The stage is now set for the semi-final of the Over-60s Talent Competition.
This is the 43rd year of the event and will take place in City Hall on Tuesday, May 7, at 8pm.
This week Paddy O’Brien paid tribute to all those who participated in the local heats, which began last January.
“These are the people who have made the Over-60s what it is today, the biggest social event in Ireland for senior citizens,” said Paddy O’Brien.
There are two new areas competing in the semi-final this year — Cloyne and Bartlemy.
This year the competition has “become international” with a lady from Lithuania representing Youghal.
Special guest artists at the semi-final will be the very popular Art Supple and Pakie O’Callaghan.
Art Supple has been in the showband scene for more than 40 years and is still doing gigs all over Ireland and aboard.
Cork Man Pakie O’Callaghan has entertained people for many years.
He has been on every stage in Ireland and has been on the RTÉ Joe Duffy Funny Friday show for many years.
Mr O’Brien said that most people who have attended the semi-finals for many years were surprised to learn that the event was being held on a Tuesday and not a Sunday.
He said the change was necessary due to the counting of votes for the elections taking place in City Hall.
This week Anne Riordan, regional manager of the Irish Heart Foundation, wished all the contestants the best of luck at the semi-final.
“Each year we receive the proceeds of the Over-60s and for that we are deeply grateful,” commented Anne.
Tickets are now on sale at Pro Musica Oliver Plunkett Street, Ryans Supervalu Glanmire, and Blackpool Shopping Centre.