Olo­han on jury for world song con­test

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW town man Sean Olo­han has just re­turned from a trip of a life­time in Krakow, Poland, where he was among the judges at the Lions World Song Con­test for vis­ually im­paired singers.

‘Sounds from the Heart’ pro­motes aware­ness of the dif­fi­cul­ties and needs of those with their sight im­paired. The con­test is in­tended for tal­ented vo­cal­ists strug­gling with sight prob­lems, whether they are blind or par­tially sighted, who are not pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians.

For Mr Olo­han, a mem­ber of Wick­low and District Lions Club, it was the sec­ond time he sat on the in­ter­na­tional jury of the com­pe­ti­tion, which runs ev­ery two years.

The con­test was set up by the Pol­ish Lions Clubs, sup­ported by var­i­ous Lions clubs through­out the world.

Mr Olo­han brought a special prize from Wick­low Lions Club which was pre­sented to a vo­cal­ist from Gambia.

The soon to be elected Pres­i­dent of Lions In­ter­na­tional, Go­drun Bjort Yng­vadot­tir from Ice­land, was also in at­ten­dance all week­end and spoke to Mr Olo­han about her in­ter­est in Lions ac­tiv­i­ties in Ire­land.

The Wick­low-man ex­plained the var­i­ous fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties car­ried out by the Wick­low Lions, with the an­nual pub quizzes im­press­ing her in par­tic­u­lar. He also made a small pre­sen­ta­tion from Ire­land to the in­com­ing Pres­i­dent.

‘Over­all it was one of the highlights of my mu­si­cal ca­reer to date and I was ex­tremely proud to rep­re­sent Ire­land, and in par­tic­u­lar Wick­low and District Lions, on an in­ter­na­tional stage,’ said Mr Olo­han.

Dr Jon Bjarni Thorsteins­son, Lions In­ter­na­tional, con­test judge Robert Kabara, Go­drun Bjort Yng­vadot­tir, First Vice-Presidet Lions In­ter­na­tional and Sean Olo­han, Wick­low and District Lions.

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