A Westmeath singer and pianist was a big hit with the audience and the judges for the new series of Ireland’s Got Talent – which airs this Saturday, February 2.
Declan Colgan (20) from Mullingar works in social care.
His mother is a nurse, his brother works in healthcare, and his uncle is a paramedic – so he always had an interest in working in a caring sector.
His job involves working with adults and children with intellectual disabilities.
He helps them with getting up, getting washed and dressed and helps them to live independently.
Declan also does music therapy with his clients.
Music also runs in his family.
His passion for music came from his grandfather, who played the accordion.
Declan wanted to touch the accordion so his grandad used to put it up high, out of his reach.
He promised that he’d teach Declan how to play it someday, but passed away before he could.
Declan’s parents sent him to piano lessons which he says he hated until he started playing songs that he liked, including some of the hits from Michael Jackson and Queen.
He now plays guitar, bass, piano and drums, and he performs the odd gig in pubs around Mullingar.
From the age of 13/14 Declan performed in bands in various venues, but last year his friend gave it up so he’s doing it solo now.
His big dream is to sell out arenas and have songs in the charts but ultimately he just wants to be happy and play music.