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Monday, 13th January 2020

Katie and Aoife's 'Chiquitita' wows the judges at The Voice UK

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Katie and Aoife Lynch pictured at assembly in the Sacred Heart School, Drogheda this morning after their brilliant performance in The Voice UK show at the weekend. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Normally the fact that you won an award at the Young Scientists Exhibition would mean you’d get star billing at your school assembly the next morning.

But this was not to be the case for Sacred Heart student Cliodhna Brady this morning after she won third prize for her project: ‘An evaluation of the results of isotope analysis conducted on human remains from Irish excavations to explore origins and dietary patterns.’

This morning’s assembly was like no other in the history of the school. There was great excitement among the 650 or so students in the assembly room as school Principal Leoni Carroll called for silence for the day’s announcements.

Ruth Murphy, Legal Director, BT presents the Biological and Ecological Intermediate Individual 3rd place Award to Cliodhna Brady, Sacred Heart Secondary School for her project in the Biological and Ecological Intermediate Individual Category. Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2020.

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There was great applause when Ms Carroll told the school about Cliodhna’s success and also for her colleague Chloe Peters who also did well in getting her science project on the effects of caffeine on cognitive performance, health and retaining information accepted for the Young Scientists.

 But there was even more excitement to come and all the girls new about it in advance. Two other Sacred Heart girls, 17-year-old Duleek twins Katie and Aoife Lynch, had also been making the news over the weekend as they wowed the judges in the Virgin Media talent show The Voice UK and sailed into the next round, The “Battles” stage of the hit TV show.

They wowed the judges with their rendition of the Abba song 'Chiquitita' which brought them thunderous applause from the audience in the Media City Studios in Manchester and reduced Ollie Murs to tears!

13/01/2020. The Voice stars Katie and Aoife Lynch pictured at Sacred Heart School, Drogheda this morning with school Principal Leoni Carroll (left), music teacher Linda Collins on piano and Vice Principal Deirdre Lynch. Photo: Andy Spearman.

The twins were back at school today and, although they were of course the centre of attention, they were also very much down to earth. Aoife told their schoolfriends that being on the Voice was the most exciting day of their lives.

The Lynch sisters then proceeded to give a rendition of ‘Chiquitita’ again and their performance brought the house down.

Katie and Aoife told Drogheda Life that they had been singing “all our lives” with the encouragement of their Dad Brian who is a musician himself.

The twins are regular buskers in Grafton Street and Henry Street in Dublin and they also played in the Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil. They will also be playing a gig in Whelan’s of Wexford Street on February 18th supporting the singer Martin McDonnell. They have decide to make the gig a charity affair with all proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.



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