Victoria O’Hare from Kingswood, Dundalk is making waves in the world of Speech and Drama.
Victoria, who is a pupil of the Sharon Lynch School of Speech and Drama based in Heynestown Cross, Blackrock, has won countless awards, medals and trophies over the years.
Some of these include ‘Verse Speaking Champion at Feis and Examination level’, medals from the Leinster School of Music and Drama in Dublin, and countless accolades at Feis Mathew in Dublin and Newry/Warrenpoint Feis for test piece poems, favourite poems and Irish poet sections.
Victoria, who is in sixth class in the CBS, first started speech and drama classes when she was just three and half years old, her mother Caroline told the Democrat.
“Her older sister Rebekah is also a pupil of Sharon’s and when Victoria was younger she was very quiet.
“Sharon suggested that we allow her to come and sit in during one of Rebekah’s classes which we did and she hasn’t left since.
“She has even needed to take two years out of the competitions because she was too far ahead for her age.”
Caroline was full of praise for the speech and drama teacher calling her “second to none.”
“Victoria is a very quiet girl, very quiet in herself but you wouldn’t think it if you saw her on stage.
“It’s like she becomes a different person when she walks on stage, it’s great to see and we’re all very proud of her.
“She has a few competitions coming up in January and February and some exams too.”
Victoria also has an interest in singing and Irish dancing and is a member of the Carmel Connolly School of Irish Dancing in the Conradh na Gaeilge Hall, Seatown Place.
“In August of this year her team took third place in the under twelve girls eight hand reel at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Cavan.”
They had won the Leinster Fleadh in Enniscourty to qualify for the All-Ireland.
The CBS pupil is also a member of Freda Hearty’s ‘Dance Kids’, who perform two shows each year to help raise money for various charities.
Caroline told the Democrat that Victoria is always on the move.
“Victoria is always busy and likes to keep herself occupied.
“She is always doing something and when she is she gives in 100 per cent.”
Victoria’s little brother David is starting to take after his sister in that way.
David, who has Down’s syndrome, is currently competing in swimming and athletics for the Special Olympics.