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The first series of The All Ireland Talent Show was announced in November 2008 and commenced broadcasting on 4 January 2009, completing its first series on 15 March 2009. Modelled on Britain's Got Talent, it was produced by Tyrone Productions. Airing on RTÉ One, it was hosted by Gráinne Seoige.

Auditions took place in five locations across Ireland in November and December 2008. The auditions were divided into five regions with contestants competing only in their region of origin. The regions are Ulster, Connacht, Munster, Dublinmarker and non-Dublin Leinster. The auditions commenced airing on 4 January 2009. There were five judges and each regional judge, with the assistance of two other personalities who then disappear from the show, selected five acts to be put forward to the live studio heats, which began in February 2009. Louis Walsh was approached to act as a judge but refused to commit. On the opening night of series one, The All Ireland Talent Show had over 500,000 viewers, with Ireland only having a population of over four million people. The opening was similar to the Got Talent series. The twenty-five finalists competed for a first prize of €50,000, which was eventually won by the Mulkerrin Brothers of the Aran Islandsmarker.


Region Location Date
Dublinmarker Dublinmarker 15 November 2008
West GMIT, Galwaymarker 22 November 2008
North Derrymarker 29 November 2008
East Kilkenny Castlemarker 6 December 2008
South Corkmarker 13 December 2008


The five judges were announced on 13 November 2008. Each had two advisors.

Region Judge Advisors
Dublinmarker Shane Lynch Evelyn O'Rourke/John Keogh
West Dáithí Ó Sé Bláthnaid Ní Donnacha/Páraic Breathnach
North Dana Majella O'Donnell/Joe Lindsay
East Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh Cormac Battle/Frank McNamara
South John Creedon Michael Healy-Rae/Sinéad Shepherd

Shane Lynch expressed his concern over the tactical voting of other judges, saying that he felt some of them were deciding upon their marks in what he viewed as an incorrect way. "It's going to affect me, don't get me wrong, it has affected me in fact", he told RTÉ.ie. Referring to the elimination of his dance act Raw Edge Crew, Lynch commented: "They should have done it (progressed)... and there was tactical voting involved". Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has described herself as the "most honest" judge. Judge Dáithí also reported his dissatisfaction with his fellow judges. Judge Creedon reported his dissatisfaction with Judge Dáithí after the series.

List of contestants

Week one (Dublin)

The first episode was broadcast on 4 January 2009. It featured the Dublin auditions which saw Shane Lynch choose five acts to compete.

Angela Mykolyuk

Angela Mykolynuk is six years old. She is originally from the Ukrainemarker but now lives in Clontarfmarker with her family. At the auditions she sang "Fabulous" from High School Musical 2 to her own dance routine. Judge Shane Lynch advanced her despite the protests of his advisors Evelyn O'Rourke and John Keogh.

Bert and Victor O'Brien

Bert and Victor O'Brien are thirteen year-old twins from Kilbarrackmarker. Their mother bought a guitar for both of them. They earn about €80 for their busking sessions. At the auditions they sang "Coming Around Again" by Simon Webbe.

Elle N Elle

Elle N Elle are composed of Irish-Frenchmarker rappers Tamara Opreri and Vilma Barbosa from the James Street area. The duo write their own hip hop tracks and describe their songs as "accessible soft rap".


Genesis are a ten-piece dance troupe from across the city. They range in age from twelve to seventeen and many have previously performed on The Late Late Toy Show, The Den and Kazoo. They dance using theatrical white masks.

Raw Edge Crew

Raw Edge Crew are a group of dance teachers from Blanchardstownmarker aged from twenty to twenty-three. At the auditions they performed a hip hop medley ending in a tribute to Riverdance. They have been together for seven years and have previously represented Ireland in dance competitions in the United Statesmarker and Germanymarker. They share their skills with children from difficult backgrounds. They exited the competition after missing out on being the wild-card entry in the first live final on 8 February 2009.

Week two (The West)

The second episode was broadcast on 11 January 2009. It featured auditions from the West which saw Daithí Ó Sé choose five acts to compete.

Rachel Goode

Rachel Goode is a 17-year-old who lives in Ballinasloemarker, County Galwaymarker. She is a classical singer with an admiration for Charlotte Church.

Eva and Bernard Coyle

Eva and Bernard Coyle are a father and daughter act, who live in Roscommonmarker. While Eva sings, her dad accompanies her on the guitar. Judge Daithí was worried that her dad would simply be an after thought, while live in-studio, with background music, but Daithí put them through as a duo.

Daithí Ó Drónaí

Daithí Ó Drónaí is an 18-year-old, who lives in Galwaymarker. He plays the electric fiddle, and performed his own piece in the auditions called, "Daithí Embraces the Night". Ó Drónaí qualified for the final in week six.

Lilac Blues

Lilac Blues are a four-piece original band from the Midlands, Kathleen and Laura are on vocals singing in melodic harmonies, Emmett on drums, and Alan on guitar. they will sing an original song for the semi finals.

The Mullkerrins

The Mulkerrins are a traditional group. They comprise of three brothers from the Aran Islandsmarker off the west coast of the mainland. 14-year-old Padraig plays the accordion, 11-year-old Eamonn plays the fiddle, and 9-year-old Séan is a sean nós dancer. Their younger (fourth) brother cheers them on from the sidelines. The brothers progressed to the series finale and won the series on 15 March 2009.

Week three (The North)

The third episode was broadcast on 18 January 2009. It featured auditions from the North which saw Dana Rosemary Scallon choose five acts to compete.

Niamh McGlinchey

Niamh McGlinchey is 17-year-old from County Londonderry. She is a singer and the current winner of The All Ireland Scór na nÓg Singing Contest. She is currently doing her alevels at Saint Patrick's Maghera.


Rapture are a hip hop dance crew from Belfastmarker. They have ten members, all of whom are under eighteen years of age. They recently appeared on Britain's Got Talent

Donegal Tenors

Donegal Tenors are a four-piece group from County Donegalmarker. None of the members sing professionally but they do sing as a hobby. They exited in week six.

Clíona Hagan

Clíona Hagan is a 19-year-old opera singer from County Tyrone. If she wins she intends to spend the money helping her Granny, who cares for a relative.

The Rooneys

The Rooneys are a family traditional group from County Down, ranging in age from fourteen to twenty-two years. They have performed in the past, in front of 4,000 people, in Belfastmarker.

Week four (The East)

The fourth episode was broadcast on 25 January 2009. It featured auditions from the East which saw Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh choose five acts to compete.

Holly Ann Traynor

Holly Ann Traynor is a 20-year-old poet from County Louthmarker. She writes her own poetry which she then acts out in various accents.

Lauren Murtagh is a 7-year-old singer. She sang The Zutons song "Valerie" at the auditions. She is from Navan Co. Meath. She narrowly missed out on the final in the live shows, coming 3rd.

Donna Marie Sludds

Donna Marie is a mum of 3, who gigs as a singer full time. She started out singing years ago alongside her mum and dad. She is the most polished talent from Bláthnaid final 5, but Blathnaid feels her story will be accessible to loads of other working mums out there. She came second in the first live show, with a wildcard. She sparked controversy as she made it through to the final, as the rumored reason to be is, that Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh didn't have an act in the final already.

Lauren Boylan

Lauren is 17. She sang 'Falling' by Glen Hansard from the film 'Once'. All of the panel agreed that the purity of her voice was a rarity. They also loved her modesty and humility. She couldn't believe that she had made it through to the final 5 and had convinced herself that another contestant had got through. Blathnaid wants to make sure that her natural talent isn't over produced. She just missed out on a place in the final, coming 3rd in the live shows.

3rd World Records

2 rappers, one from Lagos and one from Limerick. Their rap is 'soft rap' and wants to embrace all ages. They were neighbours who bumped into each other in the street, said hello and took their talent from there. Advisor, Cormac Battle, couldn't believe that such a professional rap duo had walked into their audition room. These guys are also a bit of a gamble for Blathnaid, as she's worried the older generation might not get them. They came 5th in the series, thus leaving the competition.

Week five (The South)

The fifth episode was broadcast on 1 February 2009. It featured auditions from the South which saw John Creedon choose five acts to compete.

Barry Walsh

Barry Walsh' is a 19-year-old experimental guitarist from mallow County Corkmarker. He began to teach himself how to play at the age of 13 and entered the show following his first public performance at his Leaving Certificate ceremony.

Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch, also known as B Boy Six, is a 6-year-old hip hop and freestyle dance from County Waterfordmarker. He trains each day after school and all day Saturday and Sunday. Lynch placed second in the All-Ireland Hip Hop Championships this year.

Moneeka Murkerjee

Moneeka Murkerjee is a 13-year-old performer from Newmarket, County Corkmarker. She performed a mix of contemporary dance and contortion at her audition. Murkegee attends classes twice a week in Traleemarker, County Kerrymarker.

Toby Bedell

Toby Bedell is a 37-year-old sales supply manager from County Waterfordmarker, who has recently been made redundant. He said losing his job had forced him to reasess his life and claimed he would not have entered the show if still employed. Bedell played "Last Request" by Paolo Nutini at his audition.

Vlada Fitzgerald

Vlada Fitzgerald is a 10-year-old pian from County Corkmarker. She has been playing piano since the age of four. She performed "La Poupee De Marcella" by Jennifer Linn. Fitzgerald says she is passionate about piano and music in general. She exited in week six.

Live finals

Week six

The electric fiddler Daithí Ó Dronaí won the first live final in week six, airing on 8 February 2009. Donna Marie Sludds from the East was selected as the judges' wildcard entry after beating the Dublin dance act Raw Edge Crew. The other two acts to perform and exit were the Donegal Tenors and Vlada Fitzgerald.

North South East West Dublin
Donegal Tenors Vlada Fitzgerald Donna Marie Sludds Daithí Ó Dronaí Raw Edge Crew

Week seven

In week seven The Mullkerins got first spot while Moneeka Murkurjee got the judges wild card over Niamh McGlinchey. Elle n Elle came fourth and Holly Ann Traynor came third, despite praise from all judges.

North South East West Dublin
Niamh McGlinchey Moneeka Murkerjee Holly Ann Traynor The Mullkerrins Elle N Elle

Week eight

Dublin twins Bert & Victor O' Brien progressed from week eight, broadcast on 22 February 2009. They sang Iris" on their guitars. Lauren Murtagh performed a cover of The Zutons song "Valerie". Week eight's Wildcard entry was granted to operatic singer, Rachel Goode, whom Dana used her casting vote to send through instead of Murtagh.

North East Dublin South West
Rapture Lauren Murtagh Bert & Victor Barry Walsh Rachel Goode

Week nine

Winner:Jack Lynch,The Rooneys won the wildcard over Lauren Boyhan

North East Dublin South West
The Rooneys Lauren Boyhan Angela Mykolyuk Jack Lynch aka "B Boy 6" Lilac Blues

Week ten

Cliona Hagan, an opera singer representing the North, won week ten. Toby Bedell secured the Wildcard place after overcoming the father and daughter duo of Bernard and Eva Coyle. The dance group Genesis and rap act 3rd World Records were also losers.

North East Dublin South West
Cliona Hagan 3rd World Records Genesis Toby Bedell Eva and Bernard Coyle


The final took place on 15 March 2009. Celebrities to publicly wish the finalists well included ICE presenter Rob Ross and RTÉ 2fm DJ Cormac Battle. Ross said: "Good luck to everyone who is taking part in The All-Ireland Talent Show. You are all very talented so just your respective counties, your respective provinces proud." Battle advised: "This is it. It's not a dress rehearsal anymore. You've only got one chance to make a lasting impression and this is it, so go for it." Others interviewed for their thoughts on the final included ICE presenter Sinéad Kennedy and presenter of The Afternoon Show, Trevor Keegan. Shane Lynch's fellow members of Boyzone were present to support his act Bert & Victor, aside from Ronan Keating who was abstaining due to climbing Mount Kilimanjaromarker for Comic Relief. The Mulkerrin Brothers, mentored by Daithí Ó Sé of the West, won the series.

Dublin North West East South West
Bert & Victor
(performing "The Man Who Can't Be Moved")
Clíona Hagan
(performing "You'll Never Walk Alone")
Daithí O Dronaí Donna Marie Sludds
Jack Lynch a.k.a. B Boy Six The Mulkerrin Brothers


Viewing figures

It was claimed that over 500,000 people viewed the first episode which aired on 4 January 2009. The second show had over 600,000 viewers.


John Boland of the Irish Independent pointed out that judge Shane Lynch loved almost everything he saw and heard but suspected that the producers had "simply gone out into the street and rounded up the first 30 people they came across". He was also intrigued that many of the chosen contestants were either black or East European.

Also DJ Jockey Joe Collins claimed that Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh's judging skills were very poor. He pointed out that after sending an eleven-year-old home, why would she let through a seven-year-old?


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