Andy Jackson Wins Midleton Heat of Over 60’s

By Jordan McCarthy


Andy Jackson won the Midleton Heat of the Over 60’s talent competition, at the Midleton GAA club last week.
Andy, from Ballymacoda, will now go forward to contest the semi-final of the talent show, at Cork’s City Hall, in May. The local performer was a finalist in 2017, in what was his first year competing in the over 60’s show.
Andy, the husband of Ellen, and father of Niamh and Tomás, sang ‘Ol’ Man River’, in last year’s qualifier, and he gave another fantastic rendition of the same song at Midleton GAA club in this year’s heat. He’s now very much aiming to secure his place in the final again, when he takes to the stage for the semi-final, in the summer.
Speaking to the East Cork Journal, following his win in the Midleton over 60’s qualifier, Andy said; ‘‘it’s fantastic to win the heat. I entered it with the attention of trying to win it, and I did, so that’s a good thing. I sang the same song last year, only this time I’m going to stick with it. I sang ‘What a Beautiful Morning’ for the semi-final and final last year. I’m sticking with ‘Ol’ Man River’ throughout this time.
‘‘It’s great to be involved. I enjoyed it last year and I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it just as much this year. It’s the semis next and hopefully I will get through.’’
Paddy O’Brien, who is the main co-ordinator of the talent show, congratulated Andy on his success, and added; ‘‘it was a wonderful night (in Midleton), the biggest crowd we have had in many years. We had 14 contestants. Regrettably, we had to pick just one, and Andy will now go forward to the semi-final at City Hall in May.
‘‘I would also like to pay special tribute to Tom Flavin. Tom, who is now 82, has been singing in the heats for the past 25 years. People like Tom, Kathleen Woulfe (former Midleton heat co-ordinator) and Charlie McAllister (Midleton heat co-ordinator) make the over 60’s competition what it is today. Betty Maloney, the pianist, was also brilliant on the night. The overall standard of the performers was very high. We look forward to Youghal now at the weekend.’’
Paddy will be assisted by local PP Canon David Herlihy and local Comhaltas Chairman Micheal de Buitléir for the upcoming Youghal Qualifier, of the over 60’s talent show, which takes place at 8pm, in Brú na Sí, on Saturday night (March 3).