AN IRISH traveller has emerged as the first breakout star of the new series of Ireland’s Got Talent thanks to a powerful rendition of a Finbar Furey classic.
The talent show returned for a second series this past weekend with 33-year-old Sharyn Ward proving to be among the stand-out performers.
In amongst the usual highs and lows, Ward initially took to the stage to perform the Ben E. King classic Stand By Me.
But while the Irish traveller and stay-at-home mum’s distinctive accent made for a special rendition of the pop classic, judge Louis Walsh wanted more.
Keen to hear the mother-of-two sing an Irish song, he challenged Sharyn to go outside her comfort zone with a performance of something else from the Emerald Isle.
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Walsh's instincts were soon proven correct.
Ward duly delivered the goods, singing Finbar Furey's Sweet Sixteen in a rendition that had the audience and judges alike in raptures.
Originally from Longford, her performance was one that warrants repeat listens and could prove to be the first step in an incredible journey for the undoubtedly talented singer.
Fans can't get enough of her or her incredible voice.
Watch this space.