Castlemartyr Man Barry Darcy is All Shook Up For Ireland’s Got Talent

By Seamus Whelehan

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Barry Darcy, from Castlemartyr says he is all shook up for his semi-final appearance on Ireland’s Got Talent on Saturday 6 April.   Still on cloud nine, the East Cork dad of two hasn’t come down to earth since he was fast tracked through to the semi-final after receiving a golden buzzer from Louis Walsh. During the day Barry works as a manual handling trainer with Kepak in Watergrasshill, and he will now faces weeks of blood sweat and tears as the public will be asked to whittle 24 acts down to just 8 over a three week period.

However, Barry is no stranger to the stage, the father of two is taking it all in his stride and enjoying the spotlight.    After years of frantically singing into his hair brush, at 18 he set up an Elvis tribute act performing at parties and special occasions in his home town of Wexford. With a repertoire ranging from Elvis to Roy Orbison, Joe Dolan and Paolo Nutini, the 38 year says he’s not a “one trick pony.”

In 2014 Barry was given life changing news, that he may never walk again after a herniated disc crushed the main nerve feeding the nerves in his legs. The Castlemartyr man defied doctors who said he may never walk again by focusing on his rehabilitation, vowing to prove them wrong.  “My injuries in 2014 stopped me from doing the Elvis show because I wasn’t able to put so much energy into it because of the condition of my legs so I went into a more main stream show” Barry tells the East Cork Journal.

No stranger to the pressure that comes along with entering a national competition, is well known Midleton Lady Billie Jean Sargent who has been on hand to offer her advice to Barry on her time on the show and her advice to Barry is to believe in yourself and ignore negative press.  Twelve months on from Billie Jean’s Rhythm Dance Company, RDC, winning the 2018, Ireland’s Got Talent, they remain in the public eye, with a one hour special about to air. The 31 strong East Cork Dance troupe, RDC, with an age profile of 10 -23 years, were the subject of some nasty comments online and Billie Jean admitted she “struggled” to protect the children from the negativity.  “I prepared the children from day one. I told them if there was 100 apples on a shelf and there were two really bad and 98 were really red and juicy, which one, would you go for. They said the red and juicy one- so you ignore the two bad apples that are always going to be around you.”     She said while it was tough the negativity was minimal, the group’s large fan base more than made up for the two bad apples.  “We have a very big fan base they are looking for us to open RDC in their home town and even in Dublin.”   The inaugural Ireland’s Got Talent winner said “to get to the semi-final is a big deal you can build a career off it.”  She said “to do a good enough gig for the public to like you and vote for you in the semi’s is essential.” “It takes a lot of hard work a lot of talent to get to that stage. “

We wish Barry the very best of luck and look forward to watching him on television on Saturday 6 April.

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