults.

Most in the group began doing gymnastics from a young age and dedicate their lives to the sport.

The dream is to represent Ireland in the World and European Championships; some members were at the Worlds in China in 2015 and nine of them competed at the Europeans in Poland last year.

The two groups will be performing in the hope of continuing Cork’s winning form in the competition.

Last year, it was won by the 31 dancers from Billie-Jean’s Rhythm Dance Company in Midleton - who won a cash prize of €50,000 and got their own tv special on TV3.