Keith Hanley wins The Voice of Ireland

Proud Charleville woman Roisin Peddle reports on the winner of The Voice of Ireland… 

Keith Hanley, the Voice of Ireland winner

Keith Hanley, the Voice of Ireland winner

It promised to be one of the most dramatic finales of any talent show in history of television. Nine-and-a-bit months pregnant Kelly McDonagh-Mongan, Donegal man Shane McLaughlin, Corkonian Shannon Murphy and Charleville man Keith Hanley battled it out for €100,000 recording contract with Universal Music Ireland.

With three out of the final four contestants being from North Cork, the odds were high that the winner would be from the Rebel County. Shannon Murphy, from Rathcormac, sang ‘Ho Hey’ by the Lumineers but it wasn’t enough to win. She came in fourth.

Shane McLaughlin came in third, and although Kelly McDonagh-Mongan’s bump looked dangerously low, she powered through the show and sang Pink’s ‘Perfect’ with Una Healy of the Saturdays. Four were whittled to two, but public votes elected Keith the winner.

Keith, 19, is a native of Charleville and works at the local St Joseph’s Foundation as a special needs assistant. He has been singing for a number of years, releasing his first CD at the age of 14. Keith credits his grandfather for encouraging his talent. His uncle Tom Gallahue told the Limerick Leader, “Dad brought him into Funk Fusion stage school in Limerick and that’s how he started off. They were very close. I’m sure dad will be looking down on Sunday night.”

Keith’s own father, Martin, a highly respected member of the community, passed away suddenly a number of years ago. Keith is extremely close to his mother Alice and sister Eileen and is affectionately nicknamed “Mammy’s Boi”.

For tonight’s final, he sang Madcon’s ‘Begging’ and duetted with Ryan Sheridan, singing the Monaghan man’s hit ‘Jigsaw’. His coach, UK singer Jamelia, said, “Keith was always my winner.”

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Proud Charleville woman Roisin Peddle reports on the winner of The Voice of Ireland… 

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